Digital Footprint

12 May

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I have been listening to a number of Radio New Zealand podcasts recently. A discussion on the radio about a video capturing the bullying of a bus monitor from some time back caught my attention. Here is the video in question. This now infamous video was appalling, troubling and upsetting. To watch those boys harass, belittle and inflict such hatred on another human being was more than I could witness silently. The related videos were just as hard to watch.

As a Dad and a teacher my immediate reaction was to think about how this horrible incident could be used to educate my children. This very public event provides an opportunity to discuss two important lessons. The first lesson is about bullying. The video allows us to look into a bullying event and talk about the actions of the victim, the bullies and the bystanders. It is a very real look into something that is not often captured on tape.

The second lesson that emerges from this event is digital footprint. The bullying was filmed, posted, re-posted and has gone viral. Is is being watched by people around the world. Sadly this is not the first nor will it be the last.

My daughter and I, the staff and my students have had all had robust conversations about this. .Was it an important discussion to have with my children? Yes. Teaching about bullying has always been part of the “job” of being a parent but teaching about digital footprint has not. Now it is a MUST. Our children live in a digital world that they navigate easily but without a full understanding of it’s power. Like all children they need parental guidance and support as they learn. Parenting in a digital world is not always easy or something we, as adults, fully understand but it is so important. For me this teaching lives in the conversations I have with my children when I stop to seize the moment.

Privacy Intro The Digital Footprint.

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