According to the most recent EU Kids Online research over one third of 9-12 year olds and three quarters of 13-16 year olds who use the internet in Europe have their own profile on a social networking site. I discovered this wonderful film from Julio Secchin which not only depicts the way that our youngsters use the web but also some of the wider implications.
It is such a thought provoking film with enough depth and quality to provide rich instigation and inspiration for discussion with youngsters about their online and offline behaviours. I will certainly use it when I get the chance.
Julio Secchin explains that:
“This is a short film about teenagers who are growing up in an environment with tons of information per second, being treated as criminals as they download a couple of songs from the internet, while trying to chat with their friends. The main goal here is make a reflection on subjects like freedom of information, online relationships and how all this blends or inside the head of a teenager, no matter where he lives”
Of course the film is completely open source and allows anyone to remix and remake using the content, perhaps a engaging project for children at your school to present a remixed film about copyright or internet use.
Let me know what you think and of course comment on Julio’s film and share with him what you make of it.