Cyberbullying: Sage Haltiwanger

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1. Definition: What Is Cyberbullying? Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else.

1.1. Warning Signs: Noticeable increases or decreases in device use, including texting.

1.2. A child exhibits emotional responses (laughter, anger, upset) to what is happening on their device.

1.3. A child hides their screen or device when others are near, and avoids discussion about what they are doing on their device.

1.4. Social media accounts are shut down or new ones appear.

1.5. A child starts to avoid social situations, even those that were enjoyed in the past.

1.6. A child becomes withdrawn or depressed, or loses interest in people and activities.

2. Consequences of Cyberbullying: When an individual is a target of cyberbullying, they have a higher tendency to abuse drugs and alcohol. In addition, they will probably suffer from emotional or physical issues and have low self esteem. Cyberbullying can also affect how a student does in school. A victim will often have poor grades or want to avoid even going to school.

2.1. In most states, school districts must also include policies that fight against bullying to be in compliance with current laws. Penalties for bullying will usually include a suspension for the child who was acting as a bully.What Are The Consequences Of Cyberbullying? - Encyclopedia.com

2.2. Federal and state lawmakers have had a difficult time stopping the activity of cyberbullying. Attempts to make it a criminal act have been thwarted many times. However, 14 states will impose criminal penalties if an individual is convicted of cyberbullying. These penalties can include fines that are as high as $2500 or jail time that lasts for a year.

3. Prevention: Notice – Recognize if there has been a change in mood or behavior and explore what the cause might be. Try to determine if these changes happen around a child’s use of their digital devices.

3.1. Talk – Ask questions to learn what is happening, how it started, and who is involved.

3.2. Document – Keep a record of what is happening and where. Take screenshots of harmful posts or content if possible. Most laws and policies note that bullying is a repeated behavior, so records help to document it.

3.3. Report – Most social media platforms and schools have clear policies and reporting processes. If a classmate is cyberbullying, report it the school. You can also contact app or social media platforms to report offensive content and have it removed. If a child has received physical threats, or if a potential crime or illegal behavior is occurring, report it to the police.

3.4. Support – Peers, mentors, and trusted adults can sometimes intervene publicly to positively influence a situation where negative or hurtful content posts about a child. Public Intervention can include posting positive comments about the person targeted with bullying to try to shift the conversation in a positive direction. It can also help to reach out to the child who is bullying and the target of the bullying to express your concern. If possible, try to determine if more professional support is needed for those involved, such as speaking with a guidance counselor or mental health professional.

4. Ideas for Lesson Plans

4.1. Discussion: How does this video impact you? What does this mean to you? Write or draw about this topic, what is something you wonder? What is something you notice?