Digital Citizenship: Resources for South African Teachers
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Helping students stay safe and productive online- brought to you courtesy of St Alban's College library
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The Outrage Machine | Retro Report | The New York Times

Published on Jun 20, 2016
Shaming punishments have been around since Eve, but the advent of social media has created a new type of mob online.

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How young people are using the internet in 2016 | UNICEF

Published on Jun 6, 2016
From Brazil to Madagascar, young people tell us how they socialize on the internet. What are your tips for staying safe online?

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Tinder Dealbreakers That Wouldn’t Be Dealbreakers IRL — Medium

Tinder Dealbreakers That Wouldn’t Be Dealbreakers IRL — Medium | Digital Citizenship: Resources for South African Teachers | Scoop.it
That terrible haircut.
Too beardy.
Hates cats.
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Facebook Clarifies Site Not Intended To Be Users’ Primary Information Source I The Onion

Facebook Clarifies Site Not Intended To Be Users’ Primary Information Source I The Onion | Digital Citizenship: Resources for South African Teachers | Scoop.it

19 May 2016

MENLO PARK, CA—Addressing concerns about the site’s alleged bias in how it displays news stories in users’ feeds, Facebook executives held a press conference Thursday to clarify that the social network was not intended to serve as anyone’s primary source of information, and that its 1.6 billion active users should, at most, be spending 15 minutes on the platform in a given day in the first place.

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Some nice satire here...

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BROS ON INSTAGRAM I Jimmy Tatro

Published on May 14, 2016
THE NEW INSTAGRAM ICON IS SUPER WEIRD, AMIRITE?!
...anyway. Our bro JIMMY TATRO hosts this week's episode of Betch and is a little tooooooo good at gramming.

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I really enjoyed this amusing look at the ridiculous lengths some people go to to get the perfect shot for Instagram

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7 Ways To Be Insufferable On Facebook - Wait But Why

7 Ways To Be Insufferable On Facebook - Wait But Why | Digital Citizenship: Resources for South African Teachers | Scoop.it

8 July 2013

Insufferable Facebook behavior boils down to image-crafting, narcissism, jealousy-inducing, attention-craving, or loneliness.

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Andrew van Zyl's curator insight, May 12, 5:47 AM

This is a slightly dated post but it is so comprehensive and useful that I just had to include it. I think it would make a great tool for class discussion and self-reflection.

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South Korea tackles youth mobile-phone addiction I Al Jazeera

Published on Mar 5, 2016
The South Korean government is planning to create treatment centres where youngsters will be forced to live without their mobile phones and computers. A rural school in the country is enrolling teenagers every few weeks where their phones and laptops are taken away and they are encouraged to read, play games and interact in the real world.

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Beyond the Highlight Reel, When Living Out Loud Gets Hard I Huffington Post

Beyond the Highlight Reel, When Living Out Loud Gets Hard I Huffington Post | Digital Citizenship: Resources for South African Teachers | Scoop.it

2 March 2016

As a social media professional, it's easy for me to recognize the carefully crafted shots and understand the effort it takes to capture moments like these, even for models traveling on yachts in the Mediterranean Sea. And as someone who has chosen to live my life out loud, I also understand what's not being captured, like the long-lines, the rude customer service experience or the broken toenail from one too many glasses of wine the night before. As curators of content, we don't post things people don't want to consume.

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Sexting cases on the rise for teenagers - YouTube I CBS

Published on Nov 11, 2015
High schools across the country are dealing with teens who are finding themselves facing suspensions and even criminal child pornography charges for exchanging sexts.

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Can teens cope without their smartphones? - Channel 4

Published on 22 Sep 2015
Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram and Keek. If you're a teenager - this is how you communicate - through the constant swipes of your smartphone. So what would life offline be like? We've took the smartphones away from three teenagers for 48 hours to see.

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Wow...this was a real eye-opener for me. Great to start a discussion about our relationships with our devices-especially social media.

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Social Media Will FU*K You Up.-Prince Ea

Published on Aug 17, 2015
Be Careful

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Yeah, Prince EA does use the F-word, but not excessively, and he tackles these kinds of issues in such a clear manner and is able to speak to students in ways that teachers aren't able to...methinks. I absolutely love his clip Can we auto-correct humanity.

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▶ How Mob Mentality Gets Worse Online - DNews

Published on Aug 1, 2015
It seems like people are quick to attack people online. Is mob mentality worse on the Internet?

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▶ How One Tweet Can Ruin Your Life | Jon Ronson | TED Talks

Published on Jul 20, 2015
For the longest time Jon Ronson reveled in the fact that Twitter gave a voice to the voiceless ... the social media platform gave us all a chance to speak up and hit back at perceived injustice. But somewhere along the way, things took a turn. In this passionate, eloquent talk, Ronson explains how too often we end up behaving like a baying mob — and that it's time to rethink how we interact with others online.

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Put the Phone Down: How the Internet Is Killing Our Manners I Naomi Cooper

Put the Phone Down: How the Internet Is Killing Our Manners I Naomi Cooper | Digital Citizenship: Resources for South African Teachers | Scoop.it

13 June 2016

Because this is where we are now as a society, this is what we’ve become. We can barely make it through a dinner, hell we can hardly stomach a conversation without our phones stitched to our hands, six inches from our eyes as we shun engaging with the living, breathing friends in front of us for the chance that someone we haven’t actually made the effort to see in years might have pressed that magic little heart on the Instagram picture we took yesterday of a random dog.

 

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Blue Tick Anxiety: a WhatsApp Survival Guide I ZANews

Blue Tick Anxiety: a WhatsApp Survival Guide I ZANews | Digital Citizenship: Resources for South African Teachers | Scoop.it

31 May 2016

We’ve all been there. You write a message to a friend, a colleague or a significant other and hit “send”. The first grey tick appears, and you know that your message is on it’s way. Now if you’re like most people with too much time on their hands, you might still be staring dully at your phone when the ticks turn blue. Hooray! Another person now knows that you were totes hungover today and are laughing out loud about it while simultaneously hoping they’re “kewl”.

But then suddenly, nothing happens.

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Teens Addicted to Social Media I Huffington Post

Teens Addicted to Social Media I Huffington Post | Digital Citizenship: Resources for South African Teachers | Scoop.it

15 April 2016

I attended an interview with Nancy Jo Sales about her book American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers, at the 2016 Woodstock Writers’ Festival. Her research, based on conversations with over 200 teen girls from across the country representing all different demographics, painted a very disturbing picture of the world our teenage girls are living in

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14 Things Instagram Users Are Guilty Of I Buzzfeed

Published on May 10, 2016
Accidentally liking someone’s old photo? We’ve all been there.

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Researchers: Forget Internet Abstinence; Teens Need some Online Risk -- THE Journal

Researchers: Forget Internet Abstinence; Teens Need some Online Risk -- THE Journal | Digital Citizenship: Resources for South African Teachers | Scoop.it

16 May 2016

If adults want to help teenagers learn how to handle the big risks of Internet usage, the best thing we can do is let them get used to handling smaller risky online situations. That's the conclusion from a Pennsylvania State University research project that examined adolescent online safety.

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You Are Not Your Likes I Huffington Post

Published on Dec 16, 2015
This is Shea Glover's message to breathe beautiful. Social media should not be the deciding factor of the strength of our self worth.

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The medium is the messengers I The Economist

The medium is the messengers I The Economist | Digital Citizenship: Resources for South African Teachers | Scoop.it

5 March 2016

In rural China and Turkey social media were viewed as a distraction from education. But in industrial China and Brazil they were seen to be an educational resource. Such a divide was evident in India, too. There, high-income families regarded them with suspicion but low-income families advocated them as a supplementary source of schooling.

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Let's design social media that drives real change I TED Talk

Let's design social media that drives real change I TED Talk | Digital Citizenship: Resources for South African Teachers | Scoop.it

December 2015

Wael Ghonim helped touch off the Arab Spring in his home of Egypt ... by setting up a simple Facebook page. As he reveals, once the revolution spilled onto the streets, it turned from hopeful to messy, then ugly and heartbreaking. And social media followed suit. What was once a place for crowdsourcing, engaging and sharing became a polarized battleground. Ghonim asks: What can we do about online behavior now? How can we use the Internet and social media to create civility and reasoned argument?

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Like Kate Winslet, I'll ban my daughter from social media I Celia Walden

Like Kate Winslet, I'll ban my daughter from social media I Celia Walden | Digital Citizenship: Resources for South African Teachers | Scoop.it

3 Nov 2015

Self-esteem in young girls is being destroyed by Instagram and Facebook, as Australia's online star Essena O'Neill has shown

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If Couples Acted Like They Do On Facebook- College Humor

Published on 8 Oct 2015
But... can't you two just talk in person?

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A Better Kind of Selfie Stick: "Friend" - College Humor

Published on 9 Jun 2015
Finally, take selfies so good they're just called "pictures".

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▶ Baby Roleplay - The Instagram game using stolen photos of other people's children - BBC Trending

Published on Aug 3, 2015
If you're a parent who's posted a picture of your child online, the role-playing game #BabyRP may make you double check your privacy settings. Players take photos of children harvested from other people's accounts. They then post the stolen pictures to their own Instagram account with a new name and an imaginary storyline, inviting others to role-play being daddy, mummy or child.

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