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  • 1. Digital Citizenship Action Plan Bethany Meadows Submitted February 19, 2012
  • 2. Digital Citizenship OverviewO Millennials (our students) leading the way with technology useO Digital citizenship: responsible and appropriate use of technology to more effectively participate in societyO Task to enable students to make responsible digital choices falls on EVERYONE’S shoulders!
  • 3. The IssueO Cyberbullying (hurting, embarrassing another student/group) is prevalent in our schoolO 43 percent of teens have been cyberbullied in some format (NCPC)O According to Pew, 95 percent of all U.S. teens aged 12-17 are using the Internet.O In one month, one percent of discipline referrals involve cyberbullying on school grounds
  • 4. Goal - SummativeIn one school year, reducediscipline referralsinvolving cyberbullying tofive (currently, about 45)
  • 5. Goals - FormativeO Goal 2: Create two seminars for teachersO Goal 3: Implement year-long digital responsibility unitO Goal 4: Increase adult volunteer presenceO Goal 5: Increase student response scores on questionnaire
  • 6. Teacher SeminarsSEMINAR 1 (Teacher Workday, Aug. 2012)O Introduction to cyberbullyingO Presentation by Dr. Jenny Walker, expertO Starting materials distributed (educator’s guide, student survey)SEMINAR 2 (Teacher Workday, Jan. 2012)O Focusing on implementation of prevention in the classroomO Presentation by Scott Johnson, parent of student who was cyberbulliedO Gauge progress and motivation on prevention
  • 7. Designing digital responsibility unitO Year-long in homeroom; required to receive diplomaO Curriculum includes pre-tests, blog creation, an interview, viewing of documentary, and interaction with guest speakerO As end-of-unit assessment, students will create a 1-minute public service announcement video to discuss dangers of cyberbullying
  • 8. Increase parent/adult volunteer numbersO Parent/adult visibility in and out of school is paramount!!!O Currently 8 parent volunteers; goal to have 16O Mailing/e-mailing information homeO Callout meeting for volunteersO Free background checksO Placement in main office, classrooms, computer labs and locker rooms
  • 9. Increase student response scoresO Adding a data-centered componentO Students given a copy of questionnaire; questions ask about background knowledge of and personal experience with cyberbullyingO Confidentiality stressedO More background knowledge results and less experience with cyberbullying = higher scoresO Data will be used to modify the existing action plan for the following school year
  • 10. ConclusionO Cyberbullying is a fairly new phenomenon but becoming a crisis in America’s schoolsO Adolescents’ need to belong and conform coupled with the use of technology like computers and mobile-equipped cell phones is creating the problemO We hope to accomplish our summative goal of cyberbullying reduction by the end of the 2012-13 school year.
  • 11. ResourcesO Lenhart, A., Madden, M., Smith, A., Purcell, K., Zickuhr, K., & Rainie, L. (2011, November 9). Teens, kindness and cruelty on social network sites. Pew Researchs Internet & American Life Project. Retrieved February 18, 2012, from social-media.aspxO Stop cyberbullying before it starts. (2007). National Council on Crime Prevention. Retrieved February 16, 2012, from Walker, J. (n.d.) Home page. Cyberbullying News. Retrieved February 16, 2012, from http://www.cyberbullyingnews.comO Willard, N. (2007, January 18). Educators guide to cyberbullying, cyberthreats and sexting. Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use. Retrieved February 18, 2012, from Lets Fight it Together [Online video] (2007). Retrieved February 18, 2012, from A parents guide to cyberbullying. (n.d.) Retrieved February 17, 2012, from Smith, P., Mahdavi, J., Carvalho, M., & Tippett, N. (2006, January). An investigation into cyberbullying, its forms, awareness and impact, and the relationship between age and gender in cyberbullyin. Retrieved February 18, 2012, from http://www.anti-