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