The focus of this book is to empower our students to not be intimidated by a bully. This is, however, a very tricky area because our children need to have the trust in their trusted adults that they will be protected without repercussions from the bully. So there are several fronts of protection that need to be prepared.
First, parents and guardians need to establish an ongoing line of communication with their children and to oversee what activities their children are involved with online. Second, educators need to help students understand acceptable uses of the computer and online world and to support and reinforce with the students the need to always talk with their trusted adults if someone or something makes them feel uncomfortable or unsafe online. Finally, the community needs to support and enforce laws where needed. Internet Service Providers need to work with parents and guardians to shut down a website where a cyberbully is posting threatening messages about another child. Law enforcement officers are available in many locations now that specialize in identifying predators and cyberbullies and bringing them to justice.
Two major differences between bullying in the physical world and bullying in the virtual world are the idea of remaining anonymous online and having no inhibitions about causing hurt to another. Cyberbullies tend to think they are anonymous and because they don't see the hurt created, they don't empathize with their target.
Big Idea for the Child to Think About:
What can I do to protect myself from a cyberbully?
and The Cyberbully