Digital Citizenship

Creating Podcasts | Media Arts Toolkit

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As an English/digital media teacher at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Kentucky, Jason Behler has found that his students become deeply engaged when creating their own podcasts, especially because he allows them great freedom in selecting their own genre and content. His students develop skills in collaboration and time management as well as technical and communication skills. Podcasting does not need to be confined to a class in digital media, and it does not require expensive equipment. Podcasting can be integrated into any content area to add spark to your lessons.

Is the Internet Making You Meaner? | Above the Noise

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If the Internet's making you feel meaner, you're not imagining it. People really do act differently online than they do in person. Here’s why. According to a paper published in 2004 by psychologist John Suler, there are about 6 main reasons people act differently online. This could explain the rise of internet trolls or why people open up more online than they would in person. 

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Made in collaboration with Common Sense. 

Screen Time: How Much Is Too Much? | Above the Noise

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Even by conservative estimates, the average American spends over 6 hours per day staring at a screen. That’s a lot of time. What does the scientific research say about it? Is it good or bad for us? Co-produced with Common Sense Education. 

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When Is Your Brain Ready for Social Media? | Above the Noise

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Social media is a mixed bag. Being online may increase chances of identity theft and cyberbullying, yet, it’s estimated over 20% of 8-12-year-olds have at least one social media account—sometimes without their parents’ knowledge. At times, tweens are taking back charge of their brand, started by their parents since they were born, and sometimes, they are looking to share and connect with a community they have trouble finding face-to-face. So, What’s the right age to start using social media? 

Have your students watch the video and respond to the question in KQED Learn.

YouTube Algorithms: How to Avoid the Rabbit Hole | Above the Noise

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We all know how easy it is to spend hours watching videos on YouTube. Why do we go down that rabbit hole? Mostly because of a combination of computer programming and marketing know-how called ALGORITHMS. Co-produced with Data & Society Research Institute. 

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Deepfakes: Can You Spot a Phony Video? | Above the Noise

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Recently, a doctored video of Speaker Nancy Pelosi got millions of views on social media. Deepfakes are becoming easier to make and spread, and Above the Noise is here to help people understand this new phenomenon and what to do about it. 

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Are Internet Trolls Born or Made? | Above the Noise

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Trolls are all over the internet, just annoying people to no end. What makes someone an internet troll? Are some people just destined to be a troll, or do they develop this ability? Believe it or not, but there have been numerous scientific studies surrounding this behavior. Explore the science behind trolling behavior in the latest Above the Noise video.

Can You Trust Influencers on YouTube? | Above the Noise

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YouTube has been around for over a decade now, and it dominates as the top place for video content. Because of that, it’s way more of a business now than anyone could have imagined. The advertising world refers to many of the stars on YouTube, Instagram, and other social media platforms as influencers, because they have their own, home-grown fanbase that they have been interacting with for years. To capitalize on that fanbase, companies pay these influencers to promote their product or service. Watch the latest Above the Noise video to find out whether you can trust what's on YouTube and what are the rules about influencers advertising products in their videos.

Fighting on MySpace

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Social networking sites make it incredibly easy to share your thoughts and aspects of your personality with others. But with this convenience comes the potential for saying something you might regret later. In this video segment from FRONTLINE: "Digital Nation," two groups of girls describe how an exchange of insults over MySpace resulted in a physical fight at their school.

How Do Different Social Media Platforms Affect Your Mood? | Above the Noise

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Do a quick Google search on how social media affects your mood, and the results make it seem like all the social media platforms will plunge you into depression. Facebook shows everyone’s perfect life and exotic vacations. Expertly curated selfies abound on Instagram. But, if you look at the actual research, the results aren’t that simple. In this Above the Noise video, host Myles Bess breaks down the science and cuts through the hype about the link between depression and social media use, and looks at how different social media platforms may affect your brain in different ways.

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