This week I learnt that with the ever-expanding use of digital technology comes a lot of possibilities, however there are also security implications. Cyber bullying is a digital security breach that can affect anyone of any age, who is participating in online social media or uses digital devices.
Why is it that cyber bullying become so prevalent? What can we do to keep ourselves and our children safe from online bullies? Cyber bullying happens because the Internet is quite anonymous, can be hard to trace, and there is little supervision of kids in the cyber world. Personal details can be easily attained off social media profiles, and harassment can be ongoing and brutal, focusing on psychological abuse Wilde (2013, para. 3).
There are many ways to stay safe online, including:
- Limiting where personal information is posted and what is posted
- Changing privacy settings
- Document and report cyber bullying immediately
The attached link : Stay Safe Online – Cyber Bullying (2014), outlines these points further.
We must also ask, whose responsibility is it to do something about cyber bullies? As teachers we will need to educate students that change starts with them and their online actions. The below video, Delete Cyber Bullying, is a great start in showing us how we can become positive members of our online community and delete cyber bullying for good.
Delete Cyber Bullying. (2013). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfT2qqrqzgo
Stay Safe Online. (2014). National Cyber Security Alliance. Retrieved from www.staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/for-parents/cyberbulling-andharrassment
Wilde, M. (2013) The Truth About Cyber Bullying. Great Schools. Retrieved from http://www.greatschools.org/parenting/bullying/231-faq-about-cyberbullying.gs