Ethical Dilemma: CyberbullyingEdu/315 Legal & Ethical Issues in EducationMrs. Ronda GreggJuly 6, 2020Team 4: Sheena Gonzalez, Marley DeMarco, Nicole Head, Andraya Keiser, Tarah Elford, and Joshua Davis
I'm so sad. Why do they say mean things about me.
Cyberbullying is a very real problem that happens in classrooms everywhere. It occurs when students use electronic devices and social media to hurt or bully other students. Teachers can help control the growing issues with cyberbullying by becoming well informed of the issue and the different solutions they can provide. 2
That's so funny!
Why are they calling me names?
Being a role model in the classroom means showing children how to embrace others differences.
I love your outfit today, Beth. You're so creative.
Did you see Beth the Clown on Instagram? Who dresses like that?
Characteristics of a teacher role model in school:
Teachers play a huge role in the control of cyberbullying and bullying in general within the classroom. Teaching children to accept and embrace others and their differences and complimenting those differences can change how others see things. A teacher should encourage and help develop the uniqueness in all students in the classroom. Teachers should compliment all students and help develop a confidence within themselves to embrace the unique and differences in all.1
She is always sending me mean messages about my hair.
How to be a role model outside the classroom: be accountable, understanding, reflective, supportive, good personality, trustworthy, professional, attentive, and fair.
I think you both have beautiful hair and it makes you, you!
She always has her hair in pig tails.
Characteristics of a teacher role model out of school:
Cyber bullying affects many, but teachers can help control cyber bullying outside of school by creating a school policy with several preventative techniques such as: teaching internet responsibility to all students, encouraging open communication between students, teachers, and parents, and create a safe place to report any bullying as well as involving parents to monitor and report any cyber bullying. Teachers can also monitor school-issued devices in and out of the classroom and host open conversations about friendships, handling conflicts, and understanding how today's actions affect a students future.
Having students feel comfortable inside classroom to talk about the things that have experienced with cyberbullying will open the discussion on how to prevent and to deal with them. An activity that might provoke thoughts about differences would be everyone coming up with one unique thing about themselves and how they would feel if their peers went home and talked bad about that information online. This could give an insight on how it really feels to be bullied and prevent someone who might have been thinking about it, to not do it. A teacher embracing their students and showing excitement and happiness after each student shares something would encourage others. Also, the teacher sharing a unique thing about themselves could help as well.
A teacher’s ideal reaction to cyberbulling
Both of those things are really cool. What does everyone think?
Say one cool, true thing and one cool, untrue thing about yourself, and we will guess which is false.
I have 3 cats and I can do backflips on trampoline.
Wow, I wish I could do a backflip and having 3 cats is so cool!
I wonder if my facts will be as cool as Hannah.
Remember bullying is never ok and its never cool to be mean to another, especially for things they like.
We are all cool in our own ways and that is great.
Also remember we are here to help you should anyone decide to be mean and uncool towards you.
1Flores Buils, R., Caballer Miedes, A., & Romero Oliver, M. (2020). Effect of a cyberbullying prevention program integrated in the primary education curriculum. Revista de Psicodidáctica (English Ed.), 25(1), 23–29. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psicoe.2019.08.0042Is Cyberbullying. (2020, May 7). Retrieved from stopbullying.gov: https://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/what-is-it