Recently we ran some e safety workshops for students in Key Stages 1 and 2. This was followed by a MAL for colleagues raising awareness about the wider issues surrounding online lifestyles and Social networking,
One very telling thing was how many of us may think we are immune to the apparent naivety and youthful playfulness if our cares... The following video a trailer for "Two Boys" by the English National Opera, entitled "Will you be my friend?" raised a few eyebrows when shown. It is incredibly thought provoking, especially in terms of the normalisation of how we behave online, the language of social networking and how this is translated if transferred to the real world. Just pondering how this might translate into a series of activities to use in school, with our older students.
I have no doubt the actions of the character would be greeted as beyond weird and creepy by many of them, though as an exercise in facing the reality of online behaviours it would be interesting to see reactions if the abstracted and remote world of networking socially could be allowed to seep into the real world for a short burst of time.
A creative and cringeworthy moment of ICT Inspiration and 3 minutes well spent...