According to the articles that we read in class cyber bullying is the newest way children are being tormented by peers. Whether it be from text messages, facebook, or some other form of online satire an alarmingly high number of students have been affected by cyber bullying. With such hurtful things flying around the Internet someone has to step in and help students deal with these online attacks. It has always been a thinly drawn line that separates when the school can get involved and when it has no power to deal with student issues, and the line that divides schools involvement in cyber bullying seems transparent. So the question I pose for discussion is: Is it the schools place to deal with cyber bullying? And if so what can the school do?

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AL - I haven't figured out a good way to enforce this, but I think that if the school is supplying internet to its students, then it needs to police the actions of those students within the internet - similar to teachers patrolling the hallways during passing periods. Blocking certain sites is a good start, but it's not completely preventative and kids often find ways around them. If teens are using computers at home to bully their peers, there is really no way for the school to intervene; that is the parents responsibility to intervene.
BG - I do think the school needs to help with prevention and consequences of cyber bullying, since the effects on children could interfere with their learning in school. However, I agree with Alex that kids seem to always find a way around the restrictions that schools put on websites and internet access. I don't think schools should just outright ban certain sites, but perhaps have lessons on internet etiquette and introduce ways to get rid of comments or shut down accounts so kids have that information at hand. I do also agree with Alex when she says that parents need to help monitor internet access at home as well, and teach their children what is and isn't acceptable behavior, just like they do in face-to-face confrontations.
CC- I agree with both Alex and Brittany, it is hard to completely block certain sites from school computers. I think it is worth trying though, inorder to make school computers an educational tool rather than a toy. If students are so determined to take class time to try to get around blocked sites I believe that is another issue. I think that if cyber bullying is affecting the students in the classroom teachers have to take some kind of action or no learnng will be able to occur. Wheather it is lessons about the harmful affects of bullying through either demonstrations or research connected to the subject material of the class, something to get students thinking about their actions. It may also be a good idea to get students thinking about how anything they put up on the web is fair game for anyone to see and what do they want to be remembered for. I agree that parents also need to have a major role in monitoring their child's web activity. Working as a team parents and teachers can help cyber bullying become less of a trend.

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Here is a video and an activity sheet that students can fill out to get them to think about cyber bullying
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