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A middle school teacher has taken to Reddit to express his belief that children need to be taught 'digital literacy' in the wake of the Logan Paul scandal.
The YouTube vlogger, 22, posted a clip to his channel on December 31 that showed him and his friends discovering a body in Japan's Aokigahara Forest, which is known to be a frequent site of suicides.
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The clip has now been removed by YouTube, but it had already racked up millions of views on his channel that boasts 15 million subscribers, before being taken down.
Citing YouTube's decision to cut ties with Paul, the 25-year-old teacher explained that before the scandals, most 10-year-old's 'would proclaim themselves' fans and as kids are a product of their environment, 'you can hardly blame a 10-year-old for blindly following Youtube zeitgeist.'
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He suggested that the biggest danger to children wasn't YouTube or its content, but the ignorance of parents and authority figures who 'underestimate YouTube's cultural influence'.
He added: 'Adults/teachers/coaches/parents need to inform themselves and be able to guide kids in open conversation about people like Logan Paul. Digital literacy needs to become standard curriculum in schools so that kids can actually gain the tools to safely and deliberately navigate social media.
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'Until this happens, there will be a huge gap between kids' online lives and their lives in school. Asking a 10-year-old to close that gap themselves is absurd.'
The teacher also discussed how 'digital citizenship' - having the critical thinking skills to be a good, responsible human on the Internet- was also an important element that needed to be taught.
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He wrote: 'In a perfect world, yes, parents should be involved in teaching their own...
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