10 SURPRISING and EFFECTIVE Strategies for Cyberbullying

Here are 10 surprising and engaging strategies you may not have considered for helping students deal with online peer aggression. Check them out and please share the link with other educators. [Grades K-12]


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  1. Share with faculty and parents step-by-step directions for dealing with a “bully.”  Go to www.disciplinehelp.com [You Can Handle Them All] and REGISTER, then select BULLY from the list of 123 misbehaviors.  Be sure to click on ACTION (see left margin), as well as MISTAKES.  (It is important to read ALL of the information associated with any of the misbehaviors.)   www.LoveandLogic.com is the perfect companion material and strategy collection to support DISCIPLINE HELP.  Also, share RETHINK, a product that is designed to stop cyberbullying before the damage is done.  The software uses patented context sensitive filtering technology to determine whether or not the language is offensive, and then gives the user a second chance to reconsider their decision to tweet, post or send. Groundbreaking research shows that when adolescents are alerted to ReThink their decision, they change their minds 93% of the time. 
  2. Use short video clips to Spark Serious Conversations About High-Risk Online Behaviors.  Using videos from the links in #3, ask students BEFORE viewing the clip to be prepared to discuss what is "real" and what is "not real" about the message in the video.  AFTER the video, LISTEN closely to what they say is “real” and “not real.”  Seek to UNDERSTAND their viewpoints before attempting to mentor and advise.  Never start the conversation with assumptions.  After listening respectfully to what they have to say ask, "What advice would you give to students in the grades BELOW you?"   
  3.  Link to a Web Page of Videos, Interactive Tools, and Simulations for students in  Elementary School        |       Middle School        |        High School
  4. Multiple anonymous Twitter accounts were created at Osseo High School to destroy students' reputations and demoralize them on a daily basis.  Read what this High School Senior did to combat the negativity with his own anonymous, but POSITIVE, tweets to the students who were the VICTIMS of the anonymous bullies.  The results were amazing.  Read more at Edutopia.    
  5. In the Positive Footprint Project for “upstanders” (elementary), intermediate students decided to paint blue footprints with positive messages "walking" though their campus. Afterwards, they worked with first grade buddies to discuss bullying and speaking up, and together they made paper footprint cut-outs and created their own upstander messages to post around the school.  This idea can be modified for middle and high school students with a focus on developing a positive “Digital Dossier” and advising younger students to leave a more positive digital footprint.   **Note how the upper elementary students were paired with 1st grade buddies to “make” positive paper footprints to leave throughout the school.  What can your students do with sidewalk chalk and a list of positive messages against bullying?
  6. STEALTH MENTAL HEALTH:  In southern Oregon, school-community specialists get to know and counsel kids through after-school activities.   Consider their success and think about how to make this happen in your school or district. (Edutopia.org)
  7. High School parents can host a screening of the movie Disconnected (outside of school) to engage students in conversations about online behavior.  The script was inspired by real events.  (Warning:  Content in this film may be offensive to some.) Preview the film in its entirety prior to the screening.  Check out the Toolkit and the movie poster here.
  8. “Teachers are now reviewing student essays, poems, and short stories not just for spelling, grammar, and organization but also for emotional content that might have implications for the safety of the student or the school.”  Read more at Edutopia.     [Did you know?  A 10-minute prewriting activity about testing worries reduces test anxiety quickly and boosts scores 5-17%.  (Source:  NSF) ]
  9. Believe it or not: girls are more aggressive [passive aggression] than boys and technology has given them an outlet to express it.  “Girls as young as age five are experiencing acts of bullying, disguised as friendship, that shake the carefully laid foundations of their self-image, personal values, and beliefs about peer relationships.”  This photocopiable resource book provides educators, social workers and counsellors with a complete, ready-to-use group curriculum to help young girls aged 5-11 build constructive and fulfilling friendships.  (Book:  Friendship and Other Weapons)
  10. Order these DVDs from Dr. Neufeld to deliver as professional development for educators or parents - any time, any place.  Bullies - Their Making and Unmaking  and  Making Sense of Aggression.     **Notice the audio downloads, too.

 



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