Positivity vs Negativity – the battle wages on many fronts.
This post is meant to be about cyber-bullying, but I feel like perhaps what I write about cyber-bullying will be a regurgitation of what I read.
To avoid this, (hopefully) I wanted to talk about positivity vs. negativity online – perhaps this connects with cyber bullying?
I asked a student in one of my classes about positivity vs. negativity online as she told me that the majority of social sites she visits illicit mainly positive comments from her friends. Often times though these were face to face friends as well. The comments, and sites like facebook were only an extension of her person to person social life. She did mention that it was sites where anonymity was permitted that allowed the negativity.
So this got me thinking…
As we strive to leverage the web as a site to bring on feedback for creative endeavours, as we open up students to comments – do we have an expectation of positivity? Is anyone telling our students the adage my mother always told me – “If I don’t have anything positive to say, don’t say it”?
This truth from mothers seems apt – in an online and in a face to face encounter. Keep things positive. We live in a world that full of so many incredible things and still we have to gripe about the smallest things online. Why?
As the nature of interactions between our students change I wonder if kids will change the way they react to negativity?
As an educator I need to evaluate what steps I am taking to teach my students about positivity in an online setting.
It is easy to be negative when no one knows who you are – this we know. A great question, prompt, and/or lesson is to explain to our students how to be positive and critical at the same time.
In the end I may have missed the mark with this post connecting to cyber bullying – as I recognize that cyber bullying is many many things, in many different forms. What I think is important to take away from this and what I have taken away from it – IS – Wait for it! – Own up and be POSITIVE!!!!