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The 2010 survey done by the Cyberbullying Research Center indicates that over 20% of students from 4th through 12th grade have been victims of cyberbullying.
Over three quarters of the nation’s teens admit that they have little to no parental supervision while online. And 81% of polled teens admit their feeling that cyberbullying is “funny” to do.
And it’s not just high school and middle school kids: elementary students are being increasingly bullied by their peers. Students are exposed to social sites and online interactions at earlier and earlier ages and the increase in bullying is seen not only in the classroom but online as well.
Unfortunately, since anti-bullying programs target upper elementary and middle school levels, the youngest students are often confused about what is — and what is not — bullying.
TEACHING TIP: Establish a task force at your school to deal with issues of bullying and cyberbullying, When an incident comes to the school’s attention, the team meets with the children involved, reviews what occurred, and makes recommendations for change including disciplinary action if needed.
Bullying laws have been in eefect for years in most states but unfortunately, cyberbullying is slow to catch up, with only 15 states currently including it as a punishable offense on its own.
Parents, teachers and community leaders must give children tools to help them protect themselves.
One of the best ways to do that is to share examples of inappropriate incidents that can happen online. Role-playing is by far the most effective way to address the problem, especially in elementary grades where students need concrete examples and hands-on learning.
In the classroom, encourage students to come up with ideas for actions that would qualify as inappropriate. Do a short skit with the class. Sometimes hearing and seeing concrete examples from their friends and classmates can be more effective than anything else.
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From the Anti-Defamation League: http://www.adl.org/education/curriculum_connections/cyberbullying/Elementary%20Handouts.pdf?roi=echo3-13754072808-10217543-5dac5ecbcf50b0f96d2f4496d177e0d5&utm_source=bluehornet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EML10000527
From Common Sense Media: http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/cyberbullying-toolkit?roi=echo3-13754072808-10217544-570c2ffaf91ea4796af24b27f529f416&utm_source=bluehornet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EML10000527
For the entire report from the Cyberbullying Research Center: http://www.cyberbullying.us/research.php?roi=echo3-13754072808-10217536-7b1cd383c0a6efc5e86065a7ea3508c4&utm_source=bluehornet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EML10000527
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