There is a new, stronger emphasis on Technology in the classroom in the U.S.
Technology in the classroom provide students with an endless variety of learning tools
Increased use of technology in the classroom is vital to the future success of our students
Increased technology in the classroom had lead to new opportunities for bullying.
Half of public school principals (49%) report that bullying, name-calling, or harassment of students is a serious problem at their school. ( www.parentfurther.com )
64% of student’s bullied, do not report it. ( www.nces.ed.gov )
Hampers educator’s ability to recognize and react
"A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself.” (www.olweus.org)
This definition includes three important components:
1. Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions.
2. Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time.
3. Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength.
is done by sending messages, pictures, or information using electronic media, computers (email & instant messages), or cell phones (text messaging & voicemail). (www.thinkquest.org)
As the use of social networking sites and cell phones grow; so do attacks
Nearly 35% of kids have been threatened online and almost one in five have had it happen more than once.
Being ignored and disrespectful were the most common forms of cyber bullying.
About 75% have visited a Web site bashing another student
About 21% of kids have received mean or threatening e-mails.
The primary cyber bullying location where victimizing occurs, at 56%, is in chat Rooms.
About 58% of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. More than four out of ten say it has happened more than once.
Although little research has been conducted on Cyber Bullying; studies have found:
19% of regular Internet users between the ages of 10 and 17 reported being involved in online aggression.
15% had been aggressors
7% had been targets
3% were both aggressors and targets
In society the need teens to be accepted is greater then in any other time.
Social Networking site like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter allow bullying to take place around the clock. NOT JUST DURING SCHOOL HOURS
Teens no longer have a sanctuary from bullying and discrimination.
The most common result: Depression, Violence, Criminal Intent, and Suicide .
In 2010 alone, four cases regarding teen suicide as a result of cyber bullying have been brought to national attention.
Phoebe Prince (15 on left) of Massachusetts and Asher Brown (13 on right) of Texas both committed suicide as a result of bullying in 2010
Educate students on local cyber-bullying laws
Implore student to report it.
Written proof will help incriminate the aggressor
Only 30% of all cyber bullying victims report it.
Discuss with parents the different sites that will allow them to monitor their child’s online habits.
i.e. www.parental spy.com, www.parental-software.com
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey, 2007.
With technology becoming more and more present in our school, so does the ability to bully.
No longer are bullies stopping at 3 pm until the next day. Instead, children are bullied year round on social networking sites like Facbook, MySpace, and Twitter.
More research has to be done.
1. GLSEN and Harris Interactive, The Principal’s Perspective: School Safety, Bullying, and Harassment, A Survey of Public School Principals (New York: GLSEN, 2008).
2. NCES. (2009, December). Indicators of School Crime and Safety . Retrieved October 15, 2010, from US Department of Education.
3. Thinkquest. (2006, August). Internet Safety: Keeping it Real . Retrieved October 20, 2010
4. Olweus, D. (2003). What We Know, What We Can Do . Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Inc.