KIDS can do something about it
Why does it matter?
We talked with the kids about how mean words can never really go away on the Internet.
Explain cyberbullying a little more to me...
Most of the time when students go online it is to play fun games, learn more about a topic, or talk with others. But sometimes people can be mean to each other online and this is called cyberbullying.
Some examples include:
sending a mean email or IM to someone
posting mean things about someone on a website
making fun of someone in an online chat
- doing mean things to someone’s character in an online world like Club Penguin or WebKinz
Students use websites and social communication, and it is important for them to understand what words and actions can be hurtful on these sites. Think about what websites and activities your child participates in...
It's important for them to also know what kind of language they should use:
Positive, kind words.
Treat people the way you would like to be treated.
Think about how our characters felt!
Remember that what you say can be shared to many unintended others.
What students can do if they are cyberbullied:
*tell a trusted adult when they experience or witness bullying, such as parents, teachers, counselors, or grandparents
*stop using the computer (or the cyberbullying may continue or get worse)
How to Help Prevent Cyberbullying and Help Combat it!
*At home, discuss with your child about who they could talk to if they are being cyberbullied. Set a system in place, just like you would for a fire drill.
*Enforce the guideline that your child needs to keep you informed of what websites they are going on, and only talk to people they know.
*We discussed in class how mean words never really go away, and how quickly information can be shared. You could share with your kids how you are careful about what you say on the Internet, and why you would personally worry.