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SID TV 2019: "Surf" feat. Christian Foley - film for 11-14 year olds

"Surf" is a music video featuring spoken word artist Christian Foley and dancers from the Street Factory hip hop studio in Plymouth. The film encourages consideration of both the consent we give and the consent we ask from others in a connected world.

Christian is a musician, poet, writer and teacher. He is one of the only few poets in the world selected to complete a ‘Spoken Word Education Programme’ and Teaching MA at Goldsmiths University. We thank Christian Foley, SoapBox Islington, Toby Gorniak MBE and the amazing dancers at Street Factory. 

This film is to be used alongside the corresponding Education Pack for 11-14 year olds

Part 1 – Context & History

In 1989, this guy had a vision of connecting minds
His name was Tim Berners Lee and he invented the web,
For all the world to see.

It was a dream, built at CERN but the concern
Was great power and responsibility to learn
When you surf the internet, like catching any wave
It can gather, it can travel, it can crash and it can break

Now, so much information to be found
So we’re swimming through this data and we’re trying not to drown
There are 3.2 billion online
Are you aware of how to interact, who with and why?

Hook

You wouldn’t go surfing, if you never learned to swim
Surfing on the web is a very similar thing
Be informed, think about actions you perform
Do you give consent and where is it stored?

Part 2 – Responsibilities / Awareness

Do you give permission if they’re sharing what you sent?
This is the mission, and the issue is consent
Check, where is this going, why?
Check, do I really want this online?

You wouldn’t walk down the street, with photograph ID
Giving your address to everybody you meet
Same applies to the internet, no matter who you are
That’s why you get them emails about GDPR

Keep your information close and personal to you
You don’t have to give consent, even if they say you do 

Be wise, realise real life is connected
To everything you click, hope that clicks in perspective

Consent is taking ownership, decisions that you make
Consent is checking in, checking everything is safe

Hook

You wouldn’t go surfing, if you never learned to swim
Surfing on the web is a very similar thing
Be informed, think about actions you perform
Do you give consent and where is it stored?

Part 3 – Collective Action

But the internet was made to connect
Don’t be caught in the web, simply pay your respect
Sort fake from the real cos the real is amazing
The internet provides boundless education

1989 that’s why they made it
Bringing us together cos together we are greater
Children are the future, compute it, cos you will shape it
Moving to the future, and we want to make it safer

Hook

You wouldn’t go surfing, if you never learned to swim
Surfing on the web is a very similar thing
Be informed, think about actions you perform
Do you give consent and where is it stored?

Available to stream now on Spotify and Deezer

You can also see the film on our YouTube channel or download for use offline by visiting Vimeo.

Subtitled version

Download the accompanying Education Pack and Assembly