As an overall comment, I would really like to reframe our initiatives not as anti-bullying--or in my field fighting cyberbullying--but laying the foundations for the social contract we expect in the real world to translate to the cyber one--cybercivics?
PJ Paulson ... do you have links to these grassroots movements ?
We are also looking for schools who would like to bring Beyond the Hurt: Bullying Prevention Programming to their schools.
Julia ... I think that's one of the biggest issues we're facing. The way people behave when "hidden" behind their cyber presence is usually much different from who they are "in person" or "face to face".
We need those to be mirror images ...not opposite!
I am trying to knit together some of the districts with whom I've worked to build a Digital Citizenship working group--or think tank--that might generate some BC friendly draft curriculum around digital literacies, digital citizenship, digital ethics and digital safety. If you're interested let me know and I'll try to push it forward a bit more. I was thinking of trying to run a meeting at VIU's Faculty of Education that would invite others to participate--educators, community, business, consultants , etc
@LBaker-please go to www.imaginenobullying.ca or contact us at 604-709-6619!
I must say that in my travels around BC districts, I think that one of the larger issues is the lack of public knowledge about cyber related incidents that occure in schools or districts--because they are often dealt with quietly and locally. If we could get some type of case study database I think it would go a long way to help schools deal with these types of issues.
One of the most important things that people can do to help is to promote the Imagine No Bullying Campaign and help us raise $200,000 so we can reach more kids with this essential programming.
@Leona Thanks for bringing that up--one of the most important things a parent can know and teach a kid is how to do "screen captures" of content in computer windows, mobile devices, etc. to save evidence of incidents. Google your tech (e.g. Windows 7) and screen capture
Isn't it interesting that we are all here communicating and yet one of the biggest things that lets bullies "do their thing" is secrecy. Share what you're reading here today with as many people as you can.
I think that one of the most effective tools is to bring all these discussions with kids back to core values like Respect, Tolerance, etc.--it doesn't matter whether we're online or face to face. What does matter is that we know from research, that people have more difficulty in digital environments with the type of moral reasoning they use in the real world.
Schools and communities should work together to define common values--develop common language--it's a powerful tool for changing culture.
Julia, is there a general loss of those core values in society, that's being mirrored on social media ?