Cyberliteracy: In Cyber Literacy: Evaluating the Reliability of Data, Susan Regan Gregson defines Cyberliteracy as: “knowing where to go to find reliable and accurate resources on the Internet” In Lisa Mulka‟s new book: Cyber Literacy for the Digital Age she places further emphasis on new technological advancements in today‟s society: “Cyber Literacy for the Digital Age equips students with the knowledge, tools and resources they will need to adapt, grow, and stay safe in today’s ever-changing technological world”Mackey, T., & Jacobson T. (2011) Reframing Information Literacy as a Metaliteracy. College & Research Libraries, 72(1).
“Cyberliteracy means voicing anCYBERLITERACY: opinion about what these technologies should become and being an active, not passive participant.” To be cyberliterate, an individual must be “more than a user” of technology and must “become an active participant in the discussion.” Mackey, T., & Jacobson T. (2011) Reframing Information Literacy as a Metaliteracy. College & Research Libraries, 72(1).
Social Media: Social Media environments are dynamic entities that: produce, share and collaborate with newer, more innovative Web 2.0 technologies such as Facebook, Twitter, Delicious, Second Life, and YouTube.Mackey, T., & Jacobson T. (2011) Reframing Information Literacy as aMetaliteracy. College & Research Libraries, 72(1).
93% of teens ages 12-17 go online Teen Internet 69% of teens have their own Statistics: computer 63% of teen internet users go online every day 27% of teens use their phone to get online 24% of teens with a game console use it to go onlinehttp://facebook-parental-controls-review.toptenreviews.com/30-statistics-about-teens-and-social-networking.html
“Cyber Bullying involves the use of information and communicationCyberbullying: technologies such as e-mail, cell phones and pager text messages, instant messaging, defamatory Web sites and defamatory online personal polling Web sites, to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others.” –Bill Belsey Belsey, B. (2005). Cyberbulling: An emerging threat to the „always on‟ generation. Retrieved from: http://www.cyberbullying.ca/pdf/Cyberbullying_Article_by_Bill_Belsey.pdf
55% of teens have given out personal Teen Internet info to someone they don‟t know, Statistics: including photos and physical descriptions 29% of teens have posted mean info, embarrassing photos or spread rumors about someone 29% have been stalked or contacted by a stranger or someone they don‟t know 24% have had private or embarrassing info made public without their permission 22% have been cyberprankedhttp://facebook-parental-controls-review.toptenreviews.com/30-statistics-about-teens-and-social-networking.html
Cyberbullying can happenCyberbullying: through the use of e-mail, cell phone text (SMS) and multimedia messages (MMS), instant messaging (IM), defamatory Web logs (Blogs), personal Web sites, and online personal polling sites. Belsey, B. (2005). Cyberbulling: An emerging threat to the „always on‟ generation. Retrieved from: http://www.cyberbullying.ca/pdf/Cyberbullying_Article_by_Bill_Belsey.pdf
John C. LeBlanc- Professor atCase Study: Dalhousie University Examined 41 cases of suicide since 2003 that involved cyberbullying All cases involved teenagers between the age of 13 to 18. 78% of the cases the individual committed suicide were bullied both at school and online and 17% were only targeted on the internet http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2012/10/19/cyberbullying-suicide- study.html
In 2012 a British Columbia teen took her Examples: own life a few weeks after posting a YouTube video describing how she has been tormented by bullying online and struggling with depression. In 2010, an 18 year old Rutgers University student in New Jersey jumped from a bridge after he discovered his roommate used a webcam to spy on him. In 2008, a 13 year old Missouri teenager hanged herself after being the target of a hoax on MySpace.http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/10/12/cyberbullying-strategies-parents-q-a.html
Learning Cyberliteracy should beObjective: implemented into the school‟s curriculum and schools should have information sessions for students, staff and parents about cyberliteracy as well as issues surrounding online security, privacy and cyberbullying “Awareness and education are the keys to the prevention of cyberbullying!” -Bill Belsey, President, Bullying.org Canada
References: Belsey, B. (2005). Cyberbulling: An emerging threat to the „always on‟ generation. Retrieved from: http://www.cyberbullying.ca/pdf/Cyberbullying_Article_by_Bill_Belsey.pdf Bullying.org.(n.d). Bullying.org: Where youare not alone. Retrieved from: http://www.bullying.org/htm/main.cfm?content=1096 Mackey, T., & Jacobson T. (2011) Reframing Information Literacy as a Metaliteracy. College & Research Libraries, 72(1). Manasan, A.. (2012). CBC News: What parents can do to stop cyberbullying. Retrieved from: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/10/12/cyberbullying-strategies-parents-q-a.html Thomas, T. (n.d). 30 statistics about teens and social networking. Retrieved from: http://facebook- parental-controls-review.toptenreviews.com/30-statistics-about-teens-and-social-networking.html Unknown. (2012). CBC News: Cyberbullying-linked suicides rising, study says. Retrieved from: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2012/10/19/cyberbullying-suicide-study.html
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