Cyberbullying has been rampant nowadays, for the reason that students do not know how to become good digital citizens. It is something that I as an educator can be a part of prevention. According to Hinduja and Patchin (2015), cyberbullying is “willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices” (p. 11). Essentially, cyberbullying is bullying through the means of electronics. If you are being mean on a screen, you are cyberbullying. Brewer and Kerslake (2015) remark that the main difference between traditional bullying and cyberbullying is that cyberbullying happens quickly, is permanent and makes victims more available. Unlike traditional bullying where students could escape the bully by running home, cyberbullying has no escape because the Internet is always with us through our devices.
As a technology teacher, I always include cyberbullying as part of my lesson, always at the beginning of the year. I believe that it is my duty to teach awareness to my students, how to acknowledge the cyberbullying act, how not to be a cyberbully, and how to prevent cyberbullying.
Thus, I would like to influence my fellow educator to do the same, and together we can STOP CYBERBULLYING.
Brewer, G., & Kerslake, J. (2015). Cyberbullying, self-esteem, empathy and loneliness. Computers in Human Behavior, 48, 255-260. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2015.01.073
Hinduja, S., & Patchin, J. W. (2015). Bullying beyond the schoolyard: Preventing and responding to cyberbullying. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
StopBullyingGov. (2021, August 24). Is it cyberbullying? YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtfMzmkYp9E
YouTube. (2020, January 28). Cyberbullying – how to avoid cyber abuse. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMdKmHjpgFk