Scenario C

High School Videos

Your high school Spanish students have been extremely excited about a recent project in your class. Students have been writing scripts and acting out “commercials” in Spanish for imaginary products. You have recorded the commercials on a digital camcorder and uploaded the videos to YouTube. The response has been very positive to these videos, and several students have uploaded them to their personal MySpace pages and blogs to share them with friends.

However, one of your students, Olivia, just forwarded you a comment written in response to one of the videos in which she participated and asks for help translating. The comment is in Spanish and contains several sexual references and curse words. When Olivia clicks on the commenter's username to find out more about the person, she sees videos with sexual content. What do you tell your students about the comment and what Olivia saw, and how do you advise them to respond?

What to tell students

  1. Preliminary response to Olivia - This should be handled privately to avoid any further embarrassment to Olivia. The converstion should proceed along these lines - "Olivia I am sorry you have had this experience. Are there any specific questions you might have for me? Are you worried about anything related to these comments and video? Has anyone in class or in school made inappropriate comments to you? I have taken precautions to avoid this in the future. Would you like me to address the issue to the class or would you prefer to handle any classroom concerns on an individual basis."
  2. Notify YouTube administrator
  3. Remove offensive comments
  4. Make access to class videos private
  5. Restrict all access to Read Only, except for teacher
  6. Inform Olivia's parents -This should be done before Olivia is spoken to.
  7. Inform principal - This should be done before the parents or Olivia are addressed.
  8. Discuss with class: summarize what happened ( if this will not make Olivia uncomfortable and if the principal is in agreement)
  9. Review Internet safety guidelines

Additional actions by the teacher