Those of us who are in the field of cyberbullying are trying to get a
handle on the issue of unbalanced news. We worked with Jan Hoffman on
this and her other article. She has promised that the last article will
focus on positive solutions.
You are absolutely right about the negative impact of this kind of
information on broadband and getting technologies into school. The FCC
report addressed the concerns associated with broadband adoption.
Twenty-four percent of people with broadband access strongly agree that
the Internet is too dangerous for children. Of those without broadband
access, 46 percent strongly agree that the Internet is too dangerous for
children. Note, this is "strongly agree" which means a healthy number
also likely selected "agree."
There are three major - and incorrect - myths about harm to young people
related to use of technology: 1 in 7 youth are sexually solicited by
sexual predators. Cyberbullying is at an epidemic level and causing many
teens to suicide. 1 in 5 teens has sent a nude image. NONE of these
myths are supported by the evidence. All of the research indicates that
the majority of young people are generally making good choices online
and effectively handling the negative situations that do occur. But,
yes, there are young people who are at greater risk.
The folks who are sending these fear-based messages are doing to so get
news attention and funding. They are doing more harm than good.
AND this is going to get much worse if we do not get a handle on it.
There is a new requirement to teach Internet safety. The vast majority
of the most frequently used Internet safety materials reinforces these
negative, fear-based messages. I-Safe, NetSmartz, WebWiseKids, IKeepSafe
- all funded by DOJ. None use effective risk prevention instructional
approaches. The far far far better materials are from Common Sense Media
- which is now working with CyberSmart.
In the last month, those of us who work in this field have found 2 new
video curriculum projects that were focused on the theme "don't
cyberbully, you could cause someone to suicide." Check this one out:
> Not only is this approach going to spread
the fear - this is totally contrary to effective suicide prevention.
Parry Aftab frequently also focuses on this message. This particular
video is so cheesy, the risk are less because students are just going to
laugh or be offended. But we are seeing more and more of this kind of
instructional material under development.
This is from Internet safety material from Roy Cooper, Attorney General
of North Carolina. "A child can get into serious trouble sitting in
front of a computer screen, right under your nose. The most important
thing a teacher can do when working with students who are using
computers is to PHYSICALLY MONITOR STUDENTS’ ONLINE ACTIVITY.
Your school’s door may be locked against intruders, but if your
computers aren’t properly secured and used safely, they can be an open
window to people who seek to exploit and harm young people. They can
threaten the safety of the children who have been placed in your care...
So let's try to expand web 2.0 in schools after this training session is
held. Not possible.
Julie Evans of Project Speak Up told me this: "In a focus group last
year students told me that they had better access to the Internet a few
years ago before their teachers were trained about Internet safety. The
students believe that their teachers are now not using the Internet
because of fear of liability if students stray into a bad area." Gee,
So here is what I am trying to do to help. Last month, I coordinated a
pre-conference workshop at the International Bullying Prevention
Association conference. This had 21 presenters - in 5 panels. We
discussed the concerns - but the overwhelming focus was on positive
approaches to address the concerns. This was video-taped. And as soon as
I come up for air, I will get the video-tapes online. The risk
prevention community also does not want these fear-based messages.
Because we know that they are entirely ineffective in preventing risk.
I am also finishing the manuscript for a book on teaching digital safety
and citizenship. This will present a positive approach to engaging youth
to address the real - not overhyped - concerns.
Bonnie, please feel free to forward this to the other groups you posted
your message to. I assume you are working at a high level with the STEM
folks. If they would even want to webinar on these issues - the
fear-myths, the realities, and how to proceed, I would be more than
happy to help with this.
Bonnie Bracey wrote:
> I have been involved in a lot of education related conferences in the
> months of October and November. One of the great things is to see that
> there is a technology plan that looks toward the future of online. One
> of the problems is , for many access to online because of the lack of
> broadband, and concerned about Cyberbullying. It is a threat to the
> hopr of transformational change in that decisions about the use of
> technology are made based on the fear of Cyberbullying. How can we
> change the conversation to positive methodologies? Good Practice?
> After attending a great conference about wireless as a solution to the
> digital divide with mobile tools bridging the gap, I was plunged into
> the digital dark road where cell phones are prohibited, and the
> Internet is seen as a threat, Even sadder in many of the places the
> libraries are the only point of access and budgets are shutting this
> one area of community down. This is a reflection on the understanding
> of the communities of practice in education.
> I have friends who let me demonstrate and share in places of need what
> the possibilities are. But the places of need are many. How should we
> help , what cane we all do? What examples of positive evaluation and
> transformation can you share?
> This requires your attention. Please help share your ideas.
> Bonnie Bracey Sutton
> We can point to good practices, and things that work instead of
> creating hysteria. Positive methodology works.
> Here are references from the New York TImes.
> Cyberbullying is an imprecise label for online activities ranging from
> barrages of teasing texts to sexually harassing group sites. The
> extent of the phenomenon is hard to quantify. But one 2010 study by
> the Cyberbullying Research Center, an organization founded by two
> criminologists who defined bullying as "willful and repeated harm”
> inflicted through phones and computers, said one in five middle-school
> students had been affected
> Its amorphous nature and the rapidly changing technological landscape
> have made it difficult for schools and even the courts to address the
> cyberbullying. Few families in Long Island, for instance, were aware
> of Formspring, a site where users invite anonymous questions or
> comments, until after the March 2010 suicide of a 17-year-old West
> Islip soccer player who had received many nasty messages.
> Juicy Campus, a college gossip site, caused so much grief that some
> colleges blocked it, and some state attorneys general began
> consumer-protection investigations. The site shut down last year. And
> text messages remain a constant source of complaints, particularly now
> that the widespread use of camera phones has led to "sexting'' --
> sending texts with nude pictures attached.
> Unlike face-to-face bullying, inappropriate behavior online can be
> spread instantly everywhere. In September 2010, a freshman at Rutgers
> University died in an apparent suicide after his roommate secretly
> filmed him in an intimate encounter and then streamed the video over
> the Internet. His roommate and another classmate were charged with two
> counts of invasion of privacy for using “the camera to view and
> transmit a live image.”
> The news of the death came on the same day that Rutgers kicked off a
> two-year, campuswide project to teach the importance of civility, with
> special attention to the use and abuse of new technology.
> ARTICLES ABOUT CYBERBULLYING
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> Parents Struggle With Cyberbullying
> By JAN HOFFMAN
> Parents trying to protect their children from Internet bullying are
> scrambling to catch up with the technological sophistication of the
> next generation.
> December 4, 2010
> MORE ON CYBERBULLYING AND: PARENTING, BULLIES, CHILDREN AND YOUTH,
> TEXT MESSAGING, FAMILIES AND FAMILY LIFE, COMPUTERS AND THE INTERNET,
> SOCIAL NETWORKING (INTERNET), POLICE, TEENAGERS AND ADOLESCENCE,
> Cyberbullying: What Parents Can Do
> By JAN HOFFMAN
> Suggestions for parents whose child becomes entangled in an online
> December 4, 2010
> MORE ON CYBERBULLYING AND: PARENTING, BULLIES, CHILDREN AND YOUTH,
> COMPUTERS AND THE INTERNET
> Fighting Bullying With Babies
> By DAVID BORNSTEIN
> A group that brings infants into classrooms to teach empathy has
> produced sharp drops in bullying.
> November 09, 2010
> MORE ON CYBERBULLYING AND: BABIES, BULLIES, CHILDREN AND
> YOUTH,EDUCATION (K-12), EMOTIONS, PARENTING, CLEMENTI, TYLER
> 2 Linked to Suicide Case Withdraw From Rutgers
> By SAM DOLNICK; SERGE F. KOVALESKI CONTRIBUTED REPORTING.
> Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei face invasion of privacy charges in the
> aftermath of the death of Tyler Clementi, who was a fellow freshman.
> October 30, 2010
> MORE ON CYBERBULLYING AND: COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, SUICIDES AND
> SUICIDE ATTEMPTS, COMPUTERS AND THE INTERNET, PRIVACY,HOMOSEXUALITY,
> PLAINSBORO (NJ), TWITTER, RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY,
> WEI, MOLLY, RAVI, DHARUN, CLEMENTI, TYLER
> ‘It Gets Better’ Offers Hope and Help to Gay Youth
> By BRIAN STELTER
> Thousands of people have posted personal testimonies to YouTube in an
> online campaign titled “It Gets Better” that coincides with a rash of
> recent news stories about bullying and suicides.
> October 19, 2010
> MORE ON CYBERBULLYING AND: BULLIES, TEENAGERS AND ADOLESCENCE,SUICIDES
> AND SUICIDE ATTEMPTS, COMPUTERS AND THE INTERNET,HOMOSEXUALITY,
> YOUTUBE.COM, SAVAGE, DAN
> Little Brother Is Watching
> By WALTER KIRN
> In the Web era, we are eroding our privacy all by ourselves.
> October 17, 2010
> MORE ON CYBERBULLYING AND: RECORDINGS AND DOWNLOADS (VIDEO), COMPUTERS
> AND THE INTERNET, PRIVACY,YOUTUBE.COM, RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY
> OF NEW JERSEY,GOOGLE INC, CLEMENTI, TYLER
> Mean-Girl Bullying Trickles Down to Grade School
> By PAMELA PAUL
> Mean-girl bullying used to set in over fifth-grade sleepover parties,
> but now the warfare increasingly permeates the early elementary school
> October 10, 2010
> MORE ON CYBERBULLYING AND: BULLIES, CHILDREN AND YOUTH,PSYCHOLOGY AND
> Teenage Suicides Spur Reflections on Gay Harassment
> By SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN
> The recent suicides of gay teenagers have mobilized liberal Christian
> and Jewish clergy into addressing issues of harassment and tolerance.
> October 9, 2010
> MORE ON CYBERBULLYING AND: RELIGION AND BELIEF, SUICIDES AND SUICIDE
> ATTEMPTS, HOMOSEXUALITY, CLEMENTI, TYLER
> For Gay Youth, a Hopeful Message With Questions
> By SUSAN DOMINUS
> Amid discrimination, young gay teenagers turn to community and get
> glimpses of a better adulthood.
> October 9, 2010
> MORE ON CYBERBULLYING AND: DISCRIMINATION, SUICIDES AND SUICIDE
> ATTEMPTS, HOMOSEXUALITY, YOUTUBE.COM, GUNN, TIMOTHY M, SAVAGE, DAN,
> CLEMENTI, TYLER
> Tributes to Student Suicide Victim at Hometown Forum
> By LISA W. FODERARO
> Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers student whose death has prompted pleas
> against bullying and anti-gay discrimination, was remembered on
> Thursday in Ridgewood, N.J.
> October 8, 2010
> MORE ON CYBERBULLYING AND: BULLIES, DISCRIMINATION, SUICIDES AND
> SUICIDE ATTEMPTS, HATE CRIMES, COMPUTERS AND THE INTERNET,PRIVACY,
> HOMOSEXUALITY, RIDGEWOOD (NJ), RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW
> JERSEY, WEI, MOLLY, RAVI, DHARUN, CLEMENTI, TYLER
> Suicides Put Light on Pressures of Gay Teenagers
> By JESSE MCKINLEY; IAN LOVETT CONTRIBUTED REPORTING FROM TEHACHAPI, CALIF.
> The case of Tyler Clementi is one of several recent suicides by young
> gay men who were harassed.
> October 4, 2010
> MORE ON CYBERBULLYING AND: TEENAGERS AND ADOLESCENCE, SUICIDES AND
> SUICIDE ATTEMPTS, HOMOSEXUALITY, CLEMENTI, TYLER
> Bullying, Suicide, Punishment
> By JOHN SCHWARTZ
> The death of a Rutgers freshman raises questions about online freedom
> and assigning blame.
> October 3, 2010
> MORE ON CYBERBULLYING AND: BULLIES, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES,
> SUICIDES AND SUICIDE ATTEMPTS, COMPUTERS AND THE INTERNET, PRIVACY,
> HOMOSEXUALITY, CLEMENTI, TYLER
> Debate Over Charges in Rutgers Student’s Suicide
> By WINNIE HU; NATE SCHWEBER CONTRIBUTED REPORTING.
> The authorities have charged two students with invasion of privacy in
> connection with the death of Tyler Clementi, and are considering
> pressing hate-crime charges.
> October 2, 2010
> MORE ON CYBERBULLYING AND: SUICIDES AND SUICIDE ATTEMPTS, CRIME AND
> CRIMINALS, HATE CRIMES, COMPUTERS AND THE INTERNET,HOMOSEXUALITY,
> RIDGEWOOD (NJ), PLAINSBORO (NJ), NEW BRUNSWICK (NJ),TWITTER, RUTGERS,
> THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY, WEI, MOLLY,RAVI, DHARUN, CLEMENTI,
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D.
Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
Resources for Cyber Savvy Schools:
Cyber-Secure Schools in a Web 2.0 World
Cyberbullying, Cyberthreats & Sexting
Cyber Savvy Teachers: Internet Safety Education