Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Yet Another Suicide From Bullying

It's hard not to tear up when you watch 14 year old Jamey Rodemeyer talk about being bullied. His contribution to the "It Gets Better" campaign is an eerie reminder that we don't always know how bad one of our students is hurting until it's too late. In Jamey's case, he said he complained about being bullied but no one helped him.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

32 Resource Links on Cyberbullying


The Internet has created a new place where bullies can go and anonymously taunt others. With last year's suicide of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi, (and many others) it has become more apparent that we need to help our students be more cyber smart and learn about why bullying is something to be taken seriously. It is never too early to educate our kids about the dangers of cyberspace. Here are 32 places you can use:


Chat Rooms
Chat Danger- information on how to stay safe when you use chat rooms, IM and cell phones

Cyber Bullying
Cyber bullying- this site is part of the TeensHealth web site, with information on cyber bullying, why people bully and what happens when someone is bullied.
Reporting Cyber Bullies- information on what to do if you are bullied
*Video on Cyberbullying- from SchoolTube  

General Internet Safety Sites
CyberAngels- world's oldest & largest Internet safety organization
Cyber Safety- this site is hosted by Rob Nickel, who is an expert on cyber safety. In addition to a listing of tips for teens, parents and educators, there are videos you can download. (PSAs, interviews)
CyberSmart!-how to deal with cyber bullies, a list of proper manners while online, and social networking sites.
Don't Believe the Type: Know the Dangers- rules are listed for surfing the web, chat rooms, IM, email, newsgroups, forums, bulletin boards, social networking and sharing personal information.
Google Family Safety Center- tools, advice, vide tips from Google parents
Internet Safety 101 Quiz- how much do you know about Internet safety?
Internet Safety: Keeping it Real-designed by six students under the age of 16, this website won second place in Thinkquest's 2007 Competition. Excellent!
Internet Safety and You- for younger kids; Professor Garfield does the teaching; links for parents and teachers
LMK Life Online- sponsored by the Girl Scouts and Microsoft; education for young girls
iSafeSurf- sections on social safety, netiquette, acronyms, emoticons, peer-to-peer file sharing
NetSmartz Teens- they have a section of videos, downloadable activity cards and free multimedia presentations for Windows and Mac computers.
OnGuard Online: Social Networking Sites-with links and quick facts, this site has a game called "Friend Finder", which tests your knowledge about safely using online social networking sites.
Own Your Space- eBook is 16 chapters and free to download; excellent information about protecting your stuff and yourself online
SafeTeens.com- learn about chat room safety, teen safety on the Internet, cell phone safety tips and more.
Safety Tips for Tweens and Teens- this is a government site, with information on staying safe while you are online, including: trusting your instinct, only divulging information you are comfortable with, a reminder that once something is posted it is always there.
Webonauts Internet Academy- for elementary school kids; interactive learning about being safe online; when missions are completed, the Webonauts graduate with a certificate.
Wired Safety- this site claims to be the "world's largest Internet safety, help and education resource." Sections include cyber crime, cyber stalking, Internet predators, social networking and privacy and security.
X-Block- you'll find chat rooms, learn about cyber safety and their iMentoring program.

Netiquette
Net Manners- proper behavior tips
A Thin Line- fact sheets cover spying online, sexting and when kids use text messaging too much.
Tips for Proper Online Behavior- from the Boston Public Library

Privacy Online
Children's Online Privacy Protection- known as COPPA, this explains how children are protected
Safety Tips for Teens- learn what you should and shouldn't reveal about yourself online
Secure Websites in Plain English- video from Common Craft
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