In the computer lab we learned about how to manage their online reputations, deal with issues such as cyberbullying, and conduct themselves safely online. We spent the majority of our time on cyberbullying this past week and will continue to talk more as we work our way through the Common Sense Media curriculum.
In class we looked at in-person bullying and cyberbullying and talked about how they are similar and different. It's pretty easy to see in-person bullying, but cyberbullying is harder to see since we use technology. Most of the time no one sees cyberbullying happen, so it's important to know what to do when it happens.
We also learned how to be an "upstander" instead of a "bystander" when it comes to bullying. Upstanders stand up to bullies and try to help their friends realize when they are being a bully in a polite manner.
This video is pretty helpful and a great way to start the discussion about cyberbullying.
Part of what we do is discuss the acronym "STOP" which stands for
- Step away from the computer
- Tell a trusted adult
- Only use ok sites
- Pause and think online
It's a great thing to discuss with students and help them learn the ins and outs of cyberbullying from an early age.
If you want more resources for digital citizenship week, check out Common Sense Media.