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ERIC Number: EJ930761
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1066-2847
Cyberbullying
Holladay, Jennifer
Teaching Tolerance, n38 p42-46 Fall 2010
Cyberbullying is the repeated use of technology to harass, humiliate, or threaten. Unlike most types of traditional bullying, it comes with a wide audience. Anywhere from one-third to one-half of youths have been targeted by cyberbullies, and those experiences produce damaging consequences--everything from a decline in academic performance to thoughts about suicide. The Seattle Public School District took a proactive stance last year when it launched a pilot curriculum to prevent cyberbullying in its junior high and middle schools. Unlike many programs that address cyberbullying piecemeal--focusing only on Internet safety skills, for example--the Seattle curriculum attacked the entire problem. It did this 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 also recognizes the importance of parental engagement by offering take-home letters and activities. The curriculum also educates teachers about cyberbullying and introduces a language they can share with their students. The new curriculum hasn't been a total remedy for Seattle's schools. In January, one middle school suspended two dozen students who "friended" or became "fans" of a Facebook page maligning another child. It was a reminder that, despite the best efforts, a school's struggle against cyberbullying never ends. (Contains 2 resources and 7 online resources.)
Southern Poverty Law Center. 400 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104. Tel: 334-956-8200; Fax: 334-956-8484; Web site: http://www.tolerance.org/teach/magazine/index.jsp
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