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This handout present 8 strategies that can be used to radically reduce cyber bullying in schools. It focuses on preventing, preparing and recovering from cyber threats.

This handout present 8 strategies that can be used to radically reduce cyber bullying in schools. It focuses on preventing, preparing and recovering from cyber threats.

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  • KEEPING GEN Y SAFE ONLINEFIREPROOFING STRATEGIES FOR EDUCATORSPresented to Oregon School Counselors Association October 15, 2011 www.1xtramile.com I gideon@1xtramile.com I 775 225 2755 I 1
  • Keeping Gen Y Safe Online Fireproofing Strategies for EducatorsIntroductionThe way Gen Y young people use, interact and socialize on the Internet and new media is very differentfrom any other previous generation. In our quest to help them use these technologies responsibly, we mustmake an attempt to understand that culturally, they are “digital natives.”This requires an approach that is focused on preventing threats and responding to real incidents, just likefirefighters do in keeping the public safe. This approach is focused on strategies that are proactive as far aspossible and reactive as best as possible. We call this the REACH-OUT approach. It consist of 8 strategies:#1 Reach out strategyLong before a fire occurs, firefighters reach out to the public to understand their safety needs and concerns.If they have specific needs, you can help them in resolving these needs. Educators can do the same byreaching out to digitally at-risk kids to understand their challenges. Consider also reaching out to: Ideas:Parents of tech-at-risk......................................................................................................................................Teachers of tech-at-risk students......................................................................................................................#2 Evoke the code strategySometimes, firefighters have touted the fire safety code to gain compliance from reluctant citizens. Educa-tors can also evoke this strategy in reminding Gen Y students of the consequences of inappropriate onlinechoices. It may not always be effective, but it is worth using as a fall back strategy if others are not working. Ideas:School Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)..............................................................................................................School district/state regulations....................................................................................................................... www.1xtramile.com I gideon@1xtramile.com I 775 225 2755 I 2
  • #3 Assess your risks strategyYou can’t fight a fire, unless you know what is burning. In like manner, educators can conduct anonymoussurveys to understand what kinds of cyber threats are common in their school and local community. Basedon this, they can design targeted programs. There are over 12 threats on the rise today. Here are two: Ideas:Flamming..........................................................................................................................................................Happy slapping ................................................................................................................................................#4 Call to arms strategyThe focus of this strategy is to sensitize students about the dangers of inappropriate Internet and social me-dia usage. Educators can organize sensitization campaigns in partnership with student leaders. By so doing,the students will tend to participate more because they are stakeholders. Consider these ideas: Ideas:School poster post ..........................................................................................................................................School viral video contest ...............................................................................................................................#5 High road strategyEducators can also use incentives to encourage positive online behavior. Instead of penalizing, you canprovide rewards and incentives for good behavior. This can go a long way in reducing “fire fertilities” or cy-ber threats through the monitoring and reporting efforts of students. Consider incentives for: Ideas:Anonymous incident reporting..........................................................................................................................Good cyber citizenship .................................................................................................................................... www.1xtramile.com I gideon@1xtramile.com I 775 225 2755 I 3
  • #6 Offer enrichment assets strategyBy offering enrichment assets to Gen Y kids, educators can dissuade or divert kids from inappropriate use oftechnology to other enriching activities. Besides blocking specific inappropriate websites, educators need toprovide other useful alternatives both online and offline. Consider other engaging tech options like:Photography club..............................................................................................................................................Video production club........................................................................................................................................#7 Utilize local resource strategyIn every community, there are potential resources that can be mobilized for firefighting programs. Such re-sources, must be sought for and mobilized. The first challenge is to identify them. Educators can identifylocal resource people and organizations that support cyber safety programs:Local cyber police...........................................................................................................................................Local Internet Service Providers (ISP) or telcos.............................................................................................#8 Tech- mitigate strategyTechnology can be used in fighting fires. So is the case in promoting cyber safety. With respect to helpingGen Y online, educators can advise parents and schools to consider using tools that monitor the misuse oftechnology privileges with cutting edge applications geo-locations, bullying or social mentions. Consider:Google alerts to monitor kid ‘s name..............................................................................................................GogoStat app iphone monitoring cyber bullying..............................................................................................ConclusionTo keep Gen Y safe online requires a proactive effort in identifying, mitigating and responding thoughtfully toincidents. It takes both social and technological fireproofing strategies to keep Gen Y safe online today.Every educator who is able to reach-out and prevent cyber threats, will go a long way in keeping them safe.List of References: www.1xtramile.com I gideon@1xtramile.com I 775 225 2755 I 4
  • About the Trainer & Speaker - Gideon F. For-mukwai, MA, CEM Originally from Cameroon in Central Africa, Gideon F. For- mukwai, is an author, speaker, and entrepreneur. He is a graduate from the master’s degree program in Interactive (Social Media) Journalism at the Reynolds School of Journalism (RSJ), University of Nevada, Reno. While completing the program, he was the winner of the 2009 public speaking competition at the University of Nevada, Reno. In October 2011, Gideon finished a year-long grant project on cyber safety for Boys & Girls Club ofTruckee Meadows, Nevada. He trained over 4,000 students and 450 educators on cyber safety in schools. He has delivered programs for companies such as Shell Eastern Petroleum, Gillette South EastAsia, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, US Social Security Administration, Washoe County Public Libraries, WorforceCentral Florida, JC Penny and more. Gideon worked previously as a fire officer with the Singapore Civil Defence Force. In 2003, hefounded XtraMile Solutions, a communication, presentations skills and resiliency training company in Singa-pore. Eight years later, XtraMile has trained thousands of students and executives in countries such asHong Kong, Malaysia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Zimbabwe, US and Canada.He is the author of Facing Adversity with Audacity. In his free time, he has volunteered to speak at youthcamps and juvenile detention facilities in Asia and America. www.1xtramile.com I gideon@1xtramile.com I 775 225 2755 I 5