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While access to the world wide web has created a number of great opportunities for those who have embraced this technology, this unlimited access has also made its users vulnerable. As the younger generations begin to take advantages of these new technologies, special attention must be taken to ensure their safety. Some critical issues with technology safety include cyber bullying, inappropriate websites, issues with social networking sites, instant messaging, and texting. Many of these critical issues stem from the anonymity online technologies provide. Unlike in person communication, with online technologies you don't always know if a particular person or website are who they say they are. This ability to be invisible has lead to an increase in cyber-bullying and predatory activities. Another critical issue that stems from the ability to be anonymous online is online predators. These predators take advantage of teenagers emotional vulnerability and befriend them on social networks posing as teens their similar age. The predators use these fake profiles to gain the teenager's trust, which the teens then feel comfortable sharing personal information and pictures with them. As many teens do not understand the repercussions of sharing personal information online, they do not think of the risks this online sharing holds. Many teens understand it is not safe to share their home address however, the tech savvy predators can decipher an address from something as simple as a picture of a new car in front of their house. The greater risk is that many of these online predators once they gain the teen's trust they try to turn the relationship to a sexual nature. A recent FBI study states that one in seven youngsters have experienced unwanted sexual solicitations online. One in three have been exposed to unwanted sexual material online. And one in 11 have been harassed or bullied online. Cyber-bullying is defined as a young person tormenting, threatening, harassing, or embarrassing another young person using the Internet or other technologies, like cell phones. It can take many forms including: Sending mean messages or threats to a person's email account or cell phone Spreading rumors online or through texts Posting hurtful or threatening messages on social networking sites or web pages Stealing a person's account information to break into their account and send damaging messages Pretending to be someone else online to hurt another person Taking unflattering pictures of a person and spreading them through cell phones or the Internet Sexting, or circulating sexually suggestive pictures or messages about a person For many teens, cyber-bullying is a daily occurrence and can be very damaging. Consumer Reports states, one million children were harassed, threatened or subjected to other forms of cyber-bullying on Facebook during the past year. Most commonly this leads to anxiety, depression and even suicide. The most devastating issue with cyber-bullying is unlike real life bullying once something is posted online, it is never truly completely erased and can continue to reappear rehashing painful memories. Children have begun to be introduced to technology at extremely young ages. Some children are beginning to master the skills of working a smart phone and computer before they begin school. Therefore children are coming to school with lots of experience utilizing technology, especially the internet. There are many harmful situations that students can come across when using technology in the classroom and at home. This is why educators need to integrate technology safety into the curriculum at an early age and continue to incorporate this over the years to remind students on avoiding harmful situations through technology. As educators, it is our responsibility to ensure our students are informed and knowledgeable. This not only includes academic subjects, but topics that extend beyond the classroom as well. Online safety and privacy are among those topics. Jeff Dunn explains that protecting children from the dangers that lurk throughout the internet involves more than simply blocking sites that children should not see; it involves working directly with adolescents to educate them and ensure they understand the ways in which the internet may harm them. It is crucial for teachers to be aware of the issues surrounding online safety because in becoming educators they have dedicated themselves to the safety and well-being of children. In order to ensure they stay dedicated to this mission, they must incorporate online safety lessons into the curriculum. What Can Teachers Do to Reduce Future Occurrences of Bullying? 1. Discuss Bullying: Give students the opportunity to discuss bullying. Have the class come up with rules against bullying and involve them in determining that bullying behavior is unacceptable. Provide classroom activities and discussion opportunities related to bullying and violence, including the harm they cause and strategies to reduce their incidence. 2. Teach Cooperation: Teach cooperation by assigning projects that require collaboration. Such cooperation teaches students how to compromise and how to assert without demanding. Take care to vary grouping of participants and to monitor the treatment of and by participants in each group. 3. Develop a Plan: Develop a classroom action plan to ensure that students know what to do when they observe a bully-victim confrontation.


4. Take Immediate Action: Take immediate action when bullying is observed. All teachers and school staff must let children know they care and will not allow anyone to be mistreated. By taking immediate action and dealing directly with the bully, adults support both the victim and the witnesses. 5. Confront in Private: Confront bullies in private. Challenging bullies in front of their peers may actually enhance their status and lead to further aggression. 6. Involve Parents: Notify parents of both victims and bullies when a confrontation occurs. Listen receptively to parents who report bullying, and investigate reported circumstances so appropriate school action may be taken. For all grade levels, incorporate the arts in the curriculum while teaching students about technology safety. Some examples include role playing, theatre plays, dance, and singing. Have students role play the different characters of an example of cyber bullying. Make sure to have students switch roles so they have a chance to play both the victim and the bully. This way students can reflect on how it made them feel for both roles. In the higher grade levels such as middle school and high school you could create a play as a class that is more dramatic and act out a harmful situation involving students using technology the inappropriate ways. Then have the class perform the play for the school to teach awareness of this issue. This also incorporates the social sciences by having students reach out to the community with a public issue. The technology standards, especially in Michigan, for the early elementary grades lend themselves to directly incorporating an online safety lesson within the curriculum. The majority of the standards for K-2 grade focus on what personal information is safe to share online, knowing when to share with an adult when an online conversation makes them uncomfortable and the consequences of inappropriate online behavior. These standards could be included across the curriculum in an English Language Arts lesson by having students journal about their thoughts. While the basics of online safety are taught in the early elementary, an ELA lesson could focus on online safety in middle school and high school again asking students to create their own stories about the consequences of appropriate and inappropriate behavior online. Revisiting these topics again as students age is important as students tend to receive more access to technology as they get older. A refresher lesson could remind them of the potential consequences of their behavior. The FBI also offers a program in which the school can enlist the help of a dedicated Community Outreach Specialist. This specialist is available to visit the schools to provide grade level appropriate presentations to a classroom or the whole school. Along with the specialist visits, the FBI has created an online game with content at varying grade levels that helps facilitate online safety lessons. This online game provides examples of real life situations students at these different grades could easily encounter. While the game itself is best suited for the technology class, the content covered in the game could also be extended among other content areas. For example, many sections of the game include different statistics. These statistics could then be incorporated into a math level at elementary, middle and high school levels. Finally, within many content areas, (Social Studies, Science, ELA, etc.) teachers encourage their students to locate additional research on material at all grade levels. With such easy access to the internet, many students will utilize online tools to locate this additional research. Since the risk to uncover inappropriate websites during these research activities is quite high. This is a great time to review what compromises a trustworthy website and the risks online searches holds. Many students are quite naive when it comes to online searches and believe certain search engines would never lead them to harm. No matter how many times you have reviewed or how old your students are, it is always ideal to remind them again. Resources http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/cyber-bullying-statistics.html http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-cyber-bullying# Dunn, Jeff. "The Teachers Guide To Keeping Students Safe Online." Edudemic: Connecting Education and Technology . N.p., 24 Oct 2011. Web. 10 Oct 2013. http://www.edudemic.com/student-online-safety-guide/ . http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/what-schools-can-do-to-stop-bullying.shtml http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2011/january/online_011111 http://www.internetsafety101.org/cyberbullyingstatistics.htm http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-28753_33232_37328---,00.html

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