Digital Kryptonite

Cliff Molak Quotation


A week ago today, 16-year old sophomore David Molak hanged himself as a result of ongoing cyberbullying in my hometown of San Antonio. Despite transferring last November to a private school in an attempt to escape the digital harassment he’d endured since October (or possibly longer), it continued to follow him up to last Sunday night, the eve before returning to school after the recent holiday break, culminating in a group text that seemingly catalyzed David’s ultimate decision to end his life a few hours later in his own backyard. Continue reading

Is Info Lit Legit?

The introductory post in a 2-strand series about Information Literacy


Is Information Literacy “legit” in our digital age?

While driving around in the car this week, listening to a local pop station for a change, the song “Hollaback Girl” came on the radio. As the lyrics “I ain’t no hollaback girl” popped to the hiphop beat, I thought to myself, I think that’s Gwen Stefani; and then I wondered, Hmm, what does “Hollaback Girl” actually mean?

To be honest, I’ve been wondering that off and on when hearing that song over the last ten years or so since it first came out, but have never quite been motivated enough to find out. Continue reading

Advice from a Vine Star

~ Using social media tricks to teach digital citizenship ~

It’s fun to see what comes through my Twitter feed, especially from sites outside my normal frame of reference, like Fast Company. This recent post featuring an interview of Vine star Jason Nash on social media etiquette totally made me laugh out loud several times, while also sparking fun ideas on how to more effectively market elements of digital citizenship to kids.

Besides the obvious avoidance of espousing the sharing of body part pics and using very colorful language, some of Nash’s ideas are notable, and also reveal how image can be manipulated, depending on your intent or message. What I really like about this video is his delivery—completely shameless yet honest, and actually quite insightful when you think about it beyond the initial giggle.

Here are a few potential ways this video could be leveraged to explore the facets of social media among young people today… Continue reading