Novel Connections

Novel Connections

Using True Shoes as a teaching tool on cyberbullying and digital citizenship

“We need to recognize that, by far, the most common risk to children stems from their own actions and those of their peers and that many of these risks are not new. It is the delivery mechanisms which are. While technology can be used to amplify or facilitate bullying, for example, it is not the cause of the problem. In addition to sending a message that bullying and harassment will not be tolerated, work needs to be done ... on ‘digital citizenship’ – or rather a renewed effort to teach citizenship online and offline – encouraging children to respect themselves and others.”
Youth Safety on a Living Internet: Report of the Online Safety and Technology Working Group
National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 2010

      “So don’t you see it? In school,” he said, “everyone knows those girls will spread a rumor about anyone. If you say, ‘Hey, this is really warped,’ you’re putting yourself at risk. You could be next.”
     “Exactly.”
     “But that rumor today, and what happened — this is big time,” Elliot said. “If something like this happens and nobody fights back, then that group has total power, and everyone knows it. Then Parkland is Darkland all the way.”
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