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Why people cyberbully and how we can help people who are being bullied.

Cyberbullying is the activity of sending messages or images to someone using the Internet or a mobile phone in order to frighten or hurt them (Macmillan dictionary)

Prior to the advent of online networking sites, bullying often took place at school, on the way home or in group meeting places at the weekend. Nowadays, cyberbullying can happen anytime, anywhere, 24/7. It’s important that our students are aware of how to stay safe online and what they should do if they think something is wrong.

37% of the 8-17 year olds in Spain who took part in an international Microsoft survey say they have been subjected to a range of online activities that some may consider to be online bullying or to have adverse effects.

According to the survey, 15% of the schools the respondents attend have policies in place that address cyberbullying and 28% of schools provide cyberbullying education to teachers, parents and students.

We’d like to celebrate Safer Internet Day on February 11th with you and your students to help them stay safe online. Take a look at the materials to see which best suit your classes. There will be 3 sections:

What is cyberbullying?

Our digital footprint

How to handle cyberbullying

In What is cyberbullying, students are asked to think about ways in which cyberbullying differs from traditional bullying. By watching the video Let’s fight it together, the students are asked to considerWhy people cyberbully and how we can help if we know someone who is being bullied. Students can also go on to draw up a class contract on cyberbullying.

There’s more to come! Watch out for Our digital footprint materials on ways to stay safe on Facebook and how to make sure we keep our passwords safe. We’ll also be looking at strategies in the section How to handle cyberbullying.

Watch this space!

Maria Toth