Technology is part of our everyday relationships, and it opens the door to technological relational abuse – cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is willful and repeated harm inflicted through the medium of electronic text. Research has shown cyberbullying is no less severe than traditional playground bullying and in many instances it is more psychologically harmful because there is no escape. Cyber-bullies are able to invade every facet of their victim’s existence, 24/7.
The concept of our homes and even our bedrooms being a safe haven no longer exists for many children.
Utilize the tools below to help your students and other technology users understand how dangerous cyber-bullying is and know how to effectively prevent and respond to it.
Cyber-bullying is more common than traditional face to face bullying. In an i-SAFE survey of 1,500 middle school students, it was reported that while online:
- 53% said hurtful or angry things to another person.
- 58% had someone say hurtful or angry things to them.
- 42% were bullied
Go to the Data and Surveys webpage to access more related data.
For more information, please review this Cyberbullying Parent Training hand out.
The Your Choice, Your Action, Your Life Public Service Announcements Videosand corresponding lesson plans. Students from Pompano Beach High School collaborated with Diversity, Cultural Outreach & Prevention to develop a series of PSAs designed to raise awareness and spark dialogue around issues related to bullying. Watch Videos
Common Sense Media: Common Sense is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. Thanks to key partners such as AT&T, we provide parents, teachers, and policymakers unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative free resource tools such as curriculum and videos to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in kids’ lives.
Broward County Teachers can find this year’s district activities as well as many others in the Prevention Program’s CAB Conference, on their CAB Desktop. Here is how to access them.
NetSmartz.org enables you to deliver comprehensive online safety education to parents, tweens, teens, and younger children with easy-to-use free Kits. As a program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, NetSmartz focuses on educating children about online and personal safety.
Net Cetera: guide, toolkit, videos and brochures encouraging students and parents to reduce online risks and stop cyberbullying
- provides students with information and strategies to prevent, recognize, and respond to bullying, cyberbullying, all types of child abuse, digital abuse, and other digital dangers
- teaches universal safety rules and strategies following recommendations of polyvictimization research
- easy to implement with just 2 classroom lessons (can be divided into 4 shorter lessons)
- to implement you must be a Certified Facilitator, online certification training can be completed in 2 hours – email [email protected] to request access
Cyberlife: What’s REALLY Happening Online? Reality Avenue’s “Cyberlife: What’s REALLY Happening Online?” is a BCPS video for students grades 6-12. Its goal is to educate and empower people to take control of their Internet experience and remain safe while online. Watch and utilize the discussion prompters and lessons to learn HOW to do just that. Watch Video Classroom ExercisesClassroom Exercises
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BEEP – for School District employees, the Discovery Health resource has innumerable videos, classroom exercises and lesson plans
Bullying Resources – the website created by the Canadian educator who first used the term cyberbullying.
FREE Prevention Resources: a list of materials and curriculum divided into the four strands of prevention.
iKeepSafe.org Teaches basic rules of Internet safety to children and parents, reaching them online and in school.
NetSmartz 411 Parents’ and guardians’ premier, online resource for answering questions about Internet safety, computers, and the Web
SafeFlorida.net, a Florida website dedicated to fighting Cybercrime and supporting Cyber Safety.
WebWiseKids.org Teaches children and their caregivers strategies for safe Internet use, including methods of detecting and deterring online predators
xblock.isafe.org The place created by iSafe for students to hang out, learn about cyber safety and share their online experiences with others