Blogpost 8

At the beginning of my interdisciplinary class, “Living, Learning and Working in the context of the digital economy”, we were put into groups of three; these were our ‘blog buddies’. Over the course of this class we were required to write a number of blogposts on a variety of related topics. The purpose of our blog buddies was to leave a comment on our blogposts each week with positive feedback and also things that we could improve on for next time. I had never written or viewed a blog before beginning this class so it was good to have other students who were in the same boat as

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Figure 1: Peer to peer diagram

I felt that having others commenting on my posts really influenced and progressed my learning. Each week I spent time reading the comments that had been left on my posts from my blog buddies and sometimes from my tutor. I found this process extremely helpful as I was able to read other students’ views on what I had written and use these to develop my posts. I think it was beneficial to hear from people who are doing the same thing as you as they can relate to what you are writing and why you are writing it. I also found it helpful to hear from our tutor on some of my blogposts as she was able to ensure us if we were on the right path or not.

In addition, I also had the opportunity to leave my own comments on my blog buddies posts too. Being able to critically assess someone else’s work was helpful for when I wrote my next blog as I had more ideas to consider and I felt more confident in assessing my own work. This is evidenced as peer assessment can give you more responsibility for your own learning and you can use this evaluation practice to help you evaluate your own work too (Bostock, n.d.). Personally, whenever I am writing an assignment I ask to read my friends work and for them to read mines to get their opinion too. Therefore, I found it really useful to be able to read other students work; not only because I found it interesting but because I liked to view how they structured their blogs and what their opinions were. This helped to influence my own work as I could take tips from their blogs and gain some ideas for my following posts.

On the other hand, I hope that my comments on my blog buddy’s posts were helpful to them and allowed them to improve and advance their ideas too. Research shows that through help from friends, people may enhance their learning and skills (Erwin, 2012). To do this I spent time reading their posts and noting down everything that I thought was really good about the post and then thought of some ideas that they could consider for future posts. Finally, I hope that by reading my blogposts this influenced their learning as well. I aimed to make my blogposts informative and interesting and sometimes included further reading links. Therefore, I hope this helped in building and enhancing my buddies’ knowledge too.

Overall, I have really enjoyed writing my blogs, developing my ideas each week and learning about different topics related to digital economy; it was also great to learn a new skill in conversational writing! I think the idea of peer support was really beneficial in helping me to keep on the right track and enhance my knowledge on each of the topics we wrote about. As well as finding out information each week through my own research, I was able to widen my knowledge by reading my peers posts. I also hope that my comments on the other student’s blogs were useful and helped them to improve their writing too.References:

Bostock, S. (n.d.). Student peer assessment. Retrieved from http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/engageinassessment/Student_peer_assessment_-_Stephen_Bostock.pdf

Erwin, Z. (2012). Benefits of Peer Support. Retrieved from http://benefitof.net/benefits-of-peer-support/

Nicubunu. (2009). Peer to peer diagram. Retrieved from https://openclipart.org/detail/22366/peer-to-peer-by-nicubunu

Blogpost 7

Cyberbullying and Facebook:

For our overall assignment for our ‘Living, Learning and Working in the context of the Digital Economy’ class we have been asked to create a visual essay on a topic of our choice. Before we do this, my blogpost for this week will give a brief overview of the topic I have chosen and why I have chosen it.

I have decided to select the topic of cyberbullying and when discussing this, I will be linking it directly to cyberbullying on the social networking site, Facebook. Facebook is the most popular site of this kind, racking up an average of 900 million visitors each month (eBiz, 2014). Therefore, I chose to link it to this as I think it will be a major ground for cyberbullying due to the number of users it has. Consumer Reports (2011) confirmed this by saying that in the years of 2010 and 2011, one million children reported that they were being bullied on Facebook in a number of different ways.

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Figure 1: Social Network, Facebook, Network.

Within my visual essay, I will be discussing a number of aspects of cyberbullying which I believe to be necessary in order to understand the seriousness of the topic. I will begin by describing what cyberbullying is and will then go on to talk about three main factors of cyberbullying. These include: where cyberbullying can happen online, what kind of bullying it involves and what effects it can have on its victims. All the while, I will be relating this information to Facebook and will hopefully have some examples from the social networking site as evidence.

Although I have never been bullied myself, I have witnessed cyberbullying online, mostly in the form of nasty comments on peoples’ posts/pictures or spreading inappropriate rumours. Due to this being online, the bullies don’t see the negative effects they are having on the victim as they are not seeing them in person. However, these effects are still happening, meaning awareness has to be raised.

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Figure 2: Depressed.

There are a couple of reasons for my selecting of the topic, cyberbullying. One being that it has been an area that I have been interested in for a while. When I was in 5th or 6th year of high school, we were educated slightly on the topic of cyberbullying, and it struck an interest. How were people bullied online? What types of bullying were possible online? How did it affect the victims? I think it also caught my attention because I knew that many members of my family used the internet, and I thought if I was made more aware about the subject then I could help to ensure it was not happening to them.

In addition, as the digital world increases and develops, so do the number of ways that cyberbullying can occur. Therefore, I thought this would be a suitable topic to discuss as it needs to become more recognized in society and people have to be made more aware of the issue.

Overall, my visual essay aims to make people more aware of cyberbullying, what kind of bullying it involves and what the effects are on the victims. I hope this blogpost has given an overview of what my visual essay will cover and why I selected it.

References:

Consumer Reports. (2011). Bullying, Cyberbullying & Suicide Statistics. Retrieved from http://www.meganmeierfoundation.org/statistics.html

eBiz. (2014). Top 15 Most Popular Social Networking Sites. Retrieved from http://www.ebizmba.com/articles/social-networking-websites

Simon. (2013).  Social Network, Facebook, Network. Retrieved from http://pixabay.com/en/social-network-facebook-network-76532/

SteinsplitterBot. (2010). Depressed. Retrieved from http://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Depressed_(4649749639).jpg