Recently we have been hearing a lot about bullying that is going on within our classrooms in multiple grade levels. We have also heard about cyber bullying taking place across the country causing teenagers to take their own lives. You might be thinking, well this never happens in our classrooms or to our students, but it is a nation wide epidemic and it is our responsibility to make sure our students know how to respond and to know the effects and laws that go along with cyber bullying.This is for most grade levels from 3rd grade to college, even though those that are younger then 13 aren’t supposed to have accounts on social networking sites they are getting on and it is our responsibility to make sure they are being responsible. AASL Standards that apply:1.3.3 follow ethical and legal guidelines in gathering and using information1.3.5 use information technology responsibly3.3.7 Respect the principles of intellectual freedom. 3.3.2 Respect the differing interests and experiences. 4.3.4 Practice safe and ethical behaviors in personal electronic communication and interaction.
The different forms now include facebook, Myspace, twitter or other social communication. Students are communicating in so many different ways now that instead of only bullying each other in school they are doing through all forms of communication. You have a harder time tracking who is saying what and if they are really the people they say they are. We aren’t able to be there for the students, but as educators we need to educate the students so that they understand that they are better then the person bullying them and that there are ways out of it.
Since technology is in the hands of our teenagers all the time this is something we really need to look at in our school system. It is important because our students all have cell phones and all have access to the computers. So if one of our students happens to be come a victim it is going to effect that student in multiple ways. Throughout the presentation we will learn about the causes, what it looks like, targets, warning signs, warning signs of the bullies, outcomes, and what we can do. I hope you learn something from the presentation.
The causes of cyberbullying are of a wide range. When reading a recent article they discussed the different reasons for cyberbullying and one the main reasons for cyberbullying is that kids think it is funny! They think that they are just joking about it. Other reasons stated for cyberbullying were that they were pressured from friends to do it. When you are at this age level you also think that if you hear everyone else is doing it then you might as well be doing it as well, so peer pressure and lack of knowledge can be another reason that the younger generations do it. Another reason they might do it in the cyber world and not the real world is because they think that they won’t be caught. Since they are focusing on not using their name and rather then being straight in front of someone. It is also stated some people are just evil and they enjoy causing trauma to others. This is not only left to peers it has been stated that they have noticed that teachers have been posting negative comments about students on their social networking sites. So students are not the only ones cyberbullying.
Cyberbullying can look like many different things: Mean and rude texts or informationPersonal information addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers, personal pictures.Leaving people out of a group. Not including them in their own line groups. Pretending to be someone other then themselves. Spreading different rumors about other people and lies that are against a certain personTricking people into revealing personal information through social networks
Who are the targets in cyberbullying? One of the main targets in cyberbullying are teenagers. It is said that one in three teenagers have been involved in some sort of cyberbullying. (Amanda Lenhart)It is also stated throughout the research that girls are the main targets in cyberbullying. Also those who share more information such as personal information online they are more likely to be targets in cyberbullying.It is stated in an article by Amanda Lenhart, that a lot of teens that are cyberbullied stated that they thought the conversations that they were having either on line or in their text conversations were supposed to be private but ended up being posted on line. Teens that use social networking sites such as Facebook and Myspace and use the internet on a daily basis they are more likely to be targets then other teens. Unfortunately the older teen girls are targets to threats. 45% of cyberbullying occurs when the students are on school grounds
There are several warning signs for students who are cyberbullying victims:Jumps or gets nervous when they get an email, instant message, or text messageShuts down the computer windows whenever someone walks byReluctant to even use a technology device, such as cell phone, computer, etc..Has a decline in gradesDoesn’t feel well, frequent headaches, body achesDoesn’t want to be involved in school activities or with their family
There are also warning signs you can use to recognize the cyberbullies.You notice that they have multiple accounts on the internetAvoid discussions about online use and activitiesWhen using the internet and online resources may laugh a lotFrequently uses the computer and often uses it more often at nightMay be upset when the computer isn’t working or the internet isn’t working
What are the outcomes of cyberbullying? there have been many different outcomes of what cyberbullying does. attempted suicideRunaway attemptsRefusal to go to schoolChronically sick Some felt vengeful Some were angrySome were helplessIt had been stated that male victims of cyberbullying tend to be angry and vengeful Female victims tend to be in a state of self-pity and depressionUnfortunately there are cases where they are serious enough that it ends in death of the student being bullied or those around the victim.
Research has shown different ways that teens have tried to have the cyberbullying stop.When they were getting cyberbullied they asked the bully to stop. Some other students blocked the bully. Some teens talked to their friends the bullying that is taking place. Unfortunately there are several students who will not discuss the bullying with anyone. Then you have the students who turn off the computer and don’t go back online.
There are several things that we can do to help prevent or stop cyberbullying. The following list is available to better understand what we can do:Explain to students to never put any personal information online. Teach your students about cyberbullying and how to steer clear of it. Personally visit Web sites that students tend to frequent and learn what is going on in those sites. Teach students how to handle cyberbullying.Explain to students that they should never respond or seek revenge on the person who bullies them. Explain to students that they need to walk away from the computer and then think of a way to calm yourselves down. Teach students that there are horrible consequences from cyberbullying, sometimes cyberbullying includes hacking and this is a felony. So those are things to remember.Make sure you have rules set up in your classroom that provide restrictions on what they are doing on line.
If you have any questions about cyberbullying and what you can do in your classroom please let me know.
How is cyberbullyingaffecting your students? By: Bridget Pipes http://www.flickr.com/photos/homeofbastian/2311310078/
Definition of Cyberbullying On whatis?com,cyberbullying is defined as, “the use of email, instant messaging, chat rooms, pagers, cell phones, or other forms of technology to deliberately harass , threaten, or intimidate someone.”
Why does it matter to us? http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/305519653/
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