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“ Schools and libraries must also certify that, as part of their Internet safety policy, they are educating minors about appropriate online behavior , including cyberbullying awareness and response and interacting with other individuals on social networking sites and in chat rooms .”
California Legislation Chavez Bill, AB 307 2006 Became the Ed Code section 51871.5 “ to educate pupils and teachers on the appropriate and ethical use of information technology in the classroom, Internet safety , avoiding plagiarism , the concept, purpose, and significance of a copyright …”
83% of teens (ages12-18) have cell phones
78% of these students with cell phones have sent text messages Relationship issues Cyberbullying cyberbullying Relationship issues
40% of teens have taken pictures with their cell phones Sexting sexting What can happen next? What can happen next?
Post pictures of victims without their consent
Pretend they are other people online to trick others
Spread lies and rumors about victims
Trick people into revealing personal information
Send or forward mean text messages
How are Teens Cyberbullied?
When teens were asked why they think others cyberbully,
81 % said that cyberbullies think it’s funny.
Other teens believe that kids who cyberbully …
Don’t think it’s a big deal
Don’t think about the consequences
Are encouraged by friends
Think everybody cyberbullies
Think they won’t get caught
How Students Perceive the Internet
20% of teens report that it is safe (i.e. “somewhat” or “very safe”) to share personal information on a public blog or networking site.
As well, 37% of 13- to 17-year-olds said they are “not very concerned” or “not at all concerned” about someone using information they’ve posted online in ways they don’t want.
39% of students trust people that they chat with online*
24% of students say they see nothing wrong chatting with a stranger*
10% of students have been asked to keep their Internet relationships a secret *
Teenage Research Unlimited. Teen Internet Safety Survey . National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Cox Communications, 2006. *iSAFE America Student Assessment, 2004
Characteristics of Youth who form Close Online Relationships
Ages 10 to 17
14% of youth - close online friendships and 2% reported online romances.
Girls were slightly more likely than boys - 16 and 12 %, respectively.
Girls aged 14 to 17 were about twice as likely
Girls - high parent-child conflict and being highly troubled
Boys - low communication with their parents, … reported that their parents were less likely to know where they were and who they were with
Escaping or Connecting? http://www.netsmartz.org/pdf/EscapingOrConnecting.pdf
Most teens are bullied and ‘harassed’ by there peers. Sexual Predators are not as prevalent as Dateline NBC would have you believe, but they are out there. Listen to Justin’s story
Online teens frequently communicate with people they have never met:
Nearly one third (30%) of online teens said that they have talked about meeting someone whom they’ve only met through the Internet.
28% of online teens said they use code words on a daily basis to hide online conversations from their parents (e.g. “PIR” means “parent in room”).
As educators what are our responsibilities?
District Responsibility to Protect
Against Inappropriate Content
Safe Internet environment
Filtering software [ Lightspeed ]
Ensure use of district provided safe search engines & databases by students.
Begin reviewing elements of Digital Citizenship with students using district provided curriculum.
Integrate these into the curriculum
Short video clips
5 minutes discussions
Teacher Librarian s
Integrate into collaborative lessons
Add Digital Citizenship component to planning guide
Add information to school or Library newsletter
Library Technicians Play short video at recess or lunch A short cyber-safety activity in place of reading a story.
Integrate into lessons
Partner with teachers finding cyber-safety resources
Resources Our PB wiki - csla2008.pbworks.com *** BrainPop – free video clips www.Brainpop.com Cyberbullying Research Center www.cyberbullying.us Netsmartz – works with Ad Council and Center for Missing /Exploited Children - netsmartz.org That’s not cool - thatsnotcool.com/