As I started watching Growing Up Online, I was happily surprised to see my friend danah boyd (yes, she doesn’t capitalize) in the documentary. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, since she’s an expert. Still, it’s cool to see someone you know talking about issues that matter to a national audience. I decided to show another segment of the documentary today, one that danah isn’t actually in, and connect the topic (privacy) to a post she made on her blog a year and a half ago.
Here’s the writing prompt I put in our Moodle discussion today:
One of the experts in the Frontline documentary says, in a blog post about the erosion of youth privacy, “Unless we figure out how to give youth privacy in their personal lives, they are not going to expect privacy in their public lives.”
Do you agree with her statement? Given security cameras at school, people watching your computer screens, etc. do you feel you have privacy from your parents and teachers? What experiences have you had that help you understand what you want to keep private and what you want to share with the world?
In the comments on my last post, Ken brought up the idea that it can be difficult to have students bring together thoughts and composition. Hopefully by pushing on them to use their experiences as a way of talking about a larger issue, I can help them bridge that gap.