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Today’s technology has brought a newdimension to bullying, cyberbullying, and it’s onthe rise.What is cyberbullying, exactly?"Cyberbullying" is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented,threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwisetargeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet,interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. It has tohave a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated bya minor against another minor. Once adults become involved, itis plain and simple cyber-harassment or cyberstalking. Adultcyber-harassment or cyberstalking is NEVER calledcyberbullying
Here are some alarming statistics: 1-5 students reported being cyberbullied – similiar to traditionalbullying 1-5 students admit to being a cyberbully -compared to 8% intraditional bullying- THAT’S DOUBLE!!! 10% of students report being both“But bullying is doubly dangerous because if leftunattended it can rapidly escalate into even moreserious violence and abuse. Just as you have gatewaydrugs, bullying is gateway behavior.” – ArneDuncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
WE KNOW THAT:Cyberbullying can effect the emotional, social and academichealth of our students.So What Can We Do?1. Develop Good Digital Citizens2. Provide Ongoing Bullying Education3. Promote Kindness Toward Each Other
Digital Citizenship:Digital Citizenship is a concept which helpsteachers, technology leaders and parents tounderstand what students/children/technology usersshould know to use technology appropriately. DigitalCitizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it is away to prepare students/technology users for asociety full of technology.
Suggested Lessons/Activities :The website below provides three digital citizenship activities: Digital Citizenship and the 21st Century Digital Compass Activity Digital Driver’s LicenseThese lessons should take 2-3 class periods depending on thetimeallowed for discussion. You can end with students signing a Digital Citizenship Pledgehttp://www.digitalcitizenship.net/Resources.html
Suggested Lessons/Activities:The following website has a great set of four lessons that will helpyou educate students and parents about cyberbullying. Each lessonincludes student activity sheets. There is also a Home Connectionshandout for students to discuss with their parents. Cyberbullying: Not a Pretty Picture Cyberbullying: Who, Me? Why Should I Care? Cyberbullying: Crossing the Line Dealing With Cyberbullyinghttp://cybersmartcurriculum.org/cyberbullying/
Here are some other suggestions: Have the school resource officer, speak to your class or teamabout internet safety and the consequences of in appropriateonline behavior Have the technology teacher do a “Facebook Makeover” for yourstudents , team or afterschool with parents Have students create PSAs throughskits, videos, podcasts, posters and other visuals to Stand–Upagainst bullying/cyberbullying Create a team wide contest for the best PSA and air it on theWMS newsOther Resources:http://www.bullyingawarenessweek.org/http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/what_is_cyberbullying_exactly.html
One thing that we, as a learning community, canrequest is an anonymous tip resource forstudents, adults or others to report bullying.One company that can help accomplish this goal isSchoolTipline. Visit their website to obtain furtherinformation.Let’s start a community dialogue to garner supportand funding for this tool to combat bullying in ourschools.http://www.schooltipline.com/
No act ofkindness, nomatter howsmall, is everwasted.-Aesop
We might not be able to do a 24 hour or even a 12 hour Random Acts ofKindness (RAK) activity like Michael and BU, but here are some things youcan try in your classroom or team: Caught Your Caring! Campaignhttp://www.bullyingawarenessweek.org/pdf/Caught_You_Caring.pdf Kindness Wall Toothpaste Activity Coin Jar Donation Project Have a RAK hour each week or month Create a Kindness video with film and photos of students doing RAKOther Resources:http://www.kidactivities.net/category/Random-Acts-of-Kindness.aspxhttp://www.randomactsofkindness.org/
1000. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.kidactivities.net/Bullying Awareness Week www.bullyingawarenessweek.org Created and Coodinatedby Bill Belsey President, Bullying.org. (2012). Bullying Awareness Weekwww.bullyingawarenessweek.org Created and Coodinated by Bill BelseyPresident, Bullying.org. Retrieved August 14, 2012, fromhttp://www.bullyingawarenessweekBusiness-Cliche Mythbusters #1: Can you put toothpaste back in the tube? on Vimeo. (n.d.).Vimeo, Your Videos Belong Here. Retrieved August 14, 2012, fromhttp://vimeo.com/775157Cyberbullying. (2012). CyberSmart! Student Curriculum. Retrieved August 14, 2012, fromhttp://cybersmartcurriculum.org/cyberbullyingDuncans, A. (2012, August 11). The myths about bullying: Secretary Arne Duncan. Retrievedfrom http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/myths-about-bullying-secretary-arne-duncaremarks-bullying-prevention-summitReferences:
Kitchen - Cyberbullying Prevention Commercial - YouTube . (n.d.). YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.Retrieved August 14, 2012, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbtajOvAU10Materials:SchoolTipline. (2011). SchoolTipline. Retrieved August 14, 2012, fromhttp://www.schooltipline.com/resourcesOctober 2011: Bullying and Adolescent Health - The Office of Adolescent Health. (2011). United StatesDepartment of Health and Human Services. Retrieved August 14, 2012, fromhttp://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/news/e-updates/eupdate-7.htmlResources. (2012). Digital Citizenship. Retrieved August 14, 2012, fromhttp://www.digitalcitizenship.net/ResourcesSTOP cyberbullying: What is cyberbullying, exactly?. (n.d.). STOP cyberbullying: Cyberbullying – what itis, how it works and how to understand and deal with cyberbullies. Retrieved August14, 2012, from http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/what_is_cyberbullying_exactly.html