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Social Media

Social Media


Social media is a whole new universe when it comes to manners and etiquette. Manners used to be something that happened in person, but today we conduct many of our relationships online and the rules and courtesies can be a little unclear. Social Media Manners: Polite Behavior in the Social Media World addresses the general manners guidelines for cell phone use, text messaging, email, and social media websites and apps like Facebook or Twitter.

Segments include:
  • Introduction (2:36)
  • The 4 Guidelines (1:53)
  • Mobile Manners (3:02)
  • Texting (3:28)
  • Social Media (6:15)
  • Final Advice (2:16)

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2015 / (Grade 6-Adult) / 19 minutes

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    With the rising phenomenon of social networking websites, constant interconnectivity with friends and family is now part of daily life. However as opposed to enriching their lives, is social media just another avenue for teenagers to become addicted to? Speaking to a broad range of experts as well as those affected by social media addiction, this program seeks to answer this question. Therapists Nick Kemp and Diane Beck, social media agency Juice Digital, and medical professionals will have their say on the newest addiction endangering our teens.

    DVD / 2014 / 22 minutes

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    Welcome to the world of social media. From Facebook to Twitter to Linkedin...it's everywhere. We literally can't escape it. In our personal lives it allows us to communicate freely with family and friends at any moment and at work Social Media allows us to provide better service, enhance our brand image, market our products and communicate conveniently with our customers.

    However, this powerful technology does not come without risk. Increasingly, the line between our work and personal lives has become blurred. Social Media networks have become a mix of family, friends, co-workers, colleagues and even customers. Therefore, when information is shared on Social Media a wide audience from every corner of a person's life has immediate access to that information.

    This program covers:
  • Social Media posts are permanent
  • Social Media is not private
  • Harassment & Bullying
  • Confidential Information
  • Insider Trading
  • Trade Secrets
  • Overuse at Work
  • Copyrighted Materials
  • Defamation
  • The consequences of inappropriate posts

    DVD (Closd Captioned) / 2013 / 11 minutes

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    Carol is concerned about excessive use of Facebook and Twitter at work, and initiates a social media policy, which Serena has observed is missing. Sam presents the new social media policy for the office, and they discuss inappropriate use. At the same time Michael's personal use of a dating app in the meeting triggers an embarrassing argument.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2012 / 9 minutes

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    The Digital Blackout tells the story of a high school that conducted a "Social Experiment." They challenged their student body (and faculty) to put away the Facebook and Twitter, the text and instant messaging, and record their experience.

    The Digital Blackout is eye opening. It highlights, among other things:
  • The astounding amount of time that we routinely devote to online social networks
  • The face-to-face experiences and real friendships that the internet has maybe devalued
  • The stress brought on by our over-connectedness
  • And (yes!) the many benefits of our digitally inter-connected world that one rightly misses during a Blackout.

    The Digital Blackout also includes the latest research on the effects of multitasking and social networking from acclaimed Stanford Professor Clifford Nass. In the excerpt below, Nass explains the importance of face-to-face relationships and the impact they have in developing one's emotional intelligence.

    The Digital Blackout is equal parts intriguing documentary, motivation for a fun challenge, and fascinating social experiment for the 21st century.

    DVD / 2012 / 20 minutes

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    With nearly a billion people all over the world having signed on, Facebook has fundamentally changed the way millions of people connect and communicate - but not without consequences.

    Facebook Follies looks at some of the unexpected results and impact, negative and positive, of people sharing their personal information on social media sites. Our relationships, our thoughts, our pastimes, our memories, our lives and deaths are all now routinely posted online. Social media represents a paradigm shift in the way we communicate, and inevitably, such change is accompanied by mishaps and trouble, as we learn new limits.

    Facebook Follies introduces us to people whose lives were dramatically changed for the worse because of indiscreet or questionable posts, or as the victims of online criminal activity -- they lost their jobs, their marriages, their dignity, or even ended up in jail. The film also profiles positive stories of people?who found love, were able to reconnect with long-lost family members, or used the platform to publicly mourn the memory of the deceased. The film includes some well-known stories, as well as others not very well-known, and commentary from experts in social media and journalism.

    Shot on location in Canada, the US and the UK, Facebook Follies is an engaging journey - and cautionary tale -- through one of today's most pervasive forces of social communication.

  • "Four stars. This is a great documentary... Facebook Follies takes a bold look at the impact of online behaviours. No matter where you live, what you share on social networks can backfire on you at any time." - Examiner.com

  • "Every teenager should see this documentary and have a chance to avoid certain mistakes." - Celine Audette, Literacy Educator, Catholic School Council of Grande Riviers

    DVD (Region 1, Closed Captioned) / 2012 / (Grades 9-Adult) / 97 minutes

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    By Daniel Moshel

    Centered around two people homebound by their disabilities who have found community online, LOGIN 2 LIFE explores the growing number of people who spend much of their lives in online virtual worlds.

    Elaborate digital platforms like Second Life and World of Warcraft offer novel opportunities for friendship, sex, employment, and aesthetic experience in virtual communities populated by cartoon-like avatars. While these simulated worlds are often treated with contempt by the general media, LOGIN 2 LIFE takes a more sympathetic approach, profiling seven people deeply immersed in these worlds, and attempting to understand what each gets from their virtual life.

    Paralyzed from the neck down in a car accident, 27 year-old Corey spends most of his days playing World of Warcraft, exploring a virtual landscape with far greater ease than he can move through his physical one. Alice, 60, has limited mobility due to multiple sclerosis. In Second Life, she is able to draw on her skills as an educator and volunteer to run an in-game business that provides resources to other disabled people.

    We also meet a diverse cast of characters from around the world, whose different online engagements illustrate the range of motivations for choosing a largely virtual existence. Kevin, a middle-aged family man in Florida, makes his living selling virtual sex devices within the Second Life universe. Philippe, in France, is an award-winning director of World of Warcraft machinima who has turned is hobby into a career. In China, a family of World of Warcraft "gold farmers" toil endlessly online, earning in-game currency that can be sold for real money.

    LOGIN 2 LIFE reconsiders the demarcation usually drawn between physical and online worlds. The film asks us to consider whether the people we have met are exceptions, driven to digital immersion by particular needs, or if they are pioneers of a lifestyle that will soon become commonplace.

  • "Captures the essence of online community and real relationships in cyberspace...LOGIN 2 LIFE is not the first documentary to portray and examine how people interact online, but it is one of the first to demonstrate the positive possibilities." - TILT Magazine

  • "An impressive feat...director Daniel Moshel refrained from portraying his subjects as freaks or clowns for the audience to laugh at. Instead, he unpacks their motivations and desires in a way that pulls you into their stories." - Betterverse

  • Premiere, 2012 Festival of Audiovisual Programs (FIPA), France

    DVD (Color) / 2012 / 86 minutes

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    One suicide is a tragedy. But what happens when a community is rocked by a series of suicides, one after another, all of them young people? Do the families mourn in private, fearful that expressing their grief publicly could result in more deaths? Or does the community come together, so that individual families can tell their stories and in turn do something to combat the insidious face of depression and its consequences?

    Until now the accepted wisdom has been to publicly downplay suicide but in speaking to families who've lost children, reporter Liz Jackson found that young people are in fact talking about suicide all the time on facebook. Social media has the potential to influence behaviour, for better or worse, and it's now accepted that suicide prevention strategies need to deal with this. As one parent explains, it was only after the death of her child that she realised her daughter had been discussing her depression and suicidal thoughts on facebook. When calls and messages kept coming addressed to her deceased daughter the mother was forced to write:

    Four Corners tells the story of one community in a major Australian city where the threat of repeated suicides amongst young people became so overwhelming that families and community leaders, backed by mental health experts, held an old fashioned public meeting to allow the families and friends of the victims to tell their stories. It was a bold and controversial step but it was the only way they felt they could deal with the situation. In doing so the community hoped they could break the terrible silence and find a way to confront this silent enemy. You will be shocked by what you see.

    DVD / 2012 / 45 minutes

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    Dramatic scenarios will help students to understand the positive and negative sides of this new technology. With the new technologies, students, using their cell phones, mobile email devices and handheld computers, can send and receive messages within seconds. Unfortunately, most kids don't know social and legal consequences of sending an inappropriate text or picture. This program explores the basic do's and don'ts of texting and sexting. After viewing this program, students will come to realize the importance of considering the long term and unintended consequences of hitting "send."

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2011 / (Grades 7-College) / 27 minutes

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    Social networking sites are open to anyone however offer a low level of security and protection. Because students often post detailed and specific information, they can be more easily stalked by strangers or even acquaintances. The purpose of most of these networks is to allow individuals and groups to keep in touch and track the daily lives of each other. By keeping things at the status quo on the social networking sites, the result is a micro society of friends that is more open than ever before. However students don't often consider the dangers that social networking introduces to their lives. The content they place on the networks can easily make them vulnerable to all sorts of threats. Some of these threats are minor, but some can be incredibly severe. A photo shared between two people can quickly become a viral phenomenon. By using the text messaging service on their cell phones, computers or other electronic devices, teens engage in sexting by sending flirtatious messages back and forth. Sexting is currently illegal under federal law. It falls under the creation, distribution and possession of child porn and is a felony offense. While some lawmakers are working to change this, others are prosecuting both those taking the pictures and those possessing them.

    Subjects Covered Include:
  • What are the benefits of Social Networking Sites?
  • What are the dangers of Social Networking?
  • What should you not post on your site?
  • What is the impact from incriminating & inappropriate information posted on network sites?
  • Can postings on a network site effect employment?
  • The Felony charges associated with sexting

    DVD / 2011 / (Grades 8-12) / 18 minutes

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    A person normally wouldn't shout out the details of a secret hookup or give a credit card to a total stranger and say "Max it out for me." Yet as this video playfully points out, in effect that's what people do when they post indiscreetly on social networking sites or are duped by phishing scams. Think b4 u Post uses a light touch to deliver some very serious information on how people can protect their reputation and guard their privacy online while still having a good time using social networking sites. On the "reputation" side, viewers are advised to keep their postings positive, remember that "intended readers" (friends) are only a subset of "actual readers" (friends, teachers, prospective employers...), and more. And on the "privacy" side, viewers are made aware of the consequences of cyberbullying and defamation as well as steps they can take to safeguard their personal information and avoid online/offline predators. Data mining is also discussed.

    DVD / 2011 / 22 minutes

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    By Georg Boch

    Theodor Adorno was an influential member of the Frankfurt School of social theory - a German-born intellectual who fled Nazi Germany for America, and whose work anticipates and informs much post-modern theory. In this revolutionary "participatory documentary," digital filmmaker Georg Boch, one of more than 200 people that belong to a Facebook group called "Adorno Changed My Life," sets out to learn how Adorno's work has touched the group's lives.

    For the film, Boch solicits videos and Skype conversations. Unlike the traditional documentary, this approach allows each of the participants to frame how they want to be perceived and to direct their own conversations.

    For art historian Travis English, who shamelessly multitasks on camera, reading Adorno for the first time was like "swallowing a stick of dynamite." Australian intellectual Ivan Krisjansen (who uses a portrait of Adorno as his Facebook profile photo) compares it to "climbing Mount Everest, standing on the peak and being able to see forever."

    Digital culture critic Dennis Redmond - who at times speaks in front of a shelf full of teddy bears - sees parallels between Adorno's work and the digital commons. Redmond encourages viewers to read random pages from Adorno to see how they seamlessly fit into a whole in the same way that fragments of digital culture mesh.

    It's also a metaphor for the film itself: far-flung, isolated members of an online group whose individual contributions are transformed into a cultural product. The film also makes no attempt to hide its digital roots. Rather than cleaning up time lags or sharpening focus, it celebrates the imperfections of digital communication.

    FACEBOOK'S "ADORNO CHANGED MY LIFE" resists the temptation to offer a potted guide to the philosopher's thought. Instead, it allows its participants to set the terms of the conversation, and to reveal their relationships to Adorno's work. Even if they feel, as does Moldavian emigrant Vitalie Bezdiga, that "Theodore Adorno is of no great help when it comes to jobs or employment."

    DVD (Color) / 2010 / 28 minutes

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    Not everyone is happy with traditional forms of media. Concerns about independence and a decline in public debate have left many feeling that their voice will never be heard or considered. However, the internet has meant that ordinary people can be both producer and distributor of information and opinions through web-logs (blogs). However, the question still remains; are their voices really being heard? Having an online presence is one thing, but how do you attract attention to your blog when there are already 8.5 million bloggers out there? This program will inform students about the emergence of blogs, look at their associated negatives and positives and debate whether they really are an opportunity for the alternative voice or just uncensored rants.

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    DVD / 2006 / (Middle Secondary - Senior Secondary) / 25 minutes

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    Facebook. Cellphones. Texting. Technology is the way kids communicate today -- and a new challenge for parents and educators when it comes to keeping kids safe and on the right track. Along with its benefits, the online world brings plagiarism and cheating, bullying, "sexting," cyberbullying and exposure kids have never had at such a young age. Growing up in The Digital Age requires requires education, excess and ethics - from adults who care. Hear from kids themselves about what they're really up to and in to online - and how to educate and protect even tech-savvy kids from others and their own behavior.


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    This timely program provides teens with an essential safety primer on using social networks such as Facebook. Through interviews with experts and real-life young people, teens learn that social networks can be a useful tool for communication and connection, but also pose significant risks. Experts discuss how harmful rumors can be spread quickly as well as the danger of cyberbullying, or harassment that occurs through the internet, cell phones, and other technology. The risks of "sexting," or posting sexually explicit images or materials online, are also covered. Viewers see how "phishers" and identity thieves can glean private information from what you post on social profiles; finally, the risk of encountering sexual predators is emphasized. The program provides important, easy-to-follow rules for keeping information-and oneself-safe while using social networks.

    DVD (Closed Captioned, With Teacher's Resource Book) / (Grades 7 - College) / 20 minutes

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    This presentation gives students a better understanding of online communities and social networking. The various types, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of both will be discussed. Safety and legal issues of social networking and online communities and how they have changed business are addressed.

    CD-ROM (Win, PowerPoint Presentation (39 slides))

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    Alert your employees to online hazards and show them how to use social media wisely and appropriately.

    Social media is everywhere-including our workplaces. While it can serve useful business purposes, it can also open the door to hackers, circulate rumors and abusive comments, create public relations nightmares, and be a real drag on productivity.

    In fact, many employees spend up to two hours every workday on non-business related websites-often not realizing how their multiple side-trips can consume their time and lead to other problems, as well. And it's not just during the workday. After-hours posts can also have an impact if they violate policies or cause friction between coworkers.

    So how do you avoid the dangers of potential harassment claims, exposure to computer viruses and malware, and release of confidential data? And how do you convince employees that spending too much company time on social media is just not OK?

    This new video will help. Dramatic scenes filmed on location in a variety of industries show:
  • A receptionist's computer is hacked after she opens a suspicious email attachment.
  • A waiter posts a photo from behind-the-scenes that could harm a restaurant's reputation.
  • An office worker snipes at a coworker through social media, making everyone take sides.
  • Text messages are used to pursue unwelcome romantic interest in a colleague.
  • Trade secrets are released before a new product launch and quickly captured by a competitor.
  • Social networking and online video games create more work-and resentment-for coworkers.

    Technology cannot be avoided-few of us could get our jobs done without it. But it needs to be used wisely and appropriately. Take advantage of this new release to make an impression on employees: "Do your own stuff on your own time and THINK before you post."

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 14 minutes

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