Growing Up Online
Kim Cofino posted about the responsibility of educators to address online behavior and reminded me about the Frontline documentary “Growing Up Online”. One of my colleagues mentioned it, and I think I might have saved the link in my del.icio.us, but never watched it until today. It’s an interesting look at some of the current media framings and issues in popular discourse: social networking, identity, predators, bullying, parenting, and privacy. They talk to experts and interview kids and parents and teachers. It’s good.
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So if you’re going to download that one copy to your computer for your personal, non-commercial home use only, here are the direct links to the video files for the Frontline documentary “Growing Up Online”, which can be played with the VLC media player:
Just make sure you don’t click those twice and accidentally save two copies, and please don’t watch them outside of your home! On the other hand, the Frontline teacher center FAQ says:
All FRONTLINE documentaries can be taped off-the-air and used for educational purposes for one year from the initial broadcast.
And in the regular Fronline FAQ, they say:
Can I make a copy of your site’s pages/material?
If you’re using it for educational purposes (i.e. you’re teaching a class) you can download a copy as long as you don’t modify any pages. (Please let us know so we can keep track of how our Web site content is being used.) Otherwise, no. As mentioned previously, all of our sites are permanently available; there’s no need to squirrel them away.
I hope that Frontline, which is funded by “the support of PBS viewers” and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Park Foundation, does not intend teachers to be forced to pay to use their content in educational settings. They even have a teacher center with lesson plans and activities related to their shows.
The Growing Up Online teacher’s guide says it will be available in February. I wonder when in February. I wonder if I should wait to see what they’ve got before I jump in with my classes. Maybe next time they do an internet-theme show they can investigate how things seem to happen more quickly these days. If Frontline can get on board with some kind of commons licensing, it would make it much easier for teachers who want to do the right thing, but who might not be as technically or legally savvy, to act with confidence.