An Educator's Perspective on Cyberbullying

The Ca.pture Project

A youth-driven digital storytelling program to capture cyberbullying stories from our city and to develop open-source digital skill building activities to empower youth to prevent, navigate and intervene in electronic bullying.

How I define cyerbullying
I define cyberbullying as an act of bullying in the ether space, using tools of mass media as an intermediary.
Where I've seen it happen
I’ve seen it happen all over the place. I’m active on Facebook and see it there daily. I think it’s impossible to avoid it nowadays.
What I think happens leading up to, during, and after cyberbullying
I think it’s just a natural part of online discourse. We’ve become so desensitized to it, that it’s become normal for people to publish harsh comments, and normal for people to see and engage in similar commentary. There are no consequences for what happens afterwards, because an online user can take on the role of a “virtual” being that receives no consequences for any online act they carry out.
How can I create a safer space
I hate to say it, but I think we should advocate for a policing of the internet. Failing that, we just need to be mindful that the most frequent users are children, and the best course of action is anti cyberbullying education.
What resources I use for cyberbullying in my community
I’m not aware of any resources that exist to combat this issue.
This project is supported by a grant from CIRA’s Community Investment Program. CIRA’s Community Investment Program gives back by supporting initiatives and programs that help build a better online Canada.
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