The Flash animation intro of the Stopcyberbullying.org website is sobering. The final statement is thought provoking and challenging:
Cyberbullying is only limited by the imaginations and bandwidth of kids.
I’d change the world “kids” in this statement to “people.” Sadly, some people continue to demonstrate bullying behaviors into adulthood.
Technology is a tool, which can be used for good, neutral, or evil purposes. This reminds me of Doug Johnson’s post “Rules for Pod People and a Proposal for Banning Pencils” from 2005. A sharp number 2 pencil can be a very dangerous and disruptive tool in the hands of a learner who wants to make bad choices. So can an Internet-connected computer.
Are we striving to help our students in schools learn ethical decision-making skills, so they can and will BECOME THE FILTERS for themselves online in their lives? Are we talking to learners of all ages about digital citizenship and responsible online behavior? We need to be proactive on these issues, not merely reactive. We typically send our young people through a driver’s education class in which they actually practice driving on the roads and highways of the REAL WORLD before we give them a driver’s license. Similarly, we need to be helping our students learn to safely, appropriately, and powerfully navigate the virtual pathways of the information superhighway. Conversations about the issues and challenges we face there are likely our most powerful educational strategies for changing perceptions and behavior.
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