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Do’s and Don’ts in Physical Education.

Do’s and Don’ts in Physical Education

 

Assignment 1 of Coetai course 3

During our Coetail course 3, we were given an assignment to create an infographic, which would be used during class.

Being teachers and parents, all of us deal with children and their safety is a prime concern. I feel it is our responsibility to ensure the safety of the children in order to provide them with a conducive environment for growth and developing their confidence. Therefore, Safety: Do’s and Don’ts in physical education class is the topic addressing in my infographic. Also, I would like to mention that the simple poster That I had been using did not succeed in conveying the message to students who are less than 11 years old (elementary school children)

The infographic depicts various do’s and don’ts in a physical education class. Snake and ladder is a game that all of us must have played, I used to play this game about 45 years ago and I still remember it. So, I decided to use it for as infographic for my class. My understanding about infographic is to make complex data in a visually stimulating format, which get a lot of attention and helps to provide large amount on knowledge, which can be difficult to project using only words.

When I used it in my class, it was evident that students liked it as they were learning these rules by playing a game of snake and ladder. Snake bites, when you don’t follow the rule and the ladder will take you higher, when you follow the rule. During my swimming unit, I used it for the students who were either sick or forgot to bring their bathing suit.

I am absolutely positive that Infographic would be a great tool to use in Physical Education classes, which will enhance the knowledge and performance of the students.

Assignment no. 5 of Coetail course 2

 

STUDENT SAFETY AND BULLYING

 

Bullying at school and other places of social interaction is not new. Many children face it in varying degrees at school, gym, park etc. Another even more destructive type of bullying is the online bullying that many children now face. The increasing popularity of social networking sites and internet chat rooms have made a number of children vulnerable to this form of bullying as well. The repercussions of online bullying are even more dangerous. As per www.stopcyberbullying.orgCyber bullying” is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor. Once adults become involved, it is plain and simple cyber-harassment or cyber stalking. Adult cyber-harassment or cyber stalking is NEVER called cyber bullying.

 

When bullying comes home via the Internet it can leave the victims feeling helpless and overwhelmed and might have other unpleasant effects on the child. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the parents and educators to ensure that every child is oriented on the issue of online safety. I agree to what most parents feel in article “When dad banned text messaging”. Being a father to two grown up children, I have often observed that both my daughter and son use internet and mobile phone technology to stay in constant touch with their friends. For them texting and online messaging is almost a form of language now .Like many children of their age they have become extremely dependent on these devices for social communication.  It used to leave me irritated when my daughter would spend most of her time with her cell phone but now I try and explain her the issues it might involve with more patience than before.

 

 

(Source: Emotional stress)

 

The website http://www.opp.ca/ecms/files/250363910.6.pdf  is very informative. I found the following points particularly relevant for understanding cyberbullying and helping children as parents and educators to create awareness about it.

Understanding Cyber bullying:

It can be seen as sending unwanted material, doubtable picture to us, displaying our personal information without our consent, torturing or rather blackmailing someone to reveal some kind of personal information.

How can we help children?

  1. Parents and teachers should immediately talk about this issue and hence make it a topic for open discussion. If we are with our children, they will feel secure in whatever step they take.
  2. Hence we should make an amendment to educate parents and children about this issue.

Cybercrime is growing at such an alarming rate that it leaves us with no option. In schools, almost at each and every stage, we should be teaching our children that whether unknowingly they are suffering from bullying.

I completely agree with the article Bullying Has Little Resonance with Teenagers when it states that most of the children don’t really understand what exactly “cyber bullying” is. They most of the times consider it as some sort of a physical abuse. Wrong or sarcastic comments are not considered as bullying amongst them. It is true that they feel bad when someone is harassing them emotionally and not only physically.

Once children understand what cyber bullying is they would be less vulnerable to it. Also at the same time it is imperative that they should know how to deal with the problem. Hence the topic becomes more complicated to handle. Schools (educators) should definitely take some steps towards it and the same goes for the parents as well.

Teacher’s Solutions:

1. Amending anti-bullying policies which include every possible bullying.

2. Educating students and parents about cyber bullying.

3. Talking to parents and informing them so as to contact whom if they find their children

     being bullied.

4. Every bullying incident should be dealt with responsibly and never ignored.

 

Parent Solutions – If the child is being cyber bullied:

1. Making it comfortable for our children to talk to us about this topic.

2. Placing the computer at an open space which is visible to everyone.

3. Keeping the ISP (Internet Service Provider) informed of any such act .

4. Saving the messages for further evidence.

(Source:http://www.ippsr.msu.edu/Documents/Forums/2006_Mar_CYBER_BULLYING_INFORMATION_2006%20–%20Provided%20by%20Mr.%20Glenn%20Stutzky.pdf)

As technology advances and penetrates our society, it is important to be aware of its negative impact also and device solutions to counter these negative impact. Rational and justified utilization of technology is very important. And as parents and educators we have the responsibility to ensure that children do not become vulnerable to the unpleasant effects of these.

Assignment no.4 of Coetail course 2

 Privacy online…?

 

Online privacy is a debatable issue. It depends on personal discretion that what kind of information a person wishes to put up on a social networking site and hence I would like to conclude that online privacy does exists but with a few terms and conditions. This can even be stated through our previous assignment of digital footprint and how it can hamper our job prospects. I mean, there are a few things that should remain personal and hence networking sites deserves attention.

Online privacy is a very tricky thing to work with and our smartness plays a very significant role in it. Things while working online are so transparent that we can easily let loose our identity to someone. Our passwords should be made in such a way that people cannot generally guess them. We most of the time, unconsciously make our passwords as our telephone numbers or birth dates. These kinds of codes are very easily stalked. One thing that I have personally experienced is that till the time we are very less active on internet, the lesser are we prone to being hacked. The more time we spend on internet, the more we are prone to be exploited. Some important things which we should always remember are:

1. Keeping an alternate e-mail ID.

2. Not revealing our personal information to anyone.

3. Not replying to spam messages.

4. Not accepting holiday packages being offered online, since this is another form of stalking.

5. Always using protective policies provided by the Internet Service Provider.

(Source: https://www.eff.org/wp/effs-top-12-ways-protect-your-online-privacy)

 

 

 

( Source: www.continuitycompliance.org )

 

The internet is public, so it is difficult to discuss the boundaries or limitations of privacy. Last week only, almost up to 15 online sites were told to re-evaluate their privacy policies and vast companies like Google and Facebook were among them. Electronic frontier foundation works towards defending our rights in the digital world.

 In my view, privacy online still looks a bit gauche but firstly it is our obligation to know all the terms and conditions of the site we are using, if we should publish our personal details and if we publish, how can we protect it from being stalked by others. Many Indian actresses were embarrassed since their photographs were picked up and were edited in a very unpleasant way. These pictures are publically displayed for everyone. Right now the police and other investigating agencies even have ethical hackers who are computer experts and work in a virtuous way by guarding us from the hackers, “they hack the hackers”.

 

  

( online privacy)

The direction in which internet policies are heading these days is such that despite of numerous privacy settings, once picture goes up, the owner will literally have no control over how it is used! The network is so massive to control that it literally becomes unmanageable for us to protect it completely.

We should definitely try and draw a line between our private and social profiles online but I think that being on the internet everything is almost public in a certain way. Carefulness has to be maintained while playing around with our identity online otherwise it can own our future. We should always stay vigilant about the changing nature of  the terms and conditions of the social networking sites. The pictures and comments that we post publically could come back in the future to haunt us privately and professionally.

As educators, it is our duty to teach our students how to distinguish between right and wrong. They should be well imparted about the privacy policies and the way they should be working while dealing with online issues and online privacy. Children should be taught about the drawbacks of online hazards such as hacking, stalking, phishing or cyber bullying. We can give them a presentation of how we can protect ourselves. This will definitely give them a practical idea about it and hence they would be able to implement it in their lives as well. Students play the role of our future generation and if they are well skilled and inspired to work in the right direction, nothing can go wrong. Remember that WE decide what information about ourselves to reveal, when, why, and to whom.

 

 

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