After reading the articles this week I was amazed by how many people use the Internet to be activists. It makes sense that people would use the Internet because when something is posted on the Internet anyone and everyone can see what is posted. I think this type of activism is a little easier for groups to become larger and stronger. I think this type of activism is more effective in the way that people all over the world can work together to make something happen.
When reading about the teens that use the Internet to be activist I thought it was really neat. I thought it was neat in the way that they have been taught how to use the Internet effectively to make a difference in the world! As a future teacher I will be teaching students and having them use the Internet. Before they use the Internet I will teach them the importance of using the Internet appropriately.
While I was reading the articles I thought to myself, “I wonder if I have ever participated in digital activism.” As far as I know I have not participated in digital activism. I am thinking that I will use this topic in my classroom. I feel like it could be exciting for the students but also very educational. I would use digital activism in my class when we are learning about campaigns or running for class president. I think having the students use twitter and facebook and any other social media at the time of my teaching will show students how digital activism works. This is just an idea I would need to do more brainstorming to figure out the details.
I think some of the key issues we should consider about digital activism is that people can be abusive online. As a future teacher I am not sure that I should participate in majority of activism because I am held to such high standards and if a parent or a coworker or boss saw me out there and didn’t agree with my thoughts they would maybe have me fired. And maybe this thought is over thinking digital activism. I think before we let our students out on the Internet we should most definitely inform them of the seriousness of being online and show them that everything they post will show up. We will need to educate our students how to make good decisions when posting on the Internet.
I felt like this weeks module was very interesting and I learned more information on our digital world.