Internet Shame

Miss P

I remember reading the news headlines and hearing the name: Amanda Todd. I never took the time to explore it until now. Before today, I avoided the topic. I have this thing against negative news.. not that I never read a negative headline. Sometimes exploring what’s going on is important to understand the environment students are being exposed to or living in. However, many of the comments I hear relating to this incident were vulgar and involved critical shaming of the girl, and placing blame on her and her family. Because of these comments I disengaged from the event and refused to explore what happened. 

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To be honest, I was hesitant to watch the documentary about her story. Suicide is uncomfortable for me, it makes my stomach flip whether it’s someone I know or not. Eventually, I was able to click the play button and I’m happy I did.

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Amanda Todd wasn’t on her own

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As the Coban trial continues, it gets more shocking. Apparently he had 204,000 porn pics on his hard drive, he was in trouble with the Grijze Wolven. As most of it is in Dutch it’s a pain to work out the details. Add in the thing about 7 gay Australians and it starts getting too weird.

Meanwhile I’ve reissued these pics from the catalogue. The clip is actually far worse than this can show and makes the BlogTV episode look mild. It’s really this clip that puzzles me most as it’s so far away from the ‘it was a brief flash’ storyline and involves another kid who was very much part of Amanda’s scene but never gets a mention.

Because of this clip, Amanda’s BlogTV shows and so on, it’s tough to match the current narrative of one action followed by years of torment.

Just in case anyone thinks this isn’t Amanda, then OK, you’re entitled to that. Just ask Carol Todd though – she’ll remember that Amanda had a pair of trousers (or ‘pants’ as they are called in the USA) with ‘CHEER’ written on the bottom. And she’ll recognise the soft toy. And Amanda’s old bedrooom.

It looks as if there are a few latecomers to the blog, so rather tediously I have to re-visit old news.

Have we lost the ability to empathize?

jacquie walbaum

Wow, mind has been blown while watching Sextortion of Amanda Todd, Stalking Amanda Todd: The man in the shadows, Sext Up Kids, The Price of Shame, and “One Tweet Can Ruin Your Life”.  I know that we only had to watch one or two, but I found them so intriguing that I could not stop watching these documentaries and TED talks.

I was able to watch these videos through different lenses.  I am a woman (once a young teenager), I am a mother to 3 girls one being 13, and I have an understanding for protocol dealing with law enforcement.

In watching Amanda Todd’s story, it was disturbing that her case was seemed to be put on the back burner so to say.  This is common when we are dealing with young teenagers.  We tend to find ways to lessen there problems in our minds…

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The Awful Reality of Being Online

Kim Bateman

This week in #ecmp355 we covered a tough topic. The topic of sextortion.  It breaks my heart to see accounts and stories of young children who make one little decision that haunts them for the rest of their lives. And I’m not being dramatic. Sextortion has been the cause of many suicides. You just have to do a quick online search to realize that sextortion is dangerously life threatening to young people in today’s culture of technology and online citizenship. As you can see, my quick search of “sextortion suicide” in Google brought up story after story with tragic endings for the children involved.

I watched a documentary about Amanda Todd, who became well known in Canada after her suicide in 2012. It all started with a spur of the moment choice to flash the camera once while she was logged in to a chat room. She made a…

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Sextortion, What we can learn from Amanda Todd and Monica Lewinsky

jonwilmot

I would like to start off by saying just how sad Amanda Todd’s story is. And I send out my deepest condolences to her family, friends and everyone else who has been affected.  I find it terrible what she had to go through for a mistake that so many teenagers make and have made. I can guarantee that many of her classmates either sent out nudes or perhaps even engaged in some sort of sexual activity in person. However for whatever reason Amanda was the one who had to take the brunt of it all because her predator sent out her photos to so many people resulting in nearly of all her classmates ending up with the photo. It is unfair what she was forced into, and all of the pain she had to endure at such a young age. This video was very eye opening to me, and was…

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Monica and Amanda

Laura Simpson

There is no denying that we live in a digital age. It has become interwoven into our lives. Some would say it gives us life and we give it life. This week for ecmp 355, we discussed our digital citizenship and our identity. There are so many positives to having and subscribing to digital citizenship. It can help us  make connections, meet people, find new information and bring our world a little bit closer. There is a darker side to it, that I feel everyone knows and to some extent has experienced. It can be in the forms of cyber-bullying, public shaming, cyber-stalking and the list can go on. People get catfished, scammed, and hacked all the time. In this age of information, the information is no longer on subjects but of everyday people.

Our class was asked to watch at least two videos of the 5 posted. I chose…

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The Web of Shame

Amy Swanson

The web has a way of making it extremely accessible to shame people. Instances like what happened to Amanda Todd and Monica Lewinsky have shown that the media can create a giant web of shame that can have detrimental consequences. For example, Amanda Todd was the victim of sexual exploitation and cyber bullying because of something she deemed as a mistake. Unfortunately, in the worst of cases like such, this can lead someone to become so vulnerable to the point of suicide. In other instances, such as the Lewinsky case, it causes years of shame and humiliation that one must learn to cope with, have been a victim of moral judgement.

Although I strongly believe that the faces behind the screen that drives this “culture of humiliation” should be at the forefront of this conversation, teaching digital literacy and citizenship to young children and adults becomes an integral…

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