‘Who’s This?’ is a film which has been devised and acted by students from a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) in Croydon, S London as part of the ‘Munch Poke Ping’ project run by Stephen Carrick-Davies. This project actively involves vulnerable and excluded young people in film-making to explore powerful emotions and issues which they encounter when using social media.
The value of this approach is first and foremost that it empowers young people who had never written a film or acted before to share their story and their perspective. However because the films are produced are powerful, we have obtained consent from the young people and their parents/carers to share the films so other organisations can both learn from the experience of using film-making and social media tools to engage excluded young people, and understand some of the serious issues which are explored in the film directly from the young people, not external experts.
Warning - this film will get students and staff asking questions!
This film has been written by young people in a secondary school PRU and the audience for this film is very much secondary aged children (12 years and up). The film gives a very authentic feel of what it feels like to be impersonated and the anxiety caused when someone’s reputation is questioned.
LESSON PLAN AND ACTIVITY SHEET
In preparing this film to show with other young people we have produced a lesson plan and activity sheet. This will help you PAUSE at the different times indicated and ask the students questions about the action. Capture some of the discussion on flip chart paper, try and ʻsplitʼ the feedback into 2 sections “ACTION & CONSEQUENCE”
The key aim of this project is to help staff working in PRUs to engage with this issue of social media by helping students share their experiences and produce their own resources. We've therefore compiled a list of resources and links to further organisations who can support this activity.
RELEVANCE TO THE CURRICULUM
This film explores issues from key programmes of study in the PHSEE, Citizenship and ICT curriculum, including the importance of developing good relationships and respecting difference between people’, keeping information secure, and the importance of privacy. Issues which are extremely relevant to young people’s social life outside the school !
WHO'S THIS ?
This film looks at the issue of identity theft, -what some young people call ‘FRAPING’; Facebook ‘rape’. This occurs when someone ‘jumps’ on a person’s unprotected Facebook account which may have been left open on either a mobile phone or computer. The impersonator then sends inappropriate updates and posts to the owner’s friends. In the preparation work with the students who made this film, this was one of the most upsetting aspects of using Facebook and this film is based on the actual experiences of the young people who made the film.
Although the film deals with ‘Fraping’ we have not used the word in the title of the film as we were keen not to use words which can sensationalise an activity or trivialise the experience of physical rape. However, it is clear from the film, that the experience of being ‘fraped’ can leave a victim feeling defiled, abused and extremely upset.
HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE QUESTION !
In working with the young people over many weeks in making this film, we faced a real challenge. How could we allow the young people to relay their true-to-life experiences and the contradictions which social media throws up, whilst also producing a resource which could help them (and others) understand important, relevant safety advice? Most of the young people in this film had experienced the pain of getting caught in the spiral of casual cruelty and meanness that technology can amplify. Teenage years are hard enough as they are without this added pressure of online mistrust and reputation assignation. If you have very little in life, your reputation is everything!
The film explores some of this real life tension. For example the youth felt that teachers in the main ‘don’t understand how it feels’ when things go wrong online. That it was naive to simply say “just don’t get involved!” For them cyberbullying was just part of the reality. We have kept this tension in the film and have designed it to really help other YP think and explore difficult issues from a victim’s point of view. Indeed the young people’s experience points to the fact that victims so often continue to feel isolated, misunderstood and in need of some closure even if that includes retaliating. There are some aspects of the film which are purposefully ambiguous and leave both teachers and young people asking questions. This is deliberate and helps build curiosity which in turn helps unlock discussion and questions. For example, does Elias really forgive his fellow students? Does the teacher in the film really not know how it feels? Does Elias get his own back in the end? Is that the right thing to do ?
LESSON PLAN & ACTIVITY SHEETS
A special lesson plan and activity sheet has been produced which will help you prepare for using this film with YP and tackle some of the issues which the film raises.
BEHIND THE SCENES
As with all the films which are (or eventually will be) up on this website we aim to produce a film about how we made the film which will include interviews with the young people who made the film and the staff in the PRU. We believe that this is a really important part of both understanding how the film was made and the issues which dedicated professional staff working in these special schools have to deal with in both promoting responsible creative use of new social media tools, and safeguarding users. We recommend you review this film before using the 'Who's This?' film with young people or staff.
Full written and informed consent was cleared with all the students who appeared in this film (and their parents/carers) not only for permission to film but also to distribute their film online and through social media.