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What is School? Bullying in a digital age

Last week #whatisschool was honoured to have Nicholas Ferroni co-moderate the chat with Laura and I. It was an incredible discussion and the resources in the archive are incredible (as always)!

This week Laura and I will be leading a discussion on bullying and we hope you will be there with us.

Bullying has always been a problem in schools consisting of physical and emotional harassment of students for their appearance, level of intelligence, lifestyle choices among many other things.  But what happens when the bullying is no longer regulated to the schoolyard or the children?  Today #whatisschool takes a close look at bullying in the digital age.


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83 percent of girls, and 79 percent of boys report being bullied either in school or online. – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ defines bullying as “intentionally aggressive, usually repeated” verbal, social, or physical behaviour aimed at a specific person or group of people. Some bullying actions are considered criminal and well-documented cases of on-line bullying have led to victim suicide.  But bullying alone is not illegal.

At least 10% of teachers have reported being harassed or abused online. Virtual Violence Report II, Commissioned by NAHT.

When people think of bullying an image of an older or bigger student intimidating one that is smaller or weaker most often comes to mind. But with the reach and anonymity technology affords, students are no longer the only victims.  Snide and hurtful remarks aimed at teachers, school administrators, students and parents crop up regularly on popular chat and social media sites and can result in lasting damage to emotional well being, lost confidence, self worth and enthusiasm towards work and studies. So how do we stop it?

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Join the conversation on Thursday 11 June at 7pm EDT (Thursday 11pm GMT, Friday 9am AEST, 11am NZT, 7am Singapore) as we discuss What Is School? #whatisschool

Questions #whatisschool, June 11, 2015 7PM EDT

1) Have you ever experienced or witnessed an incident of virtual or on-campus bullying, what did you do?

2) How can teachers intervene without escalating the bullying?

3) What does your school do to reduce bullying? What measures are in place?

4) How can you teach students positive ways to use digital tools for expression, communication?

5) Have you found any programs that have given you or your students tools to reduce or eliminate bullying?

6) How can school culture change to eliminate in school and cyberbullying?

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Craig Kemp

Craig Kemp

I am a passionate Global EdTech Consultant based in Singapore but working with Schools and EdTech companies all over the world. I am a lifelong learner, dream creator and thought leader. I love to inspire others and find inspiration. Co-founder of #whatisschool, #asiaED edchats and #pubPD.

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