Re: [WWWEDU] Using Web Suicide Story as a Teachable Moment
- Sorry for my delay. This is all so sad. The National Suicide Prevention
Lifeline has good resources.
> 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
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> From: "Nancy Willard" <nwillard@... <mailto:nwillard%40csriu.org> >
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> 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.
> 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 Willard, M.S., J.D.
> Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
> 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
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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