Learning.com Goes “Blue” to Stomp Out Cyberbullying with Month-Long Campaign
Portland, Ore. – With cyberbullying becoming a growing concern for students, parents and educators, it is more important than ever for students to understand the importance of digital citizenship. To help prevent cyberbullying and work with educators to promote kindness online, employees of Portland-based education technology company, Learning.com, will participate in Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention™ on October 2nd, part of National Bullying Prevention Month.
Cyberbullying, defined as bullying that takes place using cell phones, computers, tablets, social media sites, text messages, chat and websites, is on the rise around the world. On Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention™, Learning.com joins numerous educational organizations who will come together and wear blue shirts in solidarity against bullying, cyberbullying and digital abuse in order to call attention to this global challenge.
“With cyberbullying on the rise and more ways for students to anonymously harass others using technology, learning digital citizenship skills are important for success in school and being a happy and successful person. It is vital to equip students with the skills they need to make good, safe choices online,” said Keith Oelrich, CEO of Learning.com. “We are excited to participate in this national movement against cyberbullying and look forward to working collaboratively with educators across the country as they help stop this growing epidemic.”
Today, Learning.com released a short video featuring employees showcasing five easy-to-remember cyberbullying prevention tips that educators can share with their students. Throughout October, Learning.com encourages educators to share their own cyberbullying prevention tips via social media using the hashtag #BeKindOnline for a chance to win a limited-edition shirt. In addition, Learning.com is offering complimentary educator-created online safety lesson plans for grades K-8 to help parents and educators prepare their students with digital citizenship skills.
On October 12, Learning.com will host a webinar, “Keeping Your Students Safe Online: The Toledo Model.” Ideal for elementary and middle school educators and administrators who already have online safety programs or are in the beginning stages of developing one, the webinar will spotlight the success of the online safety program implemented at Toledo Public Schools, Ohio. Presented by Shannon Bischoff and Amy Graver, the district’s technology facilitators, the webinar will feature unique insights and best practices for bringing online safety programs to a school or district. Other highlights include how to determine the necessary elements for online safety instruction, choosing a complementary standards-aligned curriculum, overcoming challenges, measuring success and implementing improvements throughout the process.
“We live in a world today where everything we do can be tracked,” said Bischoff. “Students need to be aware that the choices they make today can have an impact on their future and that there may be people out there who want to cause them harm. We need to teach them about online safety and how to make appropriate choices online.”
Founded in 1999, Learning.com currently partners with one in six school districts and serves five million students nationwide. Learning.com provides K-12 solutions to help students, teachers, and schools excel in a digital world. Districts equip their students with the technology and 21st century skills needed for success on online assessments, college, and the workforce using Learning.com’s digital literacy solutions. Learning.com’s digital content tools help districts build and share custom digital curriculum helping them meet their instructional goals, facilitate personalized learning, and address budget challenges. Through implementation services and professional development, Learning.com serves educators as they integrate technology and digital content into instruction.