WEEK 3: HOW PREVALENT IS THE ISSUE OF CYBERBULLYING IN AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS, AND HOW CAN TEACHERS IDENTIFY IF A STUDENT IS BEING CYBERBULLIED?

(Netsafe, n.d.)

(Netsafe, n.d.)

It is succinct to say that bullying is prevalent in most schools, with cyberbullying the latest prototype emerging from the modern digital world. The Queensland Government (2014) concluded that 27% of primary students were cyber bullied every few weeks during 2013. Furthermore, Queensland Government’s (2014) research concluded one quarter of cyberbullying targeted people they did not know. These studies heighten the necessity for schools to take action and integrate cyber safety programs that educate students about their digital footprint. To counteract cyberbullying a teacher needs to regularly update their digital technologies knowledge, and observe student behaviours for abnormalities.

 

Cyberbullying is evident across all digital technologies, such as mobile phones, computers and tablets.

(Avatar Generation, 2013)

(Avatar Generation, 2013)

Monitoring student behaviour is vital, if a teacher observes abnormal behaviour they should investigate for possible cyberbullying. Common side effects include depression, anxiety and decreased academic achievement (Commonwealth of Australia, 2014). I have significantly developed my understanding of cyberbullying. This knowledge is essential to me as a future teacher to ensure the safety of my students. If cyberbullying is prevalent the teacher should implement programs that create an awareness of security issues, inform students of negative consequences resulting in inappropriate digital identities, and empower the students to take ownership and responsibilities of their digital footprint.

 

 

 

Here is a fabulous Youtube video for future teachers suggesting: Stand up, Don’t stand by! Also comforting teachers by addressing the wide range of resources available.

 

References

 

Avatar Generation. (2013). Free cyberbullying safety poster. Retrieved from

http://www.avatargeneration.com/2012/11/free-cyber-bullying-safety-poster/

 

Commonwealth of Australia. (2014). What does cyberbullying look like? Retrieved

from
http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/teens/how%20do%20I%20deal% 20with/cyberbullying.aspx

 

Netsafe. (n.d.). Cyberbullying: advice for young people, parents and teachers. Retrieved

from
http://www.netsafe.org.nz/cyberbullying-advice-for-young-people- parents-and-teachers/

 

Queensland Government. (2014). Bullying and cyberbullying facts. Retrieved from

http://www.qld.gov.au/disability/children-young-people/bullying/facts.html

 

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO COMPLETE MY BRIEF SURVEY ON CYBERBULLYING.

 

 

 

 

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