Article from Alissa Sklar on the Amanda Todd Tragedy

Here is an article from Alissa Sklar (mother of two of our students and author of the Risk within Reason blog)  that nicely compliments my recent focus on digital citizenship:

 

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Sklar reinforces our school’s attitude toward social media, where it is better to teach our children about it than to ban it:

Hysterical, fear-motivated responses include passing thoughtless and ineffective “zero-tolerance” anti-bullying policies at schools or banning the use of social media at school instead of teaching good digital citizenship.

She also reminds us that cases like Amanda Todd’s are extreme, the worst case scenario. That most teens’ experiences online is positive and kind. As well, she reminds us that it is very important to clearly define bullying and what kind of behaviour does or does not fall under this rubric.

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