Piano and Laylee

 Learning Adventures

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?

Discussion Questions:

  1. Have you heard the word "citizen"? What do you think it is? (part of a community)
  2. What are the good things about being in a community? (being part of something, feeling safe, enjoying living there)
  3. To enjoy being a citizen, what responsibilities can you think of that go with being part of that community? (helping to keep your community clean, not harming other people, calling the police if something dangerous happens)
  4. So when you go online, you are part of an online community. This makes you a digital citizen. What kinds of responsibilities do you think you have as a digital citizen? (not putting spam and trash out on the web, not sending mean and harmful messages to other people)
  5. Do you think that maybe cyberbullies have been bullied themselves
  6. What do you think the main message about how to handle a cyberbully is in this book? (This should lead to a discussion that ends up with the message that the student should: a) ignore a cyberbully politely and b) if the other person continues bullying, get a trusted adult to help.)

and The Cyberbully