Doing Our Part to Promote Cyberbullying Prevention
Learning.com is proud to once again participate in Blue Shirt Day on Monday, October 1, 2018 to kick-off National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month. While we all wear blue shirts in public support of such an important event, this year we asked some of our team members to share their thoughts on the importance of cyberbullying prevention.
How can educators promote cyberbullying prevention and awareness?
Katie Turnbloom, Customer Support
Having an entire month dedicated to cyberbullying prevention is important because we all need a reminder to be nicer to one another—children, teenagers, and adults alike. When we think of cyberbullying prevention and being kind and respectful online, we can’t assume this is just geared towards students who may still be learning online (and in-person) etiquette and how to responsibly use technology—we all need the reminder that kindness and respect are our greatest allies.
Andrew Harrison, Senior Account Manager
There is a certain level of anonymity online that can lead to some nasty behavior. This can even be seen in the way adults interact in comment sections on social media sites today. When it comes to online behavior, it’s so important that we teach students early that their actions toward others online carry just as much weight as they do in person – and that we should be awesome to each other always!
Amber Awalt, Digital Literacy Advocate
We are responsible to teach students how to create a safe environment online, so that they can have the freedom to explore, learn, and create while uninhibited by abuse or fear.
Rick Martin, WebOps/ Systems Administrator
We cannot turn a blind eye to the fact that, in today’s world, the character of the individual extends beyond their location. We must teach our students their character matters, face-to-face or otherwise. Speak with an extended hand, not a closed fist.
How can parents be more engaged in cyberbullying prevention?
Jessica Lasher, Senior Account Executive
When I was in school, bullying was limited to the playground. With the prevalence of technology, devices, and social media, young people often have 24/7 access—which means if you are a victim of cyberbullying, there’s no escape and the audience is much larger. We need our young people to understand the impact of cyberbullying and what to do if they witness it happening. And, as parents, know what to look for if our children are participating in or are the victims of this behavior.
Mariah Howard, Product Manager
Bullying now extends well beyond the playground. It has become an increasingly alarming trend among today’s students, and the consequences can be devastating. It is our responsibility, as parents, educators, and members of a functioning social community, to stand up and prevent cyberbullying behavior. Recognizing the power technology offers, teaching empathy and respect for others, scaffolding appropriate techniques to respond and building character education are important strategies in dealing with cyberbullying and developing the essential life skills for our future leaders.
Sarah Trice, Human Resources Manager
Technology plays a big part in my middle schooler’s social life, so I want to make sure he has the skills and knowledge necessary to spot and stand up to cyberbullying. I want him to know that if he sees cyberbullying happening, then he needs to say something to me or his teachers. Education around cyberbullying is just one more way I can help keep my child safe in this world!
Learning.com is also offering a Cyberbullying Prevention Toolkit in support of National Bullying Prevention Month. Resources in the kit are for students in grades K-8 and include online safety lesson plans, a home and school checklist, a cyberbullying prevention guide, a classroom student pledge poster, and Be Kind Online stickers. Click here to download the kit.