Human Rights in the world of contemporary media
By aurel on Wed, 01/23/2013 - 13:07
Blogs, Wikis, Tagging and social bookmarking, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, podcasts, Audio blogging, RSS and syndication
The applications of WEB 2.0 technology have generated an increased interest, especially among children and youth. On the other hand, it has time and again generated a tendency to rejection and negative reactions on the adults’ part, notably from teachers. While the youth has gained “ownership” over these means of communication, today many teachers represent themselves as excluded from the group of users and beneficiaries. The situation is changing at great speed, and today, the applications of WEB 2.0 are actually more prevalent and integrated in the everyday life of an increasing number of people. In the recent past, there have been incidents concerning the use by students of social media to ‘evaluate’ or survey’ their teachers, publicly. Teachers express distress facing this situation and rightly pointed out that this practice represent an infringement on their rights as professional and as citizens. Such issues are related to the question of respecting human rights, in particular to article #19 of the Universal declaration of human rights. The exercise of one’s freedom of expression is an inalienable human right that carries with it special duties and responsibilities and therefore are subject to necessary regulations provided by law. These issues are complex. A reflection on how online practices relate to human right is at the core of this training unit targeted at teachers.
Aurel Graur, ISJP and Pascale Mompoint-Gaillard, Pestalozzi Programme, Council of Europe
Teachers of all level and all subjects