Thursday, August 8, 2013

not very is there a way to make it safe? is a social networking site with 60 million users, around half of them under 18. It's a place where kids can gossip without adults around. But lately the playground atmosphere has turned nasty and it has been linked to a spate of teenage suicides.

Friday, June 28, 2013

‘sexting’ and cyber bullying

Issue in your school? Certainly is for us/me.

‘Photograph’ a film about ‘sexting’ and cyber bullying
The resource is produced by the CentaCare Sandhurst Loddon-Mallee Cyber Safety Project, “Developing Ethical Digital Citizens” funded by the Telstra Foundation, a local film-maker and 40 Bendigo teenagers.

A teacher and student resource recommended for years 7- 12.
A unique DVD ROM for teachers and community groups to use to promote discussion about what can be sensitive issues involving teenagers, sex and repercussions.
Photograph tackles the problem of ‘sexting’ or the creating, sharing and forwarding of sexually explicit images and text by teens.
The Study Guide is written by Robyn Treyvaud and Lee Burton
Authors of Cybersafe Kids CD ROM
Key consultants and writers for Cybersmart- the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) website 2009.
The 15 minute film on the DVD ROM, Photograph, shows the repercussions when a 15 year old girl sends an inappropriate photograph of herself to her boyfriend. The story focuses on the emotional impact on the girl, her parents and her friends and the legal and emotional impact on the boy and his parents. Its 17 year old star, Carly Loftus says, “People our age don’t see the consequences of who it can affect and how many people it can affect. It’s really something that affects someone’s self esteem and confidence.”
Aired at international conferences on cyber safety, Photograph is a unique film. Nowhere else in the world has this problem been tackled in such a way, by involving teenagers in the production of a film for them on this subject.
The extensive study guide and DVD contains information about the film and how to use it in schools, the consequences for perpetrators and victims and the role of bystanders. A detailed section on strategies to prevent sexting and cyberbullying and how to respond to incidents includes.
•Information sheets to print out for students and parents.

•Interviews with Sergeant Matt Gildea from the Victoria Police and main actors

•Class discussion starters and activities including restorative practice questions

•A research and production activity

•Incident response procedural flowchart

•Incident assessment tool

•Current research and resources.

Distributed by the Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM).