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"5 steps to combat cyber-bullying"

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Started by Brenda Crozier 18 Dec 2013 9:58am () Replies (2)

 [This was originally posted by Simon Evans on 23 Jun 2011. This is cross-posted as part of the transition of Software for Learning to Enabling e-Learning] 

 

As these ‘anti-cyberbullying’ commercials are mostly delivered by American charities and commissions you may not think the issue is present on this side of the Pacific. However, with mobiles and social media sites there are numerous points of contact that ‘friends’ can become not so friendly. There are five key things to do to stay safe on the internet:

  • Never share or post your personal information.
  • Never share your online passwords with anyone except your parents.
  • Never meet anyone face-to-face whom you only know online.
  • Talk to your parents about everything you do on the Internet.
  • Don't bully or accept bullying from anyone.

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Are there other safe guards you could suggest?

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  • Sean Lyons (View all users posts) 18 Dec 2013 11:32am ()

    Hello,

    It’s an interesting set of ideas, and the advice is laudable. However, with any advice that we provide, it has to be done in the context of that that is realistic. Because without that context, the advice can become hollow. 

    As an example, let’s look at the first one, "Never Share or post personal information" How realistic is that for young people in our current socially connected environment? We know that young people (and the rest of us) do share personal information, and indeed some of that sharing is part of the "social contract" we enter into when we engage with each other in these spaces. It forms a large part of the social capital that we build as we interact with each other online. If the advice that we give young people is simply "Don't" we run the risk of losing the engagement with them, and perhaps re-enforce the "generational digital divide" as highlighted in the Byron Report.

    To me, this is the difference between traditional cyber safety massaging, and genuine digital citizenship. Where one promotes protectionist strategies (Don't do..., You must not...) the other focusses on the idea that challenge is inevitable and manageable, and that preparation is the key to successfully managing those challenges, to building real resiliency in these spaces.

    It is our belief that experiencing those challenges and learning from them in an authentic context, where knowledgeable guides are able to assist that learning, within a properly constructed protective framework is the only way to help develop successful, digital citizens. This is the basis for the LGP framework. If you want to find out more about the LGP framework, you can visit www.mylgp.org.nz, or look through the NetSafe Kit for Schools at www.netsafe.org.nz/the-kit

    Safe guards are of course important, but only as important as authentic learning around developing digital citizenship skills for the entire community.

    Sean. CTO, NetSafe.

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