Miguel Guhlin shared the video “Think Before You Post” with me last Friday at the TechForum in Austin. I hadn’t seen this clip before. This is a short, 60 second reminder (actually it’s an advertisement from the U.S. Ad Council) that once an image is posted online, it can be there FOREVER. I’m going to use this video with students as well as adults in upcoming Internet safety workshops. The video is available on TeacherTube as well as YouTube. If you would like to download this video to your computer for offline viewing and use, several different options are available. Miguel posted about this back in April.

As one of the commenters on the TeacherTube version pointed out, the fact that this video ends with the custodian pulling the student’s picture off the bulletin board (which is a metaphor for the web) “leads to some unfair assumptions.” I think when showing and discussing this video, that is an important aspect to discuss. (It’s unfair to assume anyone who is a custodian is a likely child predator.) That conversation also leads into broader issues of media literacy, where we can invite students to critically analyze the overt as well as latent messages embedded within a media clip.

I’ve added this to my “Videos for PD” (professional development) page at the bottom under “Cyberbullying Prevention, Internet Safety, Safe DSN.”

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3 Responses to Think before you post video

  1. Chris Watson says:

    Wes, While in Honolulu, you might consider visiting the school where I work as a technology resource teacher. We’re in the first year of a 1:1 initiative at the high school level. I saw your Twitter post and have always found your blog resourceful.

  2. Alec Couros says:

    I showed this commercial to my undergraduate students a couple of weeks ago. It’s not just the custodian that gets the unfair treatment … it’s every single male in the commercial. All males in the clip are portrayed as perverts or pedophiles, sometimes mixing this with psychotic or violent behaviour.

    Put this clip side-by-side this one from the 50’s (Boys Beware – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5VNe9NTOxA ). In the Boys Beware clip, the creators portray Gay men as diseased, psychotic, forceful pedophiles. While the second the clip is much more direct in its message, both videos need to be analyzed and critiqued for their assumptions. Of course, this should go for all forms of media.

  3. Jim Sill says:

    These great ads, produced by Merkley and Partners for the Online Sexual Exploitation campaign, can still be found at the Ad Council’s website in addition to other helpful material that can be used to teach internet safety. I use these videos and some from the Cyberbullying Prevention campaign to teach my high school students to be smarter about what they post online.

    Check them out here:


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