In my EDTC 300 class we had the opportunity/honor to hear from Carol Todd. For those of you who don’t know, Carol Todd lost her daughter to suicide after she was bullied and blackmailed online. Carol Todd showed such courage and grace while talking to us I was inspired by everything she said.
Because of what Amanda Todd, and the TED Talk presenter Monica Lewinsky, went through I have learnt that the internet can be scary place. But just because the unspeakable happened to them that doesn’t mean we should be afraid or teach our students to be afraid.
Why is it when students are getting bullied online we tell the victim to give up social media? Why should the victim be punished? Teaching our students to have a self awareness about using technology is the best thing we can do. Kids make mistakes just like everybody else, but the difference is that their mistakes can be blasted all over the internet. Just being a guide and a listener to students who are having issues online is the best thing you can do for them.