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Digital literacy skills for social workers - North West London ASYE Programme

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Digital literacy skills for social workers - North West London ASYE Programme

  1. 1. Claudia Megele Senior Lecturer and CPD/PQ Programme Leader & Digital Lead Middlesex University & Head of Practice Learning (Enfield Council)
  2. 2. New modes of communication and its impact on relationships, emotions and networks; eSafety; eProfessionalism, digital communication and the PCF; Social Media as an educational tool for the NorthWest London Alliance Assessed and SupportedYear in Employment (ASYE) programme.
  3. 3. Socrates warning… This invention will produce forgetfulness in the minds of those who learn to use it, because they will not practice their memory. Their trust in writing, produced by external characters which are no part of themselves, will discourage the use of their own memory within them. Source: Plato 1925, 274e-275a
  4. 4. THEN:THE NOTIFICATION BOARD NOW: INTERNET FORUM
  5. 5. “A hundred years ago it took so long and cost so much to post a letter that it seemed worthwhile to put some thought into writing it. Now the quickness and cheapness of the post seem to justify the feeling that a brief letter today may be followed by another next week and a line now by another tomorrow” Percy Homes Boynton, Principles of Composition 1915
  6. 6. How do you use digital technology? How much information is freely available about you online?
  7. 7. Pair up and google your colleague’s/partner’s name. What did you find out about your partner? How much information did you find? What kind of information did you find? Did your search results surprise you?
  8. 8. “Born Digital” – Many children born in the past decade are “born digitally” with the first fragment of their ‘digital footprint’ already available online before their actual birth. These children will be the first generation to experience the aggregated effect of living in a digital world over their entire life- course, and even after death. They inherit their digital profiles as a work in progress from their parents. Although these postings are usually made with great love and best of intentions, parents need to be aware that their children’s online profiles and information are likely to be with them for the rest of their lives.
  9. 9. Reality and identity can be distorted online. How do children, adolescents & adults think of themselves in the visual culture of today’s society?
  10. 10. What are some of the opportunities and challenges for services when using digital media and working with vulnerable individuals? Face-to-Face contact vs. online-contact:  What are the similarities and differences?  Is there anything missing in online relationships?
  11. 11. ‘Triggered by over-exposure to social information on SNS, envy feelings can cause significant damage to users’ well-being and impact their life satisfaction’ Promotion of narcissistic behaviour, with most users sharing only positive things about themselves ‘… friend lists typically consist of individuals with a high degree of similarity to the profile owner, which is particularly conducive for the proliferation of envy feelings.’ Source: Envy on Facebook: A HiddenThreat to Users’ Life Satisfaction? Do you agree with the above statements?
  12. 12. What do you think?
  13. 13. “Cyber bullying involves the use of ICT, particularly mobile telephones and the internet, to support deliberate, hostile behaviour by an individual or group, which is intended to upset and harm others. This can include mobile text messaging and telephone calls; mobile telephone pictures and video clips; email; chat rooms; instant messaging and websites such as social networking sites.” Source: E-Safety and the use of ICT, Mobile Phones and other Electronic Devices Policy
  14. 14. Amanda Michelle Todd (born November 27, 1996 in British Columbia committed suicide at her home on October 10, 2012,. Prior to her death, Todd had posted a video on YouTube in which she used a series of flash cards to tell of her experience of being blackmailed, bullied, and physically assaulted. The video went viral after her death,[resulting in international media attention. The Royal Canadian Mounted police and British Columbia Coroners Service launched investigations into the suicide. At the time of her death, Todd was a student at a school that caters to students who have experienced social and behaviour issues in previous educational settings. In response to the death, The premier of British Columbia , made an online statement of condolence and suggested a national discussion on criminalizing Cyberbullying .Also, a motion was introduced in the Canadian House of Commons to propose a study of the scope of bullying in Canada, and for more funding and support for anti-bullying organizations. Todd's mother Carol established the Amanda Todd Trust, receiving donations to support anti- bullying awareness education and programs for young people with mental health problems.
  15. 15. Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej7afkypUsc
  16. 16. Does the internet amplify vulnerability? Think of some examples or experiences from practice or personal life.
  17. 17. Social media is not a neutral medium which simply reflects or echoes offline interactions and communications. There is little or no content control. Communication is captured, aggregated, added to, morphed, changed and re-hatched as a new posting, broadcast or ping. Skill and confidence are needed to be able to narrate lives online, manage reputation, mitigate risk and maintain resilience to thrive. Often those who have few supportive adults in their lives have low self- confidence and are unassisted and unsupervised and vulnerable to abuse. The lack of self-confidence and support network makes them vulnerable to being overly influenced and/or groomed online by their peers.
  18. 18. Low self- confidence. ‘Outsider Identity’ Gaps in education and digital literacy. Lack of supportive adults & peers Frequently unsupervised + lack of boundaries & structure Experience of abusive environments and/or relationships Influence of drug, alcohol, gangs. And risk taking behaviour.
  19. 19. Always explore the privacy settings of your social networking site; Ask friends and family to have a look at your profile online to check that you aren’t giving out too much personal information; Keep Passwords protected
  20. 20. We are all exposed to material we might rather not see. How do site that sponsor/promote such activities affect children & young people? Violence; Frightening material; Sexualisation (Websites, TV and movies, others); Misogyny; Sexualised violence; Exaggerated and Damaging Stereotypes (e.g. in video games); Radicalisation Drug use; Anti-social attitudes and behaviour; Suicide and Self-harm; Eating disorders; Drug and Knife Crime; Gang Activity; Others….
  21. 21. Facebook Friends FamilyColleagues Most users connect & communicate with a defined group Facebook continues to be among the most popular media
  22. 22. LinkedIn Colleagues Groups Maintain professional connections Join groups for discussions, job postings, posting requests Keep in touch with current and former colleagues Be selective and manage settings to avoid email deluge
  23. 23. Multiple Interests Twitter Shared interests Real-time ‘#hashtag’ discussions – with international reach Follow and share conferences and updates It takes time to build a personal learning network or community of interest
  24. 24. ASYE Colleagues SocialWork Organisations SocialWork Professionals Opportunities for networking, sharing and learning
  25. 25. Blog /research paper Live and interactive Debate with fellow social workers & academics Share knowledge, links and good practice Transcript of debate posted online Post article or comments on blog
  26. 26. 1. Setting up an account 2. Testing the hashtag 3. HCPC will be joining us 4. Brain storm some questions for the HCPCTwitter chat
  27. 27. Claudia Megele Senior Lecturer & CPD/PQ Programme Leader & Department Digital Lead Dept. of Mental Health, Social Work, & Integrative Medicine School of Health and Education Middlesex University Email: c.megele@mdx.ac.uk Phone: +44 (0)208 411 2885 Academia.edu: http://mdx.academia.edu/ClaudiaMegele Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/claudiamegele/ LinkedIn: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/claudiamegele Twitter: @ClaudiaMegele @MHChat @SWSCmedia @U4C hange

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