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ERIC Number: EJ925537
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0192-592X
Confronting Cyberbullying
Levy, Peter
T.H.E. Journal, v38 n5 p25-27 May 2011
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, as schools first started getting widespread access to the internet, many administrators saw the potential in this new technology, but also huge risks and liabilities. While billions were being spent on hardware and connectivity, the mainstream media was fueling parental fears with stories of online predators waiting at every exit of the new information superhighway. The response from many schools was initially to teach internet safety in terms of protection from the two P's: (1) predators; and (2) pornography. Many experts now believe this was very much the wrong approach. Experts say that schools need to stop worrying about external internet predators and take on the threat within: cyberbullying. The author points out that the focus today should be on empowering kids to be good digital citizens. Groups such as Common Sense Media have in recent years helped to reframe the discussion in terms of the skills students need to live successful, technology-rich 21st century lives. Acquiring these proficiencies requires a positive and more holistic approach: how to protect personal information, interact in social forums, deal with cyberbullying, and critically judge online information are among these vital skills. In this article, the author discusses how to confront cyberbullying and offers guidelines in developing digital citizenship programs. The author presents a list of organizations and companies that offer educators and parents resources on teaching children about responsible internet use and behavior, including cyberbullying.
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Language: English
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