Digital Citizenship Action Plan Bethany Meadows Submitted February 19, 2012
Digital Citizenship OverviewO Millennials (our students) leading the way with technology useO Digital citizenship: responsible and appropriate use of technology to more effectively participate in societyO Task to enable students to make responsible digital choices falls on EVERYONE’S shoulders!
The IssueO Cyberbullying (hurting, embarrassing another student/group) is prevalent in our schoolO 43 percent of teens have been cyberbullied in some format (NCPC)O According to Pew, 95 percent of all U.S. teens aged 12-17 are using the Internet.O In one month, one percent of discipline referrals involve cyberbullying on school grounds
Goal - SummativeIn one school year, reducediscipline referralsinvolving cyberbullying tofive (currently, about 45)
Goals - FormativeO Goal 2: Create two seminars for teachersO Goal 3: Implement year-long digital responsibility unitO Goal 4: Increase adult volunteer presenceO Goal 5: Increase student response scores on questionnaire
Teacher SeminarsSEMINAR 1 (Teacher Workday, Aug. 2012)O Introduction to cyberbullyingO Presentation by Dr. Jenny Walker, expertO Starting materials distributed (educator’s guide, student survey)SEMINAR 2 (Teacher Workday, Jan. 2012)O Focusing on implementation of prevention in the classroomO Presentation by Scott Johnson, parent of student who was cyberbulliedO Gauge progress and motivation on prevention
Designing digital responsibility unitO Year-long in homeroom; required to receive diplomaO Curriculum includes pre-tests, blog creation, an interview, viewing of documentary, and interaction with guest speakerO As end-of-unit assessment, students will create a 1-minute public service announcement video to discuss dangers of cyberbullying
Increase parent/adult volunteer numbersO Parent/adult visibility in and out of school is paramount!!!O Currently 8 parent volunteers; goal to have 16O Mailing/e-mailing information homeO Callout meeting for volunteersO Free background checksO Placement in main office, classrooms, computer labs and locker rooms
Increase student response scoresO Adding a data-centered componentO Students given a copy of questionnaire; questions ask about background knowledge of and personal experience with cyberbullyingO Confidentiality stressedO More background knowledge results and less experience with cyberbullying = higher scoresO Data will be used to modify the existing action plan for the following school year
ConclusionO Cyberbullying is a fairly new phenomenon but becoming a crisis in America’s schoolsO Adolescents’ need to belong and conform coupled with the use of technology like computers and mobile-equipped cell phones is creating the problemO We hope to accomplish our summative goal of cyberbullying reduction by the end of the 2012-13 school year.
ResourcesO Lenhart, A., Madden, M., Smith, A., Purcell, K., Zickuhr, K., & Rainie, L. (2011, November 9). Teens, kindness and cruelty on social network sites. Pew Researchs Internet & American Life Project. Retrieved February 18, 2012, from http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2011/Teens-and- social-media.aspxO Stop cyberbullying before it starts. (2007). National Council on Crime Prevention. Retrieved February 16, 2012, from http://www.ncpc.org/resources/files/pdf/bullying/cyberbullying.pdfO Walker, J. (n.d.) Home page. Cyberbullying News. Retrieved February 16, 2012, from http://www.cyberbullyingnews.comO Willard, N. (2007, January 18). Educators guide to cyberbullying, cyberthreats and sexting. Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use. Retrieved February 18, 2012, from http://csriu.org/cyberbully/documents/educatorsguide.pdfO Lets Fight it Together [Online video] (2007). Retrieved February 18, 2012, from http://old.digizen.org/cyberbullying/film.aspxO A parents guide to cyberbullying. (n.d.) StopCyberbullying.org. Retrieved February 17, 2012, from http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/flash/aparentsguidetocyberbullying.htmlO Smith, P., Mahdavi, J., Carvalho, M., & Tippett, N. (2006, January). An investigation into cyberbullying, its forms, awareness and impact, and the relationship between age and gender in cyberbullyin. Anti-BullyingAlliance.org.uk. Retrieved February 18, 2012, from http://www.anti- bullyingalliance.org.uk/pdf/CyberbullyingreportFINAL230106.pdf