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2010-05-04 We Are The Network: How Should We Deal with Cyber-Bullying?

May 1st, 2010

How Should We Deal with Cyber-Bullying?

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This Week’s Topic

How Should We Deal with Cyber-Bullying?

Bullying has become a consistent concern of school administrators, teachers and parents. What is the best preventive approach and response to cyber-bullying? This week, we’ll discuss how we should handle and respond to cyber-bullying.

On one end of the spectrum, a middle school principal recently sent a strongly worded email to parents directing them (not asking – directing) to remove their childrens’ social media accounts, to install monitoring tools, and to monitor their txt messages.

At the other extreme, some take the position that the genie is out of the bottle, and we should educate kids while not using direct control to manage their use of communications tools.

I wrote a post about a related topic in January “The Mobile Invisibility Cloak of Today’s Internet-Enabled Kids,” and when I heard about the principal’s email mentioned above I thought it might be  time for us to talk about this issue head-on.

Does technology create cyber-bullying? Will controlling technology stop it? What approach should we use to prevent cyber-bullying, and what should we do when it is discovered? Which strategies will instill the most useful skills and beliefs in our children for their future?

Join us Tuesday at 12PM noon U.S. Pacific / 3pm U.S. Eastern time for an interactive discussion, and thanks for being part of “We Are The Network”!

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Best regards,


Reading links below – have fun and see you soon!

Principal Asks Parents to Ban Facebook, Social Networking (Huffington Post)

The Mobile Invisibility Cloak of Today’s Internet-Enabled Kids

Bullying Bill gets Senate Stamp of Approval


CyberBullying Research Center

Is Cyberbullying SImply an Expression of Free Speech?

Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use

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