1 January 2013

Cyber-bullying and Learning

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Bullying may be regarded, by some, as part of the school ground learning experience. However, with today's access to digital technology, bullying has gone much further than school gates. Cyber-bullying is real and in many cases, lethal. 

Shifting the blame to social media and banning social media in schools is not the answer; that is merely a knee-jerk reaction to a situation which needs addressing. 

Digital Learning Day will be celebrated on 6th February this year and, among other digital issues, should also address cyber-bullying. If educators wish to educate a digital population, to help guide digital citizens of today and tomorrow, then undoubtedly, cyber-bullying needs to be openly discussed in the classroom. 

Consider the following:

The Truth About Bullying
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Just as issues such as plagiarism and copyright are dealt with in class, so too should the consequences of cyber-bullying be raised. 

It is not simple for victims - whether male or female - to speak up. Yet to be in a situation where they do not communicate what is happening to them, will only increase the solitude and suffering of the one who is being bullied. Cyber-bullying is more acute than mere name calling on the school playground; in today's world, it may be a 24-hour harassment. 

What can you do to prevent cyber-bullying this year?

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