Lesson Plan 30-45 mins discussion
· To discuss the implications of instant digital images on our lives
· Explore issues of etiquette surrounding images
· Stay within the law
· Encourage pupils not to send or pass on images on the open internet.
Read out a situation and then give pupils a chance to respond to it in the circle.
1. You have always liked someone in your class and you spot them in Tesco. You have a camera phone on you and would love a picture of them but you are too embarrassed to ask them. They probably won’t spot you taking the photo. What do you do?
2. When you were good friends with your mate you took a digital photo of them at a party looking really dopey. You have fallen out with them now as they were really nasty to you at school. Another friend says you could e-mail the photo to all her friends. What do you do and why?
3. A friend sends you an image of someone’s bottom that you know is rude. It is part of a chain e-mail and there are lots of threats telling you that you will die if you don’t e-mail it to five other people. What will you do?
4. A friend at school has bought in their new mobile camera phone. At break time they are encouraging you to put it under the toilet cubicle and take a photo for a laugh. What do you do?
5. A friend sends you a photo of themselves via school email or Wizkid/Studywiz, you think the picture is funny and you want to share it with friends outside the school. What should you do?
Social Networking Sites
It has never been easier to take a picture and share it with anyone. This technology is not wrong of itself but it does mean we need to encourage pupils to examine the implications of using it safely and within the law.
Situation 1? I would say it is only polite to ask people if we can take their photo where possible after all some people are very unhappy about having their picture taken.
Situation 2 There is nothing illegal about situation 2 but morally it is still wrong.
Situation 3 could be illegal or legal depending on the age of the person. If they are under 18 this is a sex offence. We are continuing to humiliate the person who is in the photo by copying it and sending it to others. Ask yourself if you would like an embarrassing picture sent to lots of people? How would you feel?
Situation 4 could be considered harmless messing around, however that pupil has created an abusive image of a child and could have their phone removed and receive a caution for this that would go on their police record as a sex offence. In reality the age of the child who took the photo would be taken into account but a teenager could receive a caution for this that could follow them through life, as any sex offences stay with you for life.
Overall a good rule is never take and share any photo of yourself you would not be happy to show to your mum or dad. If in doubt why not ask them?
http://www.chatdanger.com/ Great site for kids to explore communication issues