leaders - we each can do our part in creating and cultivating necessary behavioral shifts in our patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving.
the slow erosion of the human empathic spirit fueled by an increasing sense
of disconnect towards others and by the process of morally disengaging from others.
And thus, my excitement built throughout the day as each expert called for comprehensive, empathy-based curriculum and social emotional learning/programming in order to prevent bullying and cyber bullying!
I'm going to leave you with the names of a few organizations and their respective programs and/or curriculum. You can find all the information on their websites! Although there are many other good ones, I am familiar with these.
1. Family Online Safety Institute - FOSI - "How To Be A Good Digital Parent"
This is a new program which was just launched! This is great for a PTA meeting, a parent group, or for your own family. All the forms, handouts, and a great power-point presentation are ready to go! There are also tons of other tools on their site! Everything is FREE!
2. Cyber Bullying Research Center - Cyber Bullying Research Center
This is an awesome organization! They have tons of tools and strategies for protection and prevention. All their materials are FREE, except for their books.
They have recently launched "Words Wound: Delete Cyber Bullying and Make Kindness Go Viral". This tween to teen program is FREE (except for the book). Everything you need to implement into a home-room, advisory class, or youth group! In my opinion, this looks like a good fit for middle school!
3. Visit Holli Kenley for tools and strategies in dealing with cyber bullying.
Parents and guardians, I created Cyber Bullying No More: Parenting A High Tech Generation specifically for you! It's a clear, concise book with easy steps for protecting your child, intervening when needed, and preventing cyber bullying!
Educators, Counselors, & Youth Organizations
1. Common Sense Media - Common Sense Media - "K -12 Digital Citizenship Program"
This is an outstanding comprehensive program! The lessons plans are beautifully designed and created to meet the learning needs of all children. This curriculum is also aligned with the Common Core (if this is important to you). Howard Gardner, father of Theory of Multiple Intelligences and the Harvard University School of Education, developed these materials.
Common Sense Media also has just offered lesson plans designed specifically to address cyber bullying!
*All materials are FREE.
2. Operation Respect - "Don't Laugh At Me" - K - Adult Social Emotional Learning
This is an empathy-based curriculum and also aligned with the Common Core Standards. Peter Yarrow (of "Peter, Paul & Mary" folk group from the 60's) is the founder and creator. Peter had been an advocate of the anti-bullying movement for over 20 years! This curriculum has strong cross- curricular and interdisciplinary applications.
Although is program is great for all students, I think it is well-suited for our special needs populations and/or students who really thrive in an extremely nurturing learning environment.
*All materials are FREE!
In conclusion, there are many other valuable resources available. First, however, it is important for each school, organization, community, and families, etc. to conduct an honest assessment of its current reality - its climate (what individuals are feeling) and its culture (why individuals are feeling as they do)- and secondly, identify its desired state. Establish a strategic plan for reaching your desired state, and then begin to implement programs which will bring about the kinds of healthy lasting change best suited for your needs.
|There is HELP and HOPE!|
Protection: What are a few tools for parents/guardians? What can we do as a "team"?
Intervention: What symptoms/risk factors to look for with cyber bully and cyber victim?
What area few strategic steps to intervene effectively?
Prevention: What is the root cause of cyber bullying? What can we do to prevent this?
There is HOPE!
|Let's reconnect - FACE TO FACE!|