So after a few comments on my last blog, i started to think of the negative side of YouTube and why teachers wouldn’t use it in schools. For one, i can understand that i probably wouldn’t feel confident allowing a class of 30 children under the age of 16 freely to roam YouTube under the knowledge that it was me who would be giving them consent to do so. What sort of things are on YouTube? Just about anything and everything.
I thought i would have a look online and see what videos i could find. I imagined i was in a class and had been told to look up Photosynthesis… well this is a video i found… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z03i3mscbwc&feature=related
I must admit I don’t think I would learn much from that yet im sure the students who uploaded that passed their test with flying colours. So maybe YouTube could be used in a much more engaging way than just the teacher showing them videos. The students could take a topic and make a video, or a rap/song something to their taste to learn about a topic. Great, isnt it?
But, is this what children would want to do? If anyone has heard my singing voice they would know that I would not want that put on YouTube! (It could easily be mistaken for a cat being strangled!!) With a Class of 30 children how does the Teacher monitor what the children put on YouTube? How does the Teacher monitor what the children then put on outside of class time since they have shown them the valuable tool of how to upload the videos..
Sadly, there is no way, and this could lead to cyber bullying. I started reading around and found many accounts of children’s parents speaking of the upset their child had when a video of them had been uploaded onto YouTube (without the child’s consent) and it had taken YouTube weeks to take it off and needed police involvment for this to do so. YouTube doesnt sound so great now, does it?
Another child said that they used to get bullied in the classroom and YouTube just made it worse. They couldn’t get home and forget about the bullies as they could then read the comments on the video online, as well as facebook, myspace and other social networks.
YouTube is such a powerful tool for allowing students to engage with other’s opinions and topics as it is worldwide, yet it also allows for worldwide ridicule, which isn’t such a great thing!
What i can’t quite believe is that YouTube doesnt have any moderators that have to check the video content before allowing the world to see it. Seems a bit wrong to me.. What do you guys think?