As many of you know, I am very very passionate about protecting kids and increasing safety online. I think the Internet is a wonderful thing, but I also think you can only leverage it’s potential if you avoid it’s pitfalls. One of the major issues that concerns me has to do with the rise of social networks, IMing, email and video sharing sites. Many adults, parents and students do not realize that cyberbullying is even more of a threat that online predators.
This is why, along with many of my blogger friends I want to launch a campaign on February 4th, 2009 to raise awareness about cyberbullying. I am asking everyone I know who has a blog, platform, website, classroom, child, family, brother, sister, cousin, niece, nephew to take a moment and explain what cyberbullying is and what to do about it.
Kids do not know how to handle online bullying and they need to know the steps of how to deal with it if it ever happens to them or a friend. Even if one more student learns the steps for how to get out of a cyberbullying situation, I will consider this campaign a success.
How You Can Help Stop Cyberbullying
Consider following these three steps and spreading the anti-cyberbullying message by February 4th, 2009.
Step 1: Tell them what Cyberbullying is
Cyberbullying: involves the use of technlogy to spread, communicate or use information to deliberately harm other individuals or groups through email, IM, social networks, websites, blogs or phones.
Step 2: Cyberbullying is more common than you think
Explain to your audience (whether that is a few thousand readers or your family) that the biggest threat online does not necessarily come from online predators or strangers, but rather it comes from your neighbors, friends and acquaintences.
Here is how it happens: 6 Things Parents Need to Know About Cyberbullying
Step 3: Explain how to stop it.
I wrote this post on the steps and how to stop cyberbullying from happening. On February 4th, I will also write a full post about this again and post some new videos for anyone who wants to reblog.
If you would like to join the campaign, send me an email and I will link to your blog and article on February 4th for my readers. I would also love people to post or write about some personal stories with cyberbullying because I think those can be the most helpful for kids.