Cyberbullying: Let’s stop it

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Bullies are everywhere—even online. And bullying in any form should be taken seriously.

In a recent survey on Cyberbullying conducted for Microsoft Corporation and published in the September issue of Teaching and Learning Magazine, youths ages 8-17 provided some interesting statistical information regarding Cyberbullying:

  • 58% say they know a lot or some about online bullying
  • 54% are very or somewhat worried about online bullying
  • 86% report being bullied online and/or offline, although most bullying is offline
  • 24% admit to bullying someone else online
  • 42% admit to bullying someone else offline

Cyberbullying can occur in many forms: through instant messaging, social networks, texting, email, websites,  blogs, and other methods of digital communication. “Students, parents, and educators are encouraged to learn more about bullying—to recognize it, prevent it, and take action to stop it,” says State Librarian Ann Joslin.

The prevention of cyberbullying requires good “digital citizenship,” which is the appropriate use of online tools to “interact with others, acquire goods and services online, seek information from online sources, and generally function in a society reliant on technology tools and resources.”

In conjunction with October’s designation as national Cyberbullying Prevention/Cyber Safety Month, Idaho Commission for Libraries has joined a statewide alliance that offers resources to provide awareness and education about the risks and prevention of “cyberbullying.” In addition to the Commission, the alliance includes Idaho Public Television, the Idaho Education Network, the Office of Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, the Idaho State Department of Education, the Idaho School Boards Association, and the Idaho Association of School Administrators.

Available Resources

Website: A “cyberbullying information and prevention” website, with video, articles, and specific tips for students, parents, and educators is found at http://guides.lili.org/cyberbullying.

Videos: Idaho Public Television is offering broadcast and online content this fall. View this  guide of broadcasts and online resources available to parents, educators and students regarding the prevention of cyberbullying.