Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
The edublogosphere has erupted at the news that YouTube has been banned in schools in the Australian state of Victoria (oddly, since YouTube bans are actually fairly common). But the cartoon in this post says it best: "Put bullying back on the playground where it belongs." And also, "One of my students recently pointed out that cyberbullying is simply an imitated form of mass media. Take Britney's recent breakdown and all of the media coverage that it has provoked. You can already purchase 'Rehab Britney' on eBay. If we are going to ban Youtube, why not ban mass media while we are at it." The adults of this world are very frequently vindictive, mean-spirited and bullying. Why should they expect their children to be any different?

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Last Updated: Mar 30, 2021 02:20 a.m.