Digital Citizenship

Cyberbullying and Internet Safety

Digital Citizenship

Educators, parents, and students need need to be aware of what they are putting out there on the internet. Once you post something or say something it is out there for the world to see and there is really no way of taking it back. Technology is becoming a major force in education and in society. Technology is driving education forward into a different age. Where children are able to connect with others, be more interactive, and are able to take charge of their own education. For parents and educators it is much easier to connect with each other whether it is through a class website, or email there are now so many more options that make communication easy for all people involved. There are numerous websites that can help you learn how to guard your privacy and protect your reputation. One in particular that I found that was helpful for students was on the Big Help website discussing Digital Citizenship.
Digital Citizenship - Who Will You Be?

Cyberbullying

With the growth of technology Cyberbullying has become a larger problem. Cyberbullying is putting someone down or harassing someone through computers, cell phones, and through numerous websites that are available. Children bully in order to feel like they have some power or maybe to escape their own problems by directing the attention onto someone else. Cyberbullying Toolkit is a neat website that gives lessons and has a great video on cyberbullying and how you, as a teacher, can help. The lesson allows student to learn tips and what to do if they are being cyberbullied.

What is Cyberbullying? How to Prevent it?

"Cyberbullying is where one child targets another child using interactive technologies"(STOP Cyberbullying). "It follows them anywhere they use their cellphones or the internet"(STOP Cyberbullying). In order to prevent it parents must be involved in their children's lives. It is crucial for parents to be able to know when something is wrong with their child. On Stop Cyberbullying they suggest another way to prevent cyberbullying is to make students aware of the consequences of cyberbullying. We need to teach kids to respect others and teach them to take a stand against cyberbullying. Schools can work with parents to prevent cyberbullying and them to see what they need to look for. Schools are responsible for the well being of their students while at school and if cyberbullying affects their learning then it is a problem that needs to be resolved.
Disney's Friends for Change - Stand Up Against Cyber Bullying [HD]

Take a Stand!

On the Stop Cyberbullying website they had a section devoted to taking a stand against cyberbullying.

I loved the Stop, Block, and Tell!

If you are targeted by a cyberbully:

  • STOP!
    Don't do anything. Take 5! to calm down.
  • Block!
    Block the cyberbully or limit all communications to those on your buddy list.
  • and Tell!
    Tell a trusted adult, you don't have to face this alone.
    Report cyberbullying to wiredsafety.org


A very important step in this process it to stop and take a break. It is important for students to step back, take a deep breath, and cool down. They do not want to approach someone or respond too quickly when they are still angry. If they do write something or say something when they are aggravated then they are more likely to write something they will regret. So remember to Take 5!


Think Time: How Does Cyberbullying Affect You?

Internet Safety

On kidshealth.org they have section where kids can go to learn how to practice safe cyberspace surfing. They say it comes down to three main things or key points:
-1. No talking to strangers
-2. Keep your privacy
-3. If you have a bad feeling about something don't be afraid to reach out to your parents or an adult you trust

It is so important to make sure kids know that there are people out there whose main goal is to take advantage of young children. Children need to have their guards up and if something seems fishy or not right they need to tell an adult they trust immediately.

Internet Safety Tips for Elementary Students!

From the Common Sense Media website they have a section devoted to internet safety tips for Elementary Students that is very useful.
Common Sense Media gives five internet safety basics for children.


Internet Safety Basics

Help your kids understand that they should:

  • Never share their names, schools, ages, phone numbers, or addresses;
  • Never send pictures to strangers;
  • Keep passwords private (except to parents);
  • Never open email from strangers – it may contain viruses that can harm a computer; and
  • Immediately tell an adult if something mean or creepy happens.

Works Cited

"Internet Safety Tips for Elementary School Kids." Reviews and Ratings for Family
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Media, n.d. Web. 18 Oct. 2012. <http://www.commonsensemedia.org/advice-
for-parents/internet-safety-tips-elementary-school-kids>.

"KidsHealth." Safe Cyberspace Surfing. The Nemours Foundation, n.d. Web. 18 Oct.
2012. <http://kidshealth.org/kid/watch/house
/internet_safety.html?tracking=K_RelatedArticle>.

"Standing Up, Not Standing By:." Cyberbullying Toolkit. Commen Sense Media, n.d.
Web. 18 Oct. 2012. <http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators
/cyberbullying-toolkit>.

"STOP Cyberbullying: Stop, Block and Tell." STOP Cyberbullying: Stop, Block and Tell.
Wired Kids, n.d. Web. 18 Oct. 2012. <http://www.stopcyberbullying.org
/take_action/stop_block_and_tell.html>.

"10 Rules of the Road." Digital Citizen Hub. Commen Sense Media and Nickelodeon,
n.d. Web. 18 Oct. 2012. <http://www.nick.com/thebighelp/digital-citizen-
hub-page.html>.