Cyberbullying Prevention: Encourage Students to Speak Up
One of the hottest topics today is bullying in our schools. In recent
years, bullying has extended its reach beyond the hallways and
after the bell rings. With modern technology – computers and cell phones
– students can now be bullied in the safety of their own home.
Cyberbullying refers to the use of digital tools, such as email or
instant messaging, to send or post text or images that have the effect
of intimidating, frightening, or embarrassing another person.
Here are some questions to spur discussion among your students:
- What do you think of when you hear the word “Cyberbullying?”
- How is Cyberbullying like being bullied in-person and how is it different?
- Do you know anyone who has been a victim of hurtful email messages or postings on a social networking site?
- What kinds of personal information should you NEVER provide online, without parental permission?
Remind your students that they are not alone when it comes to bullying
and they should seek help if they feel uncomfortable at anytime. The
White House Conference on Bullying Prevention last month featured President Obama sharing his personal experience of
being picked on when he was younger; students need to hear this. Teach
your students to be good digital citizens, to respect their peers - whether online or on the bus.
P.D. Tips courtesy of Atomic Learning