I think it’s interesting to delve into the entire world of the internet and understand about cyber bullying and how extreme it could be. I didn’t have access to the internet until I was a teenager but I never experienced nor heard of cyber bullying until I got a little older. To hear all that is going on in the news and how vicious it could be is upsetting, to know that not a student does not have an escape from bullying is upsetting as well. I enjoyed going through all the ideas presented and the videos on what to do in different situations and how to tackle this vicious component that has become such a huge part of our society.
The lessons with videos were the most valuable and I actually shared them with a coworker who teaches internet safety to the high school students.
I think always keeping these goals in mind and mastery of the lessons will help teaching Safety in my school. These goals and lessons extend beyond my classroom and while I have said in many posts I teach the younger students who don’t experience this as much I do have times that I spend with older students and being able to tap into this world helps me understand the realm of this issue and place expectations on myself as a teacher (to notice issues, be there for others, listen and prevent).
One of the things that I found most interesting was learning about is how important the teacher-student relationship is.
You can not just do lesson on character education and bullying and expect students to be prepared to be 21st century dual citizens.
As a teacher I never considered discriminatory harassment in school or online for that matter, I always had one broad term, bullying.
I found this course to be very insightful and interesting on many different levels. First off, being a teacher I think it is always important to reflect and learn new teaching strategies.