“willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices”- Hinduja, 2014
- According to Baldry, Farrington, & Sorrentino (2016), students are at risk to cyberbullying as soon as they begin to use digital tools.
- There are estimates between 10-40% of youth have experience cyberbullying. This large range is due to evolving definitions of cyberbullying.
- Cyberbullying affects school attendance and academics
- Victims feel depressed, sad, angry, and frustrated
- Victims are afraid or embarrassed to go to school
- We need to prepare ourselves and our students to know how to deal with the cyberbullying issue
Cyberbullying can often slip through the cracks
All stakeholders need to be involved: kids, parents, educators, counselors, youth leaders and the community at large.
Know the Signs
- Unexpectedly stops using their device
- Appears nervous or jumpy when using devices
- Appears uneasy about being at school or outside
- Appears angry, depressed, or frustrated after texting, chatting, using social media, or gaming
- Becomes abnormally withdrawn
- Avoids discussions about their activities online
- Low self-esteem
- Academic problems
ISTE-S 5 Digital Citizenship
- Advocate & practice safe, legal, & responsible use of information & technology
- Exhibit a positive attitude towards using technology that supports collaboration, learning, & productivity
- Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning
- Exhibit leadership for digital citizenship
Promote Awareness with ongoing education and discussion on Bullying. Students should know they play a part if there school is a safe place or not. If students see or are aware of bullying they should so something about it.
Cultivate communication between students and staff. Staff should intentionally work to build an atmosphere of trust.
Learn student names, this is simple yet very powerful. Show kids you care about them.
Work with Stakeholders, get together with parents and others in the community to help support students using technology wisely.
Anonymous Reporting including drop boxes, online forms, or text messages.
Instill Hope, teachers should work to cultivate a strong sense of hope and positivity across school campus.
Build positive social norming. Promote the positive things students are doing. Highlight and commend acts of kindness.
Enlist Students to help empower the movement.
Stay current. Educators should continue to learn about new technology developments, and from of online misuse.