Technology is often recognized as being a highly positive and interactive way to teach students in schools, with so many types of tech to use for different leaning styles and subject matter – however just as with real life situations, the online world has it’s issues as well.
Cyberbullying is the use of technology to bully a person or group with the intent to hurt them socially, psychologically or even physically (Cyberbullying, 2016). It has become a common concern in most schools, since students have access to the tech required to take on such actions; hurtful messages, abusive emails, ad humiliating others with rumors or gossip are the most common forms of cyberbullying. Teachers should make students aware of what cyberbullying is and what to do if they, or someone they know, is being bullied online. The Australian suicide statistics suggest that students who are bullied are 9 times more likely to attempt, or at least contemplate, committing suicide (Bullying and suicide statistics in US, Australia and New Zealand, 2014) making the importance of teaching students what to do and who they can speak to paramount.
An amazing talk about how texting can be used to help children in crisis
For these reasons, it is also important to ensure students are becoming technologically savvy, and know how to be careful, critical users of technology (Howell, 2014) – how students represent themselves online should be analysed and discussed in the classroom as well as appropriate content to share; emphasizing the importance of the internet is a permanent collection of data. Teachers who make these connections for students and make them aware of the issues that are associated with using technologies is one way educators can prepare their learners for the future ahead of them.
To go viral means that a piece of information, such as an image, quote or video, spreads at a rapid pace all over the internet – not unlike a virus (Moreau, 2016)
The Department of Education works closely with the Department of Communications, which has primary responsibility for Cybersafety matters along with the Australian Communications and Media Authority to ensure evidence-based cybersafety education is available to all Australian schools for all members of the school community (Government, 2016). In this way, the education department incorporates learning about online safety into the curriculum for all teachers to engage and be aware of when using technology in the classroom, and ensuring students are taking part in safe practice.
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