Tolerance, Bullying, Standing Up for what is right!
We have started this year of with some amazing, mind shattering (at least mine) discussions and activities that have allowed our students to get to know each other. Parents “Million Words or Less”, Snapshot Autobiographies, Reading & Writing Surveys, Journalling to ourselves, sharing what we are passionate about, among others.
This week we have had a discussion about Twitter and Social Media in general. I wanted to share with you, as parents of my students, what was shared and discussed.
What did we talk about in class?
Twitter Gift – First I shared with them the link to the actual document, the agreement between Twitter and the Library of Congress. Twitter, Inc. gifted ALL TWEETS (public and private) to the Library of Congress from its inception until it is no longer a company. This is in order to share the Story of America. Everything we, as citizens of the world do, is now done through Social Media. Twitter is one of the avenues people share their lives with others. That is part of America’s story. Library of Congress collects important parts of America’s story. Students that are on Twitter need to understand that everything they do, share, retweet, and are connected to, is public knowledge forever in the Library of Congress. This can be scary if you don’t realize what you say is completely public.
Twitter FAQ page – This is a link to a page on the Library of Congress that shares their thoughts on this whole “Twitter Gift” idea.
To this day Video – I want to share with you a video of a poem about tolerance, bullying, treating others with respect and how our actions can have long lasting effect on people. They then shared their ideas with one another as responses to a post on Edmodo. Their words were powerful, to say the least. It was incredible to see what each other had to say about the topic of Bullying and Treating others with respect. We had the entire range of “this doesn’t happen” to “it happens all the time!”
USA Today Article – The article recently published in The USA Today about High School students in Ohio convicted of Rape. They had posted pictures, tweets, video, of themselves doing these things to their fellow student (human being). We did not discuss this in class to the detail that the article goes. This is another example of how your online alter-ego can get you into trouble.
My challenge to students.
Make it a point to notice how other people treat one another. Make it a point to be kind, say hello to each other, give each other compliments. Make it a point in your life to move kindness, compassion, empathy, and Rachel’s Challenge to the top of your priority chain. How you act toward one another will get my students much farther in their life than any assignment, grade, or test will ever take them. ~Just a bit of my opinion. 🙂
Each student that gets their parents to comment on this post will get 10 points bonus. Parents, please reply to this post with your thoughts, ideas, comments, support, etc. before October 21, 2013! You can also see what last year’s parents mentioned. Let’s keep the conversation going and show our thoughts.