I have just noticed a news item about a girl who committed suicide who had been cyber bullied. There have also been some newspaper articles regarding this recently. In one of them the principal stated that students don’t have access to Facebook at school. I wonder does he really not know that most students have unlimited access on their mobile phones?
I attended a mental health conference held by Dr Michael Carr-Greggs on the second last day of term. He was an excellent speaker and provided alot of information that teachers really need to know. I realized that the library needs to have information for students displayed especially help lines and also websites. He pointed out that many students would prefer to get help online as that is where they feel most comfortable such as eheadspace. He also spoke about online computer games such as reachoutcentral or moodgym. Also the need to raise the levels of EMOTIONAL LITERACY
Our school has developed anti bullying programs that will be taught to year 7 in the first term of school. We have had ongoing problems with year 7 last year especially in regards to cyber bullying and have often had the police liaison officer at school. Ethical use of technology needs to be reinforced across the school. It has been suggested that a safe school policy be developed WITH the students.
He also spoke about practicing random acts of kindness starting a gratitude journal at happyrambles and encouraging students to do the same. I also need to check out actionforhappiness and authentichappiness.com
Also need to check out the National Centre Against Bullying website.