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Monday, June 28, 2010

Cyberbullying and Cybercitizenship

By Vestina Crayton

Remember when you were young and there was always that one kid who was known as ‘the school bully?’ Nowadays, with all the advanced communication technologies such as texting and the use of social networks, students not only have to deal with bullies in the schools, they have to deal with cyberbullying too!

What is Cyberbullying?
According to Extension 4-H Specialist Cheryl R. Vamadoe of the University of Georgia, it is defined as ‘being cruel to others sending or posting harmful material using technological means; an individual or group that uses information and communication involving electronic technologies to facilitate deliberate and repeated harassment or threat to an individual or group.’

Parry Aftab, a US lawyer and one of the leading experts on cyberlaw, has compiled the following alarming statistics: 90% of middle school students they polled had their feelings hurt online; and 65% of their students between 8-14 have been involved directly or indirectly in a Cyberbullying incident as the cyberbully, victim or friend; 75% visited a website bashing.

With statistics such as these, it is important for our youth to learn proper online etiquette so that they are communicating safely and responsibly.

To learn more about Cyberbullying and teaching your youth how to be a good Cybercitizen, register here for the June 30th Solutions in 30 Webinar – Cyberbullying and Cybercitizenship


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