This is a very powerful PSA about online bullying. The fact that it’s filled with swearing should not, I think, stop people from sharing it, even with students.
The video made me think about an article I read earlier about Twitter (“One person’s history of Twitter, from beginning to end” from Medium).
Something to discuss (from about halfway through the article):
Yesterday’s topic was about book banning and censorship. How about hate speech and censorship? Where should we draw the line on free speech?
Here’s an article about a protest that took place in Tokyo a few days ago, outside of Twitter’s office.
That’s one way to protest. Another way is with humor. Like the “Mean Tweets” segment on Jimmy Kimmel. People read mean tweets about themselves. One way to deal with bullies is to laugh at them.
Here’s one with President Obama, done right before the election. His response to the last tweet is depressing to see now, but I do miss his sense of humor.
Google has created a series of games for kids to learn how to “be internet awesome”. It’s called Interland, which one translation dictionary tells me means “international contest” in Dutch.
Here’s a look at the game and the thinking behind it:
Here are a couple of articles about it from the past week’s news:
I played it for a little while yesterday and got to the 3rd level, feeling all the while how bad I am at games like this. I didn’t grow up playing computer games — not because they weren’t available (at least later in my formative years) but just a lack of interest. I do remember having a very good friend who spent entirely too much time playing something called Dark Castle. I got pretty good at that one.
Anyway, I don’t know how successful this game is at teaching people about online safety or digital citizenship, but for people who like games like this, at least it’s not violent. As the Verge article says, it
“seems less like a training tool and more like a sweetener that could get students interested in the material.”
Read about this “shape-shifting” pasta created by MIT researchers here:
“Flatpacking… Pasta: MIT might go IKEA on your macaroni and cheese”