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Hello, my name is Mrs. Ford.

We're going to continue looking at digital citizenship today in lesson three of our unit, "Online and the media: Rights, responsibilities, and keeping safe." We're going to explore what it means to be respectful to ourselves and others online, and also that our behaviour online is similar to the behaviour that is expected offline.

For today's lesson, you will need an exercise book or some paper, and a pen.

You may choose to have an alternative colour pen to improve your work following feedback given in this video.

Before you press play on today's video, you will have been asked to complete an introductory quiz.

If you haven't done that yet, I would suggest that you pause the video, complete the quiz, and then join us again for the rest of the lesson.

In today's lesson, we're going to be finding out what it means to be respectful.

We're also going to find out how we can be respectful of others and of ourselves when we are online.

We will also spend some time reflecting on our own online behaviour, and we will complete an exit quiz.

Before we get started, I want you to have a think.

What do you think it means to be respectful? Pause the video and write your answer down, please.

If you've pressed play, this means that you've had a go at explaining what you think respectful means.

To be respectful, as it says here, is to be polite and to show respect.

If you show respect, that means that you show consideration for the feelings, rights, needs, or wishes of other people.

You are thinking about what other people need, want, feel, or what they have the right to and that they deserve.

Now talking about rights, but what do these rights mean? Well, rights are the basic principles and freedoms that all people are born with, because we are human.

Our needs are the things that we require.

These are necessities.

Examples of needs are things like food, water, a roof over our head.

Needs are very different to wishes, because wishes are things that we want.

So how can you be respectful of others when you are online? As we've explored, being respectful, quick recap, includes consciously considering other people's rights, needs, and wishes.

In a second, I'm going to ask you to pause the video.

Your task will be to make a list of other people's potential needs, rights, and wishes.

What things should you be considering before you post or share online? I want you to try and include at least five examples in the list that you make.

Pause the video now and complete that task, please.

Let's have some feedback, then.

When you are looking at people's needs, what do we mean? Humans feel like they want to be connected to other people.

It is a need that we spend time with other humans.

If someone shares something that's really important to them, it's nice to acknowledge that sharing.

They post a picture, even just a thumbs up or a heart, whichever platform you're on, it's nice to say, "Oh, it looks like you've had a great day." It helps them to feel connected.

It may also be helpful to check in with your online friends and ask them just how they are feeling.

Just because we have a timeline of people telling us what they've been doing, doesn't mean that we shouldn't try and connect with them as well.

Sometimes, someone may be feeling really low, and they might just want somebody to talk to.

You can be that person to talk to.

Just pop in their message, their direct messages, "Hi, how are you doing?" You might be the one person that really perks their day up that day.

It can also help the person to improve their mood just by knowing that somebody out there cares and somebody out there wants to know how they are feeling and what they are doing.

We also need to think about other people's rights.

As we've discovered in lesson two of this unit, and if you haven't done that, you might choose to go out of this and complete lesson two.

We looked at the rights that we have, and we found out that the rights that we have offline are the same as those that we have online.

All digital citizens have these rights.

That means that anybody that uses the internet have the same rights.

In order to have rights, you also have responsibilities.

You need to uphold those rights for other people and for yourself.

Don't share personal information, either of yourself or of other people.

Don't share posts that could make other people feel uncomfortable.

You should report anything that you see that concerns you.

If you report it, this will help to protect other people from seeing the same thing, and it upholds their right to be able to view safe content.

And finally, wishes.

If a person asks you not to post a photo of them, you should not do it.

If someone has asked you not to share messages with others, you should not do it.

If someone has asked you not to add them to a group chat, don't add them.

They may be feeling awkward or anxious about what people think or what people are doing.

There might be reasons that you do not know as to why they don't want to have photos of them shared.

It is not your right to find out that information, but it is their right to have their wishes upheld by you.

So now we're going to look at some examples and I want you to decide whether you think that the example behaviour is respectful or not.

Zoya and Aisha have had a great time together and they made some silly videos.

Without asking Aisha for permission to share the videos, Zoya has shared them.

Is this respectful to Aisha or not? Have a pause and think about that.

This behaviour is not respectful.

If somebody has had a video or a photo taken of them, that is their personal information, and they should always be asked for permission before something is shared.

Being respectful of ourselves online.

How can we do that? Well, to be respectful of yourself online, you need to value yourself.

You need to respect your own feelings.

You need to be honest with yourself.

You need to show yourself kindness, and don't cut yourself down.

You are worth a lot.

Don't sit there on social media saying bad things about yourself, because that only gives people permission to say bad things about you as well.

Reflect on yourself, value yourself, and see that you are a wonderful person inside and out, no matter what.

You also need to maintain boundaries, so you need to behave online as you would in the real world.

Don't talk to strangers.

Don't share information with people that you don't know.

Would you walk to a stranger and start sharing videos and photos of yourself? No, so don't do it online.

Keep those boundaries.

You also need to check your profile.

What does your profile picture say about you and is that the image you want to put out there to a global community? Does your profile picture or pictures or videos on your social media pages show that you respect yourself? Would your grandparents, teachers, people who are older than you look at that and think that you are respecting yourself? If not, don't do it.

And finally, maintain your privacy.

Before you post it, do you want all of your family, all of your friends to know about what you're about to post? It is so easy these days to be able to share that information online with other people.

Do you want strangers to know what you're posting? If not, don't share it.

And do not, please, share personal information, yours or somebody else's.

Let's have a look to another situation.

Here's Nicky.

In real life, Nicky is really calm, polite and kind to other people.

He has recently been finding himself getting quite worked up and angry, so he set up an anonymous account to take out his frustrations.

Instead of posting angry comments, which he started out doing, he has now begun to start trolling other people online.

This means that he's been leaving offensive messages under people's posts, just to upset them and just to annoy them.

He'd never do this in real life.

We need think about this.

If Nicky was your friend, what advice would you give him? Pause the video and think about that now, please.

So a quick reflection.

I want you to think about your online activity.

What could you do to show more respect to yourself and to other people online? If you're not yet a digital citizen, 'cause some of us have never used the internet, can you create a top 10 list of tips for yourself to follow when you are ready to use the internet.

Pause the video and complete that task now, please.

So, some feedback, some top tips here.

You should remember to behave as you would offline when you are online.

Think about it.

Would you walk up to a person and say what you are saying online to their face? Would you share things with strangers? Protect your privacy.

This also includes not sharing personal information.

Don't share other people's information, either.

You must always follow the rules set out by the digital company of the platform that you are using.

I also want you to THINK before you comment or share.

You might see this at school.

THINK stands for, is the post true? Is it helpful? Is it inspiring? Is it necessary? And finally, are you being kind with this post? If it doesn't hit those things or some of those things, then don't post it.

Be thoughtful of other people's feelings.

If somebody sat there reading what you are posting or seeing the pictures that you are posting, how are they going to feel? If it's going to upset them, don't post it.

Acknowledge other people and their posts, where appropriate.

Say, "Hey, your photo looks really great.

Where did you go today?" Those things will keep that human interaction going.

You should also respect other people's boundaries.

If they decide that they don't want to post pictures, that's fine.

Allow them to do that.

I remember when I had my baby, my first baby and my second baby, my sisters were so excited to be aunties that they wanted to keep taking pictures of my babies and posting them to their social media accounts.

Now, I'm really strict with my social media account.

If I won't go out and meet somebody for a coffee or I won't phone them up to ask them how they've done at the end of the day, I won't have anybody that is outside of that criteria on my social media.

On my social media, I share pictures of my children.

I share stories of things that we've done, and if I don't want to sit down and have a coffee with somebody, or if I don't want to speak to them on the phone, then I don't think that they have the right to see those things, and I don't have the right to share them with them, because they are my children.

My sisters choose to have a wider community on social media, so I asked my sisters to stop posting pictures of my children on their social media accounts.

They weren't happy about it, 'cause he wanted to really show off how much they love my children, but they had to respect my boundaries, because that's my children and my choice.

That's my personal information that they're sharing, and those are my children.

You should also be polite and use your manners online.

If somebody offers something, you say, "Thank you." If you are asking for something, you can say "Please." Just be kind to people.

After you've completed that work, it'd be really lovely to see the work that you completed.

So if you want to, you can ask your parent or carer to share that work with Oak National, tagging in @OakNational and the hashtag #LearnwithOak.

Make sure that you complete the end-of-lesson quiz, and I look forward to seeing you on lesson four.