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When Bullying Goes Digital: What We Can Do about Cyber-Bullying
Transcript of When Bullying Goes Digital: What We Can Do about Cyber-Bullying
When Bullying Goes Digital
Artists Against Bullying
A Tragedy in Western Massachusetts That Resonated Around the World
“Cyberbullying is bullying through email, instant messaging (IM-ing), chat room exchanges, Web site posts, or digital messages or images send to a cellular phone or personal digital assistant (PDA) (Kowalski et al. 2008). Cyberbullying, like traditional bullying, involves an imbalance of power, aggression, and a negative action that is often repeated.” from Violence Prevention Works!
Punitive Fears (of victims)
Potential of Public Embarrassment
Viral Aspect (digital media)
Pew Internet Report:
Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Networking Sites
* Majority of teens have positive online experiences
* Some get caught in an online feedback loop of meanness and negative experiences.
* Majority of social media-using teens say their experience is that their peers are mostly kind
* Less positive experiences when compared with similar assessments from online adults.
* Girls ages 12-13 have the most negative assessment of social network spaces.
* 88% of social media-using teens have seen someone be mean or cruel on a social network site.
* 15% of social media-using teens have experienced someone being mean or cruel to them personally on a social network site.
* Fewer than one in ten teens report being bullied by phone, text, or online.
Personal Classroom Stories
* Webcomic Site (the unexpected comment)
* Facebook (the bad and the good)
* Survey your students to understand their experiences
* Explicit teaching of "netiquette" for online spaces
* Make cyberbulling part of a larger unit of learning around Digital Citizenship
* Engage parents and family members in discussions and activities
* Don't engage in scare tactics
Help Kids Find
A Way Out of
the Bullying Maze
Even home is no longer a safe zone!