On February 14, 2007, I participated as one of three panelists in an Oklahoma Title I statewide videoconference focused on addressing issues of cyberbullying. Tools are not inherently evil, but unfortunately people continue to make poor choices with many of those tools, which include digital ones. In this session I explored some of the proactive ways schools, churches, families and community organizations can address cyberbullying and the real dangers which are present in the online environment. While we should not minimize the real dangers which exist in the virtual as well as face-to-face worlds, we also should not perceive the Internet as inherently evil and digital technologies as entirely unsafe and undesirable. We need to help students develop their capacities for ethical decisionmaking, and proactively work to insure our classrooms, our neighborhoods, our homes and our communities are places of mutual respect where bullying behavior is not tolerated and is appropriately addressed, both responsively and proactively, by a variety of constituents.


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