Ending Public Shaming

Monica Lewinsky’s in depth presentation “The Price of Shame” shows us her background and struggles with online public shaming while giving us her advice on how society can begin to approach and solve these online issues positively. As Lewinsky stated in her presentation “We need to return to a long-held value of compassion- compassion and empathy”. I couldn’t agree more with her and as an educator, I not only plan to teach my students about how we can protect ourselves from the negativity on the internet, but also how we can display compassion and show empathy towards others.

Digital identities can be easily searched and viewed on the internet now, even if the correct privacy settings are properly changed to private (scary I know). It is important for students to come to the realization how easy it is to access certain material on the internet. I would implement this lesson into my classroom by showing the students how simple it is to search someone or something on google and what can be found during internet searches.

As an educator, it is also important to teach students that as soon as you hit that “Post” or “Share” button, it is made public potentially forever…Always think twice before posting!

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Showing the students examples of people who have suffered negative consequences because they made a wrong choice on the internet at some point in their life, would be an effective lesson for students because witnessing these consequences first hand might allow them to proceed on the internet with more caution. Students need to be taught and always reminded that even though you may think it is something “Small” or “Not a big deal” at the time, it can change your life just like Monica Lewinsky’s story.

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  1. Great post! I agree with what you said, “I would implement this lesson into my classroom by showing the students how simple it is to search someone or something on google and what can be found during internet searches”. I think that digital citizenship should be included in the curriculum and students should take it very seriously!

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