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Re: [WWWEDU] Using Web Suicide Story as a Teachable Moment

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  • Nancy Willard
    Sorry for my delay. This is all so sad. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has good resources. Nancy ... -- Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D. Center for Safe and
    Message 1 of 3 , Dec 1, 2008
      Sorry for my delay. This is all so sad. The National Suicide Prevention
      Lifeline has good resources.

      Nancy
      >
      > Nancy,
      >
      > Thank you for this. The young man is the son of a friend of mine in our math
      > department. He also worked in our Learning Resources Center. The campus
      > community, as you can imagine, is stunned. Many students, in particular
      > students on our newspaper, wanted to know what they can do or where they can
      > send someone if he or she expresses suicidal thoughts. The truth is, we don't
      > really do counselling at the college. It is mostly of an academic nature, if
      > at all. When students seem to be functioning all right in class or at work, we
      > tend to let it go at that. It will be a teachable moment in my classes. I will
      > share your thoughts with the newspaper staff.
      >
      > Pat Ellingham
      >
      > Dr. Patrick Ellingham
      >
      > Senior Professor of English
      >
      > Broward College
      >
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: "Nancy Willard" <nwillard@... <mailto:nwillard%40csriu.org> >
      > To: "wwwedu" <wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com> >
      > Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 11:48:59 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
      > Subject: [WWWEDU] Using Web Suicide Story as a Teachable Moment
      >
      > Hi all,
      >
      > I know you are thinking just of "getting to the turkey." But when you
      > return, I suggest a "teachable moment" focus on the story of the young man
      > who committed suicide viewable on his webcam.
      >
      > http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/25/us/25suicides.html?th&emc=th
      > <http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/25/us/25suicides.html?th&emc=th>
      >
      > This was a tragic situation - made all the more tragic with the evidence
      > of the viewer's reactions.
      >
      > I suggest having your students read the Ring on Gyges, by Plato. This is a
      > story about a shepard who finds a ring. When he turns the stone to the
      > inside of his hand he turns invisible. Thus raising the issue of how will
      > you choose to behave if you are invisible.
      >
      > Also relevant is the Bystander effect. Here is an article on this:
      > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bystander_effect. The bystander effect is a
      > social psychological phenomenon in which individuals are less likely to
      > offer help in an emergency situation when other people are present. The
      > probability of help is inversely proportional to the number of bystanders.
      >
      > One of the biggest barriers to engaging in altruistic behavior - in this
      > case telling someone that this was happening - is not knowing what to do.
      > So make sure your students know absolutely what to do if they think that
      > someone is suicidal. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
      > http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ are the best folks to recommend.
      > AND they have profiles on MySpace and Facebook.
      >
      > Bottom line: Make sure your students know exactly what they can do if they
      > see a situation emerging when someone is threatening suicide.
      >
      > Nancy
      >
      > Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D.
      > Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
      > http://csriu.org
      > http://cyberbully.org
      > http://cyber-safe-kids.com
      > http://csriu.wordpress.com
      > nwillard@... <mailto:nwillard%40csriu.org>
      >
      > Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats: Responding to the Challenge of Online
      > Social Aggression, Threats, and Distress (Research Press)
      >
      > Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens: Helping Young People Learn to Use the
      > Internet Safely and Responsibly (Jossey-Bass)
      >
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      >
      >


      --
      Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D.
      Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
      http://csriu.org
      http://cyberbully.org
      http://cyber-safe-kids.com
      http://csriu.wordpress.com
      nwillard@...

      Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats: Responding to the Challenge of Online Social
      Aggression, Threats, and Distress (Research Press)

      Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens: Helping Young People Learn to Use the
      Internet Safely and Responsibly (Jossey-Bass)




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