What do you do when a group of sixth graders (11-12-year-olds)
creates a video and posts it on YouTube showing six ways
to kill one of their friends? The South Park-styled piece, set to the Miley Cyrus song, "True Friend" pictured fellow class member, Piper Smith, being hung, shot, pushed off a cliff, and more. This is wrong on so many levels that it's hard to know where to begin. But here's a start: it's hateful, bullying, and a total abuse of the privileges afforded by technology.
Let's start with the fact that kids can be cruel. Especially middle-school aged kids who are smack in the middle of figuring out where they fit in the social hierarchy, and who is "in" and who is "out." But this is no longer a world where cruelty is confined to a passed note in class. The fact is that technology has given our kids superpowers that allow them to be both invisible and everywhere at once. Anything posted on YouTube can be seen by a vast, invisible audience.And not only that, this video wasRead More »from 6th Graders Post Video About Killing Classmate