Participants are introduced to the idea that “hot” emotional states like anger or excitement, can make it more difficult to control their actions. As well, they will discuss the concept of empathy and look at the way in which digital communication can make it difficult for us to feel it for others.
Ask your children if they want to go outdoors for a hike, and you’ll likely hear groans of protest as they turn back to their screens. Invite them on a high-tech treasure hunt for a geocache, and they’ll start peppering you with questions as they put on their shoes and head for the door.
Participants will explore the phenomenon of “viral video” circulating on the internet, the accompanying images, words, stories, etc., their impact on society, their accuracy, validity, and reliability, and the importance of cautious and safe internet surfing.