Series Common Sense Media: The Good and Bad of Using Different Online Personas

ELA.SL.7.1d

Common core State Standards

  • ELA:  English Language Arts
  • SL:  Speaking and Listening Standards 6-\x80\x9312
  • 7:  7th Grade
  • 1d: 
    Engage effectively in a range of collaborative
    discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacherled)
    with diverse partners on grade 7 topics,
    texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and
    expressing their own clearly.

    a. Come to discussions prepared, having read
    or researched material under study; explicitly
    draw on that preparation by referring to
    evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe
    and reflect on ideas under discussion.

    b. Follow rules for collegial discussions, track
    progress toward specific goals and deadlines,
    and define individual roles as needed.

    c. Pose questions that elicit elaboration and
    respond to others'\x80\x99 questions and comments
    with relevant observations and ideas that bring
    the discussion back on topic as needed.

    d. Acknowledge new information expressed by
    others and, when warranted, modify their own
    views.

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ELA.SL.7.4

Common core State Standards

  • ELA:  English Language Arts
  • SL:  Speaking and Listening Standards 6-\x80\x9312
  • 7:  7th Grade
  • 4: 
    Present claims and findings, emphasizing
    salient points in a focused, coherent manner
    with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and
    examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate
    volume, and clear pronunciation.

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The Good and Bad of Using Different Online Personas

Lesson Objective: Consider evidence and multiple perspectives to assess online behavior
Grades 6-8 / Online Security
ELA.SL.7.1d | ELA.SL.7.4

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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. How does the use of post-it notes and a scale (of harmless to harmful) help Mr. Van Dyck quickly assess different opinions?
  2. What strategies does Mr. Van Dyck use to encourage appropriate debate?
  3. In what ways do you see students reconsider or re-evaluate their opinions?

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Transcripts

  • WHICH ME FINE

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    TCH Teaching Channel & Common Sense Media Present
    Brian Van Dyck VO/OC
    Today, we're going

    WHICH ME FINE

    GRAPHICS ON SCREEN
    TCH Teaching Channel & Common Sense Media Present
    Brian Van Dyck VO/OC
    Today, we're going to talk really quick about online behavior.
    Brian Van Dyck VO/OC
    My name is Brian Van Dyck. And I teach at...
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    Buchser Middle School, Santa Clara, CA
    ...Buchser Middle School in Santa Clara Unified School District.
    Brian Van Dyck OC/VO
    I'm going to start with a video. Today's video is about a young man that's interested in music. And he has found online chat rooms that he clearly knows are mostly adult.
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    "People Treat You Differently If They Think You're 25."
    Male Child with Dark Hair VO
    People treat you differently if they think you're 25 than if they think you're 14. I don't want to make people think I'm an adult but I didn't want people to judge what I was saying because of my age.
    Brian Van Dyck VO/OC
    That's one of the things that I like that these lessons have these videos to go along with it. They're great discussion starters.
    Brian Van Dyck OC
    So we, we have this situation which quite frankly is fairly you know realistic. What do you think about what he's doing though? His actions online? Are they, are they okay? Are they harmless? Are they potentially harmful?

    Female Child Wearing Hoodie OC
    He should learn that he should be himself.
    Brian Van Dyck OC
    What about the other people in that chat room? Are his behaviors fair to them?
    Female Child With Brown Curly Hair VO/OC
    It's not. It's just wrong because he's lying the whole time.
    Brian Van Dyck OC
    Un-huh.
    Female Child With Brown Curly Hair VO
    So, it's just a big lie.
    Brian Van Dyck OC/VO
    Today's lesson is about how middle school aged kids behave online. What are the consequences that are, go along with being somebody else than you really are when you're online?
    Male Child Wearing White Shirt VO/OC
    Like one day they're like talking about something that normally his age group wouldn't be talking about. It's like he's going to feel like, "Whoa, what am I going to say now?" Because he's not, he doesn't have like the right response because he's not used to having those kind of conversations.
    Brian Van Dyck OC
    Okay. How many people have been in a online situation and pretended to be somebody you aren't?
    Brian Van Dyck VO/OC
    I was shocked when I saw the number of hands. Every kid responded, "Yes, I've done that." And so here we are in the middle of the lesson. They've just had a discussion realizing that maybe the behavior of this young man in the video wasn't, wasn't that great.
    Female Child Wearing Glasses OC
    Take a stand. Look at the line in the room that says harmless on one end and harmful on the other. Take turns reading the case studies below.

    Brian Van Dyck VO/OC
    We're going to introduce ten scenarios. And the scenarios are fairly general. They're, a lot of specifics and details are left out which is going to, again, create that problem that the kids are going to have to solve through communicating, through collaboration. And then make a decision. In this scenario, is the behavior harmless or harmful? And on a scale, where would you place that situation?
    Brian Van Dyck OC
    On the back of the Post-it, you're going to write your one or two justifications. Why are we choosing to put this where we did, on the harmful side or the harmless side.
    Brian Van Dyck OC
    We'll use a different color Post-it for each different group.
    Brian Van Dyck OC
    Go ahead. Get reading. Get discussing.
    Female Child Wearing Red Sweater OC
    All of her friends are My Face so she creates a great profile.
    Female Child Wearing Hoodie OC
    She'd end up either getting hurt or getting in like a relationship with someone like.
    Female Child With Brown Curly Hair VO/OC
    And she, they can cancel it. And then she can't have it anymore.
    Male Child Wearing White Hoodie OC
    I think it's harmful. What do you think?
    Female Child Wearing Red Sweater
    Yeah, it's harmful.
    Female Child With Long Hair OC
    Yeah.
    Female Child Wearing Glasses OC
    Yeah.
    Brian Van Dyck VO
    This is way harmless and that's the far way side of harmful.

    Male Child Wearing Black Hoodie OC
    He starts instant messages and then he starts a debate in the chat room.
    Brian Van Dyck OC
    Seven minute warning. All right?
    Female Child Wearing Glasses OC
    Yeah, . It's just suicide so it can very bad for the person that's being.
    Female Child's Voice #1 VO
    .
    Female Child Wearing Glasses OC
    Yeah.
    Brian Van Dyck OC
    What do you guys think?
    Male Child #1 VO
    Harmful.
    Male Child In Green Tee Shirt OC
    Harmful. Someone must have told her name from the site.
    Brain Van Dyck OC
    Oh. So, a redhead friend found out, huh? Ouch.
    Male Child Wearing White Hoodie OC
    Like around here, huh?
    Brain Van Dyck VO
    Good.
    Female Child Wearing Green Sweater OC
    He thinks it's real.
    Female Child With Blond Hair VO/OC
    They're probably just going to think like she's mean and they're not going to want to hang out with her.
    Brian Van Dyck VO/OC
    They're having a real discussion and real debate. What I liked about the fact was they're having to anchor it and tie it back with evidence. They were having to find facts within the reading. What they were writing and reading within the situation, they were having to link it to evidence. And to me that is what makes a debate really good for kids. It teaches them to backup their opinions.

    Female Child With Black Hair OC
    Older guy and a younger girl who's only like 12, it's just wrong.
    Brian Van Dyck VO
    Did you decide to move that because of some of the other situations?
    Female Child With Black Curly Hair VO
    Yeah.
    Brian Van Dyck OC/VO
    So the real bad one made you think that one wasn't really so bad at all, so you're moving it? Good All right. I know you guys have talked at length and I've heard some really good discussions. And then after reading all ten, I know some of you made some moves. But when I look at the board, there were a few that kind of stuck out. All right? I've got this one, two, three's that are on this side. Why did you keep it on the harmless side?
    Female Child With Pony Tail OC
    The only bad thing is that she's hiding herself, who she is.
    Brian Van Dyck OC
    Okay. So.
    Female Child With Pony Tail OC
    The worst that could happen is she says she's going to get caught.
    Brian Van Dyck OC
    We have a group over there that's on the harmful side. And I think they want to, I think they want to try to change her mind.
    Female Child Wearing Glasses OC/VO
    The girl that they're making fun of, she can find out. And she can get really sad and it can cause a suicide because of nobody likes being bullied. Plus, it's against the law for bullying. If you learn from now that if you do something, it's going to have a consequence and the consequences may be little, may be big, but they're still consequences, you try not to be in those situations.

    Female Child Wearing Blue Top VO/OC
    You could, you should only chat online to the people that you know. If you know that person's like always joking around, then obviously you already know that they're just joking around.
    Female Child With Black Hair VO
    Just be yourself online and like only chat with people you know. And choose what you say and say appropriate things.
    Brian Van Dyck OC
    You got to be sensitive when you're just on the keyboard or on the phone, right? This curriculum lets kids explore the content without sprinkling it with fear. And the kids come to that conclusion on their own. They figure out what things they need to be fearful of and they figure out what things they can do to protect themselves so they don't need to be afraid.
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    TCH Classroom Takeaways:
    #1 Lead The Discussion With An Unbiased Position #2 Use Post It Notes To Record Evidence #3 Support Differing Opinions #4 Compare Answers Among Groups
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