Tagged: cyberwellness

不爱才是害!

Source: Lianhe Zaobao 18 June 2010

My Facebook response in Chinese:

笔者借鉴教授砸电脑的事件,凸显学生滥用资讯科技。我倒觉得这起事件揭露了时下的课堂教学与孩子在课外的数码生活脱节的现实。其实我们是否也应该想想:大人为什么开会时常被社交媒体科技“干扰”呢?是不是会议无法引起我们的兴趣?还是我们不懂得所谓的开会礼仪?无庸讳言,大家猛开的会议似乎也脱节了。

笔者提到我们可能会步西方国后尘,电脑资讯造成教学弊病,学校将首先成为灾难区。我倒想反问笔者,要是学生在中小学没有机会正确有效地学习及使用科技,难道要等到他们步入社会才学吗?那么灾难区不是将来的社会大学?

笔者也提到孩子缺乏自制能力。与其一律禁止和过滤,不如致力于教导孩子正确的数码公民价值观。如果教学还不迎头赶上孩子的学习需要,恐怕最终吃亏的就是我们的下一代了。

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Digital media may affect morality

From The Straits Times:

WASHINGTON: Rapid-fire digital media such as 24-hour news bulletins and status updates from Twitter and Facebook may confuse our moral compasses, new research suggests.

In a new study to be published next week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) found that emotions related to our sense of morality, such as admiration and compassion, take much longer to form than our visceral reactions to pain or physical suffering.

Hmm…hence the importance of Cyberwellness and Digital Citizenship?

Blog ranting, Cyberbullying and Freedom of Expression

Today I faced a situation I never handled before.

I happened to read a pupil’s blog about her daily rantings. Basically it is ‘dedicated’ to two anonymous classmates whom she deemed as bullies. I will not reveal the blog address but here are 2 excerpts:

“…since you have no true friends….And please, don’t insult people’s taste of books. We are not like you, who read all those sophisticated books and text and not even get the top in class for Composition…And you don’t have to act so arrogant and pround when ask about your percentage for the examinations.”

“Well, then, should I call you a rapist the next time you hit me hard for no rhyme or reason? And anyway, if I was the most hated girl in school, then explain how more then 80% of the school coghort either not know who I am or is my very good friend? You are not any good guy all right, get this clear!”

Here’s my advice to her tagboard.

Well, anonymous personal attacks on others online reflect badly on oneself as well.

She didn’t respond to the message. Instead another reader defended her with a series of messages. I shall quote most of them here:

completely disagree. a blog is an outlet of expression. you should be allowed to post what you want.”

“with responsibility, yes. but look at the attacks. they are harmless and aren’t vulgar.”

“she did not superficially write abt her them by calling them names or making unreasonable comments.”

“in fact, she was just expressing the injustice she felt , and perhaps get their understanding.”

“if, in a blog, she is not given the basic right of expressing her feelings, then, there’s no point.”

“and by feelings i mean her emotions. cos this is an online diary.”

I did engaged in a small debate with this reader who happened to be an ex-pupil of my school in the tagboard and later on MSN.

It did not turn ugly anyway, as he held strongly to his opinions on freedom of expression in blogs. I did gave him a scenario of permanency in information online, but the pupil was not convinced.

I ended the conversation in quite an amicable fashion (at least i felt) by saying his views were thought provoking and I had learnt more about digital citizenship, from the perspective of a pupil 🙂

My thoughts:

1. Pupils blog to express themselves. Unfortunately, most inspirations came from the negatives of their school lives. While we can encourage pupils to blog the positives, negatives are inevitable.

2. How to strike a balance between freedom of expression and responsible blogging?

3. What if Cyberbullying is a form of retaliation of real-life bullying? In other words, how can we advise pupils who made online personal attacks on real-life bullies?

4. Are rantings about classmates considered Cyberbullying? Even they have little or no ill intentions?

Any comments? Have I done anything right or wrong?