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Video Librarian reviews Social Media Manners

social media mannersWe are thrilled with Video Librarian’s latest review of one of our new video releases…

Social Media Manners  ***1/2

(2015) 20 min. DVD: $79.95 (downloadable teacher’s guide available). Learning ZoneXpress. PPR. Closed captioned.

The idea that those “born digital” are quickly adept at learning new technology receives a partial reality check here. While many young people swiftly acquire the technical skills needed to scroll through thousands of configuration options, multitask, and multi-text on their mobile devices, a significant number still need help in the pre-technological area of manners. The proliferation of popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram has made it very easy for anyone of any age to unwittingly commit missteps that at best create awkward situations and at worst may ruin some aspects of their lives. Using live actors and real-life situations, this guidance production is organized around four principles related to online behavior: (1) “People come before technology,” (2) “Don’t interfere with others’ experiences or rights,” (3) “If you don’t want the world to see it, don’t put it out there,” and (4) “What happens online stays online. Forever.” Some of the advice here may seem familiar and obvious (posting embarrassing party pics may hinder future job opportunities); but other suggestions are both straightforward and thoughtful, such as thinking about others before posting (e.g., is this something that people might value or learn from, or is it just another food pic?). Although targeted at younger viewers, this primer on online manners contains valuable advice for all social media users. Highly recommended. Aud: J, H, C, P. (C. Block)

(January/February 2016 Volume 31, Issue 1)

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