Cyberbullying Resources and Teaching Tips

by George Watson

Here's the video I showed during my Cyberbullying presentation. While this might not appear to be the most "scholarly" video on this topic, it may have more meaning to a middle or high school audience.


INTRODUCTION: According to the video, Cyberbullying is defined as "bullying through the use of technology."
50% of all high school students admit to being cyberbullied and 11% admit to being cyberstalked.(REFERENCE?)

TEN TEACHING TIPS (from the video)
1. guard contact information such as email address, phone number and full name
2. do not share passwords
3. assume digital communication is not private
4. log off when cyberbullying starts
5. leave one cease contact letter if necessary and save it
6. save all communication as evidence
7. contact local law enforcement if necessary
8. do not entertain gossip
9. tell parents or teacher
10. do not get involved with the bully

TIPS FOR TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS ON HOW TO AVOID BEING BULLIED YOURSELF
1. provide students with a lesson on cyberbullying
2. tell students not to share passwords
3. tell students to guard against posting addresses and phone numbers
4. tell students to log off if they feel bullying is starting
5. remind students "you can't be sure who you are talking to."

(HOW DO THESE FIVE TIPS HELP TEACHERS? SEEMS LIKE THEY TARGET STUDENTS??)