Cyberbullying has far-reaching effects, learn how to prevent it.
Cyberbullying is a type of harassment that takes place either online, through social media, text messages, or via any other electronic platform. Unfortunately, technology makes it easy for the bullies to reach a larger audience, which amplifies the negative effects for the victim. Many times these bullies post their attacks anonymously, or through another account, so it can be difficult to figure out where exactly they are coming from. The good news is that although cyberbullying presents many problems, there are also many solutions to combat it.
Many of these solutions involve knowing the signs of cyberbullying, signs of victimization, and ways to respond. In the webinar, Cyberbullying: Recognizing, Preventing, and Responding to It, criminal justice instructor, Brent Maguire, goes into detail about different strategies for dealing with this major issue.
Some strategies include:
Talking to your students – Students are less likely to post jokes that can appear threatening if they know it can lead to serious consequences. Make sure your students know what the outcome of cyberbullying can be.
Pay Attention – You know your students. If one of your students seems depressed or anxious, particularly after using their phone or the internet, they might be a victim.
Know what to look for – Bullies often hide their screen or close programs once they are in sight, laugh excessively when using the computer, avoid discussion about computer use, and use multiple accounts. Again, you know your students, so if you sense they are acting strange consider looking further into it.
Cyberbullying is an issue that can occur anywhere. Educating yourself on it and becoming aware are the best ways you can help protect your students. For more ideas and resources on recognizing, preventing, and responding to cyber-bullying, check out a copy of the backchannel discussion from the live event.
Caution: You are about to enter the raw, unedited, unfiltered dialogue of what occurred between participants during the live Cyber-bullying presentation.
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SimpleK12 Webinar: Cyberbullying: Recognizing, Preventing, and Responding to It
Presented by: Brent Maguire
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