ISTE Standard 5: Where can students turn when they are being Cyberbullied??

ISTE Standard 5: Digital Citizenship

Question: When advocating for positive digital citizenship, what safeguards can schools take to help protect their students from cyberbullying?

Article: http://cyberbullying.us/setting-up-a-free-bullying-and-cyberbullying-reporting-system-with-google-voice/

Technology gives student’s anonymity and with being anonymous comes bravery. The previous ISTE standards have helped me to realize that technology can give shy students a voice; that they become more brave and autonomous when communicating online. This can be such a great feature but at the same time, it can give people the feeling of superiority cyber-bullyingand authority. According to Common Sense Education (2015), ‘students learn that cruelty can escalate quickly online because people are often anonymous and posts spread quickly.’ Cyberbullying has been in the headlines a lot of late. School aged suicides are becoming more and more common. There were 2 suicides related to the school I work at, just last year. It is our job as educators to teach positive digital citizenship and to also make sure that students have somewhere to turn when they need help.

This article if full of great information that can benefit all school districts! It teaches schools how to set up a Google Voice account that allows students to call or text when they feel that they, or someone else, is being [cyber] bullied or is in danger. Hinduja (2015) wrote, ‘we strongly believe that every school should have a system in place that allows students who experience or observe bullying or cyberbullying (or any inappropriate behavior) to report it in as confidential a manner as possible. It seems obvious that we should be using mediums that youth already prefer. In addition, being able to broach the subject without being forced to reveal one’s identity or do it face-to-face may prove valuable in alerting faculty and staff to harmful student experiences, and help promote an informed response to bring positive change.’ Schools are encouraged to hang posters, send out flyers, and use their automated school wide messaging system to make sure students know the Google Voice phone number. It is also important to make sure that students know that they can call anonymously for any reason and at any time, day or night.

Turn down the dial on cyberbullying and online cruelty. Common Sense Education.  (2015).         Retrieved from https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/turn-down-dial-          cyberbullying- and-online-cruelty-9-10

Hinduja, Sameer. (2015). Setting up a free bullying and cyberbullying reporting system with         Google voice. Cyberbullying Research Center. Retrieved from             https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/turn-down-dial-cyberbullying-and-online-cruelty-9-10

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5 thoughts on “ISTE Standard 5: Where can students turn when they are being Cyberbullied??

  1. ryderd1

    Hi Katie,
    Thanks for the great post. Cyberbullying is one of the most frightening things that children are now facing. The bullying that students endure is much more harsh, since the bully can hide behind the safety of their computer. When students are given this protective sheet, they tend to be meaner since they don’t have to face the student or their reaction. It is so important that students realize how serious cyberbullying is, that it is completely unacceptable, and the consequences that it may have. I love that schools are using Google Voice as a cyberbullying hotline. I hope that this helps students feel less isolated and prevents tragedies from occurring.
    -Carden

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    1. Kathryn Wright bPortfolio Post author

      Hi Carden,
      I too hope that the use of Google Voice in schools will help prevent future tragedies from occurring. When you are young, it’s scary to feel like you are ‘tattling’ on someone, when you suspect something dangerous is going on. Hopefully, being able to report suspicions of abuse anonymously will make students less afraid to make a report.

      Katie

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  2. foxs5

    Hi Katie,
    Very interesting blog post, good work! I agree with you that the internet and technology really can be a double edged sword. Students who are quiet, can feel more confident posting their opinions, but at the same time students can also use the anonymity of the internet in negative ways.

    Sarah

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    1. Kathryn Wright bPortfolio Post author

      Hi Sarah,
      Thanks for your comment. It really does surprise me how students do find their voice online. Personally, I tend to be more engaged in online discussions than in-person classroom discussions. I have no idea why that is the case. Maybe because I don’t have to see people’s reactions to my post and whether or not they are judging me? I am sure that many people feel that way.

      Katie

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  3. allymariec

    Hi Katie,

    I really liked what you focused on this week. I think cyber-bullying is a big problem that should be addressed and it related well to the ISTE Standard this week. It’s great that there is technology out there that can help students in these situations, these students just need to be educated about it. Thanks for the post!

    Allison

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