June 10th, 2011 is delete day. A day to have our students spring clean their digital footprints and clean their digital acts. A day to erase any traces of risky, hurtful and inappropriate personal online content.
The Web and cell phones help us communicate, connect and learn in ways we never could before, but they've also forever changed how we interact with others. Things we used to share in person – and in private – can now be broadcast to thousands, instantly. Sometimes we type things we would never say to someone's face. As a result, new issues like forced sexting, textual harassment and cyberbullyiing have emerged.
MTV's A Thin Line campaign was developed to empower individuals to identify, respond to, and stop the spread of digital abuse in their life and amongst their peers. The campaign is built on the understanding that there's a "thin line" between what may begin as a harmless joke and something that could end up having a serious impact on you or someone else.
The Mary Louis Academy of Jamaica Estates, Queens, in New York organized a Delete Day to erase cyberbullying, one keystroke at at time.
Let's spark a conversation that delivers information and helps our students (and ourselves) draw their own digital line.