Cyberbullying

After witnessing an incident with my daughter recently, and a mounting interest in this at work-the paper (thanks Jane) was timely.  Confronting the Pedagogical Challenge of Cyber Safety’  highlights the paucity of empirical studies in educational contexts (‘pedagogical’ bit strong here). The increasing incidence of cyberbullying and what constitutes cyberbullying are covered, and Hanewall presents an interesting  taxonomy of Cyberbullying. All the more reason to encourage programs such as the kids Superclubs (UK) and being trialled in many Australian States. This initiative helps apprentice young children into good online habits when social.
Studies in the UK (Smith 2006) -The incidents of cyber bullied – showing that that 22 % of children had been cyber bullied at least once – were consistent with other findings in the UK and Contrary to previous assumptions where cyber bullying happened exclusively outside school hours, it surfaced in this study that cyber bullying occurred both inside and outside of school although more cyber bullying still occurred outside school. Similarly to the American findings, the British children kept silent about the abuse; with a third of victims telling no one about the bullying. In Australia, the only available study on the issue of cyber violence was carried out in Brisbane with 120 students in year 8. It showed that cyber bullying was less rampant than in other countries (i.e. Canada, UK and USA) as only 14 % of children were cyber victims. Most victims were contacted by texting, followed by chat rooms and then email; little is known about the reasons for this usage pattern. Over half the students thought that cyber bullying was increasing.”

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About thand

I'm a currently working at NSW Departrment of Education & Training, Connected Classrooms Program, Sydney.
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