Cyberbullying- Be the One to Make a Difference

Bullying is a real issue that can greatly affect the lives of those involved. With the increased use of technology, including mobile devices and social networking sites, cyberbullying has become an important bullying topic and nearly 50% of teens and adolescents report being cyberbullied (isafe.org).

Learning more about cyberbullying is important for students, parents, and educators. There are many resources available to help. Below are resources to help educate, take action, and report cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying can happen 24/7. There are steps to take when you or someone you know is being cyberbullied.

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Cyberbullying Resources

Stop Cyberbullying.org

Defines cyberbullying and discusses prevention, action steps, and the law related to cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying Research Center

Has resources for parents, students, and educators. Lots of great tangibles and activities about preventing and handling cyberbullying, as well as internet safety.

StompOutBullying.org

Discusses the different types of cyberbullying and explains what to do in different bullying situations. A help chat line is available for those being bullied. The site displays news and events about bullying as well as resources for parents and educators.

Stop!t Reporting System

A platform for reporting and managing different types of bullying behaviors within a school district or organization. A mobile app allows students to anonymously report bullying while also allowing them to seek help from their school or a crisis center if necessary. School administrators view incidents, alerts, and trends on the Stop!t dashboard.

What cyberbullying resources, programs, or activities have you successfully used in your classroom?

Sources:

i-SAFE Inc., “Cyber Bullying: Statistics and Tips” http://www.isafe.org/outreach/media/media_cyber_bullying

http://www.powtoon.com

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Digital Citizenship- Responsible Online Posts

Digital citizenship is an important topic to learn about in today’s digital world. One component of digital citizenship is responsible online sharing. Below are a few questions for students to ask before they share online. A PDF version is available as well.

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Before You Post…

Think it Over!

By: Michelle Reiser

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You just posted a picture of yourself online and are having regrets. All that is running through your head is, “What will my Grandma think?!?” You quickly delete the picture and hope no one viewed or re-posted it.

But did you know that with every click or share online you are creating your digital footprint? Your digital footprint contains the information you share online and what websites you visit. Even information you may have deleted can be part of your digital footprint, and has the potential to be retrieved again.

In order to avoid those after-post regrets, ask yourself a few questions about what you are sharing before you add to your digital footprint.

  • What are my privacy settings? Will strangers be able to access my posts and personal information?
  • How much personal information am I sharing with strangers, and do I want them to know where I am by tagging my location?
  • This post may be seen by my current and future friends, employers, and family. Is this how I want them to see me?
  • Do I have permission to post someone else’s picture or information?
  • Is what I am about to post based on fact?
  • Is this post based on kindness and respect for everyone?

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What do you teach your students about responsible online posting and sharing? Please comment below!