Michael Leonhardt

Mattie Kovatovich

Elizabeth Kuhlmann

The Internet Is Not The Enemy



- Mini Documentary Planning Document - Documentary Guidelines, Topic, Research, Storyboard/Script

- Release Forms

- 3 to 5 Minutes in length

- Personal interviews

- Music (should match theme)

- Original pictures/images

- Original video

- Title and credits

- Wevideo features - transitions, sound effects

- No watermarked/copyright images (cite sources)


  1. Research

Mattie:Why it’s good for:


Teens can access information they find hard to talk about.

1 in 6 teens use the internet to find information about drugs, sexual health or depression.

Senior citizens who spend more time online are less depressed and more mentally active.

Social media can lead to people making more informed health decisions

40% use social media to access health related consumer reviews.

say information found via social media would affect the way they cope with a chronic condition.

42% use social media to access health related consumer reviews.

45% say information found via social media would affect their decisions to seek a second opinion.


Internet access can increase graduation rates

Students with broadband at home are 6-8% more likely to graduate compared to similar students with no broadband access.

Works out the brain

Researchers found that “internet speak” has no harm on adolescents’ ability to spell. They say, if anything, it gives us a “brain workout.”

Online courses mean more flexibility and learning choices for students

In the last 5 years the number of students taking online courses has increased by 96%


The Internet itself contributes 3.4% to GDP in 13 countries - an amount the size of Canada in terms of GDP.

It creates jobs

For each job created in the high-tech industry, 5 additional jobs are created in other sectors

The internet crowdfunds innovation

In 2012, crowdfunding platforms raised $2.7 billion & successfully funded 1 million+ campaigns.

(Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically via the internet.)

More than 95% of businesses in OECD countries have an online presence, meaning improved efficiency and more ways to communicate with customers.

The internet creates new services

The growth of legal streaming helps to reduce online piracy.

'The Netflix Effect' - 40% of people copy or download less due to legal streaming services such a Netflix.


It connects people regardless of distance

In the last 10 years, Skype has connected more than 300 million people around the world.

Combined, everyone's conversations add up to 2.6 million years of Skype calls.

It's a good place to start married life

35% of couples married between 2005 and 2012 met online.

Divorce or separation rates are lower for couples who met online.
Human Rights

“The Internet should be a human right”

"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression: this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."

Article 19

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights


the Internet is an easy way of communication, a good place to learn, and freedom of expression.

Communications rights should be reconceptualised for modern technology.



1  Ford G & Ford S (2009), Internet Use and Depression Among the Elderly, Phoenix Center Policy Paper No. 38.

2  Lenhart A, Purcell K, Smith A & Zickuhr K (2010), Social Media & Mobile Internet Use Among Teens and Young Adults, Pew Internet & American Life Project.

3  Tech-Savvy College Students Are Gathering Gadgets, Saying Yes to Showrooming and Rejecting Second-Screening - globalnewswire.com

4  Connect America Fund - fcc.gov

More reasons why it is good:

Access to museums and libraries all across the world

Instant access to latest news and events

Instant access to friends, family, and business associates through email, instant messaging, video conferencing, etc

Shop from home

Consumer information on products you are/may think of buying


Trivial knowledge

  1. Michael:        93% of teens ages 12-17 go online

69% of teens have their own computer

63% of teen internet users go online every day

27% of teens use their phone to get online

24% of teens with a game console use it to go online

Kids ages 8 to 18 spend an average of 44.5 hours per week in front of screens from TVs to

87% of parents of online teens believe that the Internet helps students with their

schoolwork and 93% believe the Internet helps students learn new things.

• 55% say the Internet has been a good thing for their children; only 6% say it has

been a bad thing; 38% say the Internet has no effect one way or the other on their


• 55% say that it is essential for today’s children to learn how to use the Internet in

order to be successful and another 40% believe it is important.

• 28% of these parents have used email to communicate with their children’s





  1. Elizabeth:        Opposition: More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyberthreats online.

                        Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet.

                                Many parents are concerned about internet usage effecting their child job and academic opportunities.

                                From 2005 to 2009, internet scam complaints rose from 100,000 per year to nearly 300,000 per year.

(http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/20/parents-of-teenagers-say-they-worry-that-online-activities-might-hurt-children-in-the-future/?_r=0     http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/cyber-bullying-statistics.html      http://ansonalex.com/infographics/internet-scam-statistics-2012-infographic/ )

  1. Videography
  1. Elizabeth: Main shots
  1. Interviews
  1. Mattie: Interviewer
  2. Elizabeth: Cameraman
  3. Michael: Questions

        How much are you on the internet/your phone for homework and non homework purposes?

When you are on it while doing homework, do you use it purposefully?

        Could you live without social media, internet, and your phone? Explain

        Have you ever been cyber bullied or have cyber bullied someone?


  1. Editing and Music
  1. Mattie: Find music
  2. Elizabeth: Edit clips together
  3. Michael: