Category Archives: Educators

The 5 Faces Of Cyberbullying

In a recent study conducted by Ipsos Global, results showed that about 80% of South Africans are aware of cyberbullying and almost 3-quarters of South Africans believe that the anti-bullying tactics that are in place are not enough to combat cyberbullying. The sad truth is that no matter how hard parents try to control their children’s devices, there are always loopholes that make it almost impossible for them to do so. We believe that parents need to educate themselves and their children continuously to help protect against cyberbullying. Listed below are the ‘5 faces of cyberbullying’. These are the most common forms of cyberbullying acts we identify in South African schools during our training workshops. Being able to identify cyberbullying is the first step parents need to take to help educate themselves and their children: The use of false images, videos and messages to hurt or threaten someone else. Sometimes…

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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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