|Posted on 20 November, 2012 at 5:30|
Educating students, in particular year 7 students about cyber safety and the correct way to use social networking sites has been rather difficult. At the beginning of the year, only a handful had a Facebook account and all swore to never use Facebook because it is a 'bad' site. Today, close to the end of the year, all but a handful of students have at least 1 Facebook account...yes thats right, some students have more than 1 account.
Unfortunately, cyberbullying still exists to a certain extent and few students claim that they aware of this activity happening either to their mates or family. After debriefing them about what the cyberbullying is related too, it is established that a few may unintentionally create harm for themselves. Students are so consumed with taking photos of themselves and of their friends in both fortunate and unfortunate circumstances and at times, take photos of friends 'as a joke' and then when things go bad, photos become viral.
This diagram is perfect for reminding students how to use social media correctly. Prevention is the key. Lets combat cyberbullying BEFORE it happens. I encourage all teachers to employ these strategies and work together to help todays teenage generation be smarter online!