Category Archives: Educators

Back-2-School: Addressing Cyberbullying at School

Cyberbullying has become a significant issue as Juniors and Seniors are becoming progressively reliant on technology for both educational and social use. Many suggestions to combat cyberbullying are out there, but because of the complexity of this issue there will never be one size fits approach to cyberbullying. Although the subject of cyberbullying is still a taboo subject for some, many just choose to ignore it.  It is important that our schools address this matter so that pupils can have an idea of how they can protect themselves from becoming victims. The answer isn’t forbidding technology, say experts, so much as teaching kids right from wrong. As an Educator, you can be a powerful force in promoting a climate of respect. Educate yourself and be on the lookout for signs that cyberbullying is taking place, because you may be the trusted adult a student turns to for help. We need…

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Being the target of online abuse is not easy. If someone you know is being affected by online abuse, here are some ways that might help, or make the situation easier for them – Twitter Try to understand Just because the abuse is happening online, doesn’t make it any less real. If a friend or loved one seeks your help with an abusive online situation, listen to what they have to say and take their situation seriously.  Encourage them to get help While it’s important to be there for them, encourage them to get professional help, whether it be a counselor, therapist, lawyer, law enforcement, or other trusted individual. If you know the individual online-only, suggest they seek people offline they can talk with.  Don’t be a bystander If you see someone being abused online, don’t look the other way. While it can be tempting to retaliate against the abuser…

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Instagram partnered with Social Media and Education Expert Ana Homayoun, M.A., P.P.S., author of Social Media Wellness, to create a set of 10 questions Parents (and Educators) can use to guide a conversation with Teens about Instagram. Their intention is that these questions are used to learn more about how Teens are using Instagram, and to ensure they’re using the app in a positive way: What do you like about Instagram? What do you wish I knew about Instagram? How do likes and comments affect how you feel about a post? What are the top five Instagram accounts that you enjoy following? What are some things you think about before you post something on Instagram? If you have multiple Instagram accounts, what do you share in each account? Do you know your followers? (If your teen has a private account, ask them how they decide who follows them.) What do…

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