Sticks and Stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me……. An old adage that can once more be taught, even in the digital age.
I read an article in The Australian about the rise in use of smart app. devices in 4 – 8 years olds and the consequent risk of cyberbullying exposure. Apptapping tots need cyberbullying lessons. (Karvelas, 2014)
I regularly witness tablet and smart phone use in a 7 year old neighbour and also a friend’s 4 year old son, and I would not want them, or others, to receive any malicious cyberbullying.
What instigates concern is a line from this week’s lecture, Living and Learning in the digital world, concerning social media bringing schoolyard bullying into the home 24 hours a day. The implications of a victim of bullying not having a safe haven away from the schoolyard, could have a debilitating effect on them both personally, and as a student. (Howell, 2014)
Couple that chilling thought with the potential for this schoolyard bullying to occur in a very young age group, 4 – 8 year olds, prompted me to think about keeping our digital security tight, and the need for an early childhood education program in the prevention of and protection from cyberbullying.
I explored some school programs and found the following article to have the most helpful guidelines I can use as an educator to prevent and stop cyberbullying. 15 strategies educators can use to stop cyberbullying. (Clifford, 2012)
Clifford, M. (2012) 15 strategies educators can use to stop cyberbullying. Retrieved from: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/15-strategies-educators-can-use-to-stop-cyberbullying/
Howell, J. (2014) Living and Learning in the digital world Mod 1 04 Topic 3[ilecture]. Retrieved from http://echo.ilecture.curtin.edu.au:8080/ess/echo/presentation/1636447f-aa10-42de-bec3-f6fe6f44932e
Karvelas, P. (2014, March 12).App-tapping tots need cyber bully lessons. The Australian. Retrieved from: http://article.wn.com/view/2014/03/11/Apptapping_tots_need_cyber_bully_lessons/
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