What is cyberbullying?
According to Kathryn DePaolis, & Anne Williford (2014), “Cyberbullying is defined as repeated negative and aggressive acts or behaviors through electronic media by an individual or group with the intent of causing harm or discomfort to an individual who finds it difficult to defend him or herself.”
Cyberbullying, the Digital Age version of the counterpart bullying is a repeated act that happens over and over again with some sort of malice. Cyberbullying and bullying are not one nasty remark, one shove in line, or one excessively insensitive post, but a pattern of behavior.
According to Charles Notar, Sharon Padgett, & Jessica Roden (2013) “cyberbullying has an effect on both teachers and those being cyberbullied.”
According to a survey conducted by the Cyberbullying Research Center (n.d.) of 5,700 students between the ages of 12 and 17 over a third of students had been cyberbullied.
A little over a quarter of the same students surveyed reported that there was more than two or more incidents of bullying against them in the past 30 days (Cyberbullying Research Center, n.d.)
According to C. Notar, S. Padgett, & J. Roden (2013) some programs make bullies think twice before continuing behaviors due to consequences.
Intervention is effective in schools if educators build a relationship with their students (Notar et al., 2013).
Schools, along with parents, are the best lines of defense in educating and preventing cyberbullying (Notar et al., 2013).
Creating a Prevention Plan
According to C. Reneau (2014) in an article published on the iste.org website A New Twist on Cyberbullying, edcuators should be "teach consequences, teach empathy, teach identity strength, and give students a voice."
For older high school-aged students it seems a more direct approach to consequences works better (Reneau, 2014).
According to ISTE Standards for Students (2016) part of indicators of a model digital citizen is to "engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behaviors when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices."
On that same note, teachers are to exhibit and model this behavior for their students (Standards for Teachers, 2008).