Cyberbullying Prevention Tips
October is National Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention Awareness Month. Learning.com proudly supports this important cause as it is one very close to our hearts.
A great concern to those of us creating, working in, and teaching technology is how we can help make the internet a safer and better place for all—especially children and young people. While we work hard to support educators with a positive, researched-based curriculum that offers a rich exploration of digital citizenship topics, the youth cyberbullying statistics we continuously run across are dramatic and worrisome.
Startling Cyberbullying Statistics
Over recent years, research of the cyberbullying problem reveals percentages of children who have experienced cyberbullying at some point in their lifetimes have nearly doubled (18% to 34%) from 2007 to 2016. Despite significant efforts to discourage it, the number of occurrences continues to grow with 87% of youth having witnessed cyberbullying in action, yet the National Crime Prevention Council suggests only a low 11% of teens have talked to their parents about incidents of cyberbullying.
A Safer Digital World
While digital citizenship and online safety have long been areas where Learning.com has contributed resources such as videos, trainings, lesson plans, and webinars, we realize that talking about cyberbullying in the classroom can be challenging and complex. Here are some easy to remember guidelines to share with your students.
- Pause Before You Post
Be kind and smart about what you post or write online to others. Do not share anything that could hurt or embarrass yourself or others.
- Use Computer Courtesy
Whether a person is sending an email, in a chat room or speaking in a forum, it is important to be courteous and respectful of others when you are online. Internet users of all ages should observe the golden rule: treat others as you want to be treated.
- Not Sharing Is Caring
Keep passwords safe, and don’t share them with friends. Sharing passwords can compromise personal control over our online identities and activities. Also, be sure to log out of all accounts when you are through. That way, no one can access your info.
- Speak Out & Reach Out
If you see friends or classmates engaging in cyberbullying, seek help from an adult or teacher. Reach out to the victim of cyberbullying and offer your support. Showing kindness online may be just what they need to overcome the problem.
We hope that you and your students join us in working towards a world without cyberbullying.
To learn more about Learning.com’s Online Safety curriculum, which helps teachers take on challenging topics with a research-based, grade-appropriate, and positive approach, click here.