Cyber Bullying #StopTheHate

Hi Everyone,

I was perusing through some blog posts that have been written and I have come across a contentious issue that both Missahunt and Tegan have blogged about. This issue is Cybersafety. Missahunt describes how

“bullying is a big problem in schools, and something that we, as teachers, must be aware of and actively educating our students about”

I remember when I was in school, each student received a personal laptop computer to use within class and at home. Before we were able to receive our laptops, we had to sign a legal document stating that we would ensure we were cyber safe at all times, and if we broke this contract our laptop was taken away from us – we would have had to hand write everything once more #cavemanstyle.

I agree with Missahunt where she states that it is:

“essential that students understand cyber bullying, as it is not something that can be seen by outside parties, and it is a form of bullying that students most often use outside of school.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself! I believe cyber bullying is as crucial or even more detrimental than physical bullying as you are open to the comments from people around the world and keyboard warriors are out there to cause harm to people.

Tegan also states that:

“It is essential for students to understand cyber bullying and ways in which they can deal with it.”

I believe that to overcome the effects cyber bullying can have on people, teachers must educate students on ways to deal with cyber bullying. This is more important than ever, as more and more students are connecting to the internet at a much earlier age, they are leaving themselves open to online predators.

This is a very powerful YouTube clip that uses a metaphor for cyberbullying as a virus to humans.

If you know someone, or have had to deal with cyber bullying previously, we must all advocate to stop this epidemic to ensure our friends and family are safe and supported.

These links can help if you know someone that is suffering from cyber bullying.

http://au.reachout.com/cyberbullying

http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/teens/how%20do%20i%20deal%20with/cyberbullying.aspx

 http://www.kidshelp.com.au/grownups/news-research/hot-topics/cyber-bullying.php

I hope everyone can take the time out of their day to say something nice to someone – you never know how much it can help!

Thanks for reading,

Brendan

Reference:

Brindetta, C. (2013). Cyberbullying [Iamge]. Retrieved Saturday, 2nd May, 2015, from http://www.slideshare.net/bl03cook/csis200-cyberbullying

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