Electronic Bullying Awareness
For students, teachers, & parents
Come to our Family/Community Awareness Night on Thursday January 14th, 2016 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm to learn, share and ask questions regarding electronic bullying in our community!
Why is Electronic or Cyber bullying so common in the 21st Century?
How Electronic Bullying Affects Someone ...
Students must THINK before they post!!!
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Experiences of Electronic Bullying
“Some of the most vulnerable youth, those who had a history of being electronically victimized, were less likely than those who did not to seek relationship support from friends or adults if a bullying episode happened. They were more likely to report they deserved it, a sense of helplessness, and that it would not make a difference. This theme that the most vulnerable youth are less motivated and more self-blaming is concerning: those who require the most help or who are at risk for long-term problems associated with the electronic bullying are the least likely to seek support or believe that the support is effective. This is a significant problem that is a call for adults to have the knowledge to identify when youth are experiencing electronic bullying; to have the skills and strategies to effectively support them; to be able to change the peer norms to support the vulnerable youth; and to monitor and ensure that they are safe. It is also concerning that they feel less positive that the supports will be helpful. In a sense this is a call for action for adults and peers to be more effective in supporting youth” (Young Canadians’ Experience with Electronic Bullying, 2015, p. 24).
Intervening in Electronic Bullying
" Youth are addressing and intervening in mean comments and posts online. However, they are more likely to intervene if it is someone they have a close relationships with (e.g., family, close friend, dating partner) than if it is someone that they are not close with (e.g., a schoolmate, someone they do not know). Feeling safe and being respected is a basic human right that all individuals are entitled to. Developing empathy for others, particularly those who may be vulnerable, and the integrity to stand up for those rights for all may be a critical part of much-needed education for youth and adults" (Young Canadians' Experiences with Electronic Bullying, 2015, p. 22).
Adults can use the website found below to learn about proper intervention methods when helping students who are being electronically bullied.
Motivation for & Barriers to Intervening
“Adults need to be more active in empowering youth to address this issue by removing the perceived barriers and by increasing motivation to intervene. Educators also need to develop effective and transparent reporting systems for youth. Parents need to create a relationship climate where youth can report electronic bullying and parents need to continually monitor and check in with them to ensure that the problem has stopped and also to send a strong message that they are concerned and will work with them to find an effective solution” (Young Canadians’ Experiences with Electronic Bullying, 2015, p. 25).
Differences should be celebrated not ridiculed.
“Youth need to be empowered and fully involved in preventing and intervening in electronic bullying. They require specific education on effective strategies and how to support one another in addressing electronic bullying” (Young Canadians’ Experiences with Electronic Bullying, 2015, p. 25).
“Creating healthy relationships and relationships that respect diversity will ensure that the rights of all youth are respected and actively supported” (Young Canadians’ Experiences with Electronic Bullying, 2015, p. 25).
Think about your actions ...
Have you done this to someone else?
What would you to if this was a friend? a family member? an acquaintance?
How did/would this make you feel?
Let's Work Together to Put a Stop to Electronic Bullying!!!
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