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Cyberbullying is not just an interesting topic, but a very important topic. With the smallĀ amount that we talked about in class I feel that you always learn more about it, especially since we are learning to be future educators. “Among children, cyberbullying is often connected with tradition bullying: victims of cyberbullying are often also victims of traditional bullying, and bullies have been found to be cyberbullies as well” (Bayraktar, 2015). Thats a problem teachers are having to deal with now, bullies attacking students through the internet. Teachers used to just be able to talk to the students or take them to the principle or counselor to talk about why the bullying is happening. The increase in technology in younger students is leading to bullying happening outside of school since the bully does not have to see their victim. Teachers are unable to see the issue compared to traditional bullying, because the bully attacks their victims emotionally rather than physically. “Cyber victims actually reported that the most intense emotion was sad, followed by rejected” (Gimenez Guild, 2015). By the victims feeling sad and rejected, they could possibly have self-confidence issues and have problem making friends. Teachers need to be constantly educated on the techniques to see cyber bullying. It would help if peers of the victims would say something to adults, but they tend to be bystanders of cyberbullying. I believe that more schools presentations about cyberbullying and how to stop it/ what to do if you see it happening, could lessen the number of cyber bully attacks. It could also allow teachers and administrative members to be informed faster, which would give the victim help and the attacker the punishment that should be handed down. Also it will give both the victim and attacker a chance to get counseling. “First, they can be effective leaders in promoting awareness of cyberbullying and its psychological impact on children and adolescents. Second, school psychologists can assess for prevalence and severity of cyberbullying. Third they can be effective in developing prevention programs designed to address the problem of cyberbullying among school-aged students” (Diamanduros, 2008). If schools can improve on using their resources like psychologists or counselors with cyberbullying in their schools, creating programs for prevention and being able to assess the severity of the cyberbullying that is going on.

 

 

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