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ERIC Number: EJ913293
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Holladay, Jennifer
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v76 n5 p4-9 Jan 2011
The word "cyberbullying" didn't even exist a decade ago, yet the problem is pervasive today. Simply put, cyberbullying is the repeated use of technology to harass, humiliate, or threaten. When people take to the keyboard or cell phone and craft messages of hate or malice about a specific person, cyberbullying is emerging. And unlike traditional bullying, it comes with a wide audience. The notion that schools must respond to behavior that takes place off campus and online may seem a tall order. But schools are coming to understand that bullies don't just attack in the cafeteria or on the playground. Wherever kids go with their computers or phones, which is nearly everywhere, the bullies come with them. This article discusses cyberbullying and the pilot curriculum that the Seattle Public School District launched to prevent cyberbullying in junior high and middle schools. The district created its own resources rather than use off-the-shelf products, ensuring that the resources would be easy to use and integrate into existing curricula. Unlike many programs that address cyberbullying piecemeal--focusing only on Internet safety skills, for example--the Seattle curriculum attacked the entire problem by using the four most promising prevention practices: (1) Debunking misperceptions about digital behavior; (2) Building empathy and understanding; (3) Teaching online safety skills; and (4) Equipping young people with strategies to reject digital abuse in their lives. The Seattle curriculum recognizes the importance of parental engagement by offering take-home letters and activities. It also educates teachers about cyberbullying and introduces language they can share with students. (Contains 2 resources and 7 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington