Harassing,threatening, or targeting a person using technology. Hurtful twitter or facebook updates Impersonating another person Posting personal information about someone Cyberbullyingis associated with young people, but when adults get involved there can be legal consequences Cyber-harassment and cyber-stalking1 in 3 teens and 1 in 6 preteens have been the victims of cyberbullying
Many kids are afraid to bring this up to adults because they are ashamed, embarrassed, and they don’t want to loose technology privileges. Signs to look for are: Protective of their online life Withdrawal and avoidance of friends and activities Slipping grades, behavior changes Kids involved with severe cyber bullying can suffer from anxiety and depression. In some rare cases kids turn to suicide.
Let the child know it isnt their fault, and make sure they know they are not alone Consult with the child before involving school officials Try to block the bully from the desired technology Talk to the child about the importance of privacy online
If the bully is your own child, talk to them firmly about how their actions are hurting other people. Do not just wait for the problem to go away Use parental controls on the devices that the child was abusing Talk to the childs teacher and the school guidance counselor to see if taking anger management classes would be a possibility. This can help improve social skills
StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying. ItGetsBetter.org Reminds teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone. PacerKidsAgainstBullying.org An interactive, creative and relevant bullying prevention web site created for and by kids to raise awareness of bullying prevention in elementary schools.
Bullying is an issue that I will not tolerate in my future elementary school classroom. There are several things I intend to do throughout the year to ensure that a caring classroom community is being upheld. This includes allowing my students to help come up with a list of classroom rules that they feel are appropriate for everyone to follow. I think involving them in this process will make them more conscious of their actions. We will also discuss what they think appropriate consequences will be if a rule is broken, especially when it comes to bullying. If bullying does occur I intend to diffuse the situation right away and make sure they know that bullying is not acceptable behavior. I think it is also important to review what is considered bullying, and the hurtful effects it can have on people several times throughout the year.