School’s out Friday

Take a look at this and think seriously about the information you’re posting in online spaces. We can all do with some timely reminders about being conscious of what you’re sharing out there, and this video is a fun way of doing just that with the people in your circle of friends.

It’s been a somber day here in Melbourne and it doesn’t feel right trying to post something humorous tonight. The tragic news about Jill Meagher, a 29 yr old woman who went missing a week ago after a night out with friends while only 500 or so metres from her front door, has really shaken many people in our city. You like to think people are inherently good, but when you hear of incidents like this, where people are abducted, then raped and murdered, it shakes confidence levels. The outpouring of grief and support for Jill’s husband and family in social media circles has been overwhelming, but there has also been sharing of information about the perpetrator, and that has far more serious consequences for the proper carriage of justice. Tania Sheko has written an excellent post today synthesising the issues coming from people sharing information in online spaces. I’d recommend you visit and take a read. She questions when we are going to start addressing issues like this in our school curriculum to ensure we help our students to become mindful digital citizens. I’m already thinking that this is a discussion we could be having in my English class when we return from the holiday break. We really do need to find timely opportunities to help our students navigate what is new terrain and help them understand how oversharing can be both an issue for you on a personal level, but possibly one with legal implications as well as has been borne out today.

Tomorrow is AFL Grand Final day here in Australia. It’s a national event, but the core fan base is seeded here in Victoria where the game originated. I’m a Hawthorn supporter, so I’ll be glued to the television screen tomorrow afternoon as we indulge in a good old fashioned Aussie barbeque at a friend’s house. Here’s hoping the Hawks can pull off the win!

Enjoy your weekend. Stay safe. 🙂

 

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