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Cyberbullying – Teach Awareness and Responses

As educators, we strive to promote a climate of respect. Bullying behavior is evident on the playground, but it is more difficult to detect and respond to when it takes place online. In addition, students need to recognize cyberbullying. They need to know when the line is crossed and a joke or teasing has gone too far. The first step is to build an awareness of cyberbullying. Next, students should know what they can do and who they can go to for help if they are a victim. Promote a community of responsible digital citizens in the classroom.

What Is a Cyberbully?

cyberbullyingCyberbullies are people who threaten another person by using the Internet to post hurtful or embarrassing messages, images, or videos. Cyberbullies can make a person feel scared, worried, or angry.

Often a bully will say that the message “was just a joke.” Cyberbullying is NO JOKING MATTER and it is NOT FUNNY.

Cyberbullying is illegal. In some countries cyberbullying is a hate crime that can result in a fine or jail time. In other countries, cyberbullying is slander and a lawsuit can be filed against the bully. At some schools, cyberbullying is a reason for expulsion or cause to ban use of Internet at school.

Do Not Be a Cyberbully

Be a responsible digital citizen. Do not be a bully!

  • Do not continue to e-mail someone after they have asked you to stop.
  • Do not post any comments online, using e-mail, chat, or social media sites, which would be hurtful or embarrassing to another person.
  • Do not threaten anyone using e-mail, chat, or social media sites.
  • Do not post or tag a picture of anyone without their consent.
  • Do not share personal information about another person without their consent.

What Should You Do if You are a Victim of Cyberbullying?

When you are bullied it can make you feel worried or scared. Do not ignore the problem. You can stop cyberbullying. To do this:

  • Tell an adult about the bullying.
  • Do not delete the message from the bully. It is evidence.
  • Inform your Internet service provider. They can help find the identity of the bully.
  • If a message contains a death threat or threat to cause bodily harm, contact the police.

What Can You Do to Stop Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying can be done using e-mail, instant messaging, bulletin boards, websites, polling booths, and more.

  • E-Mail: Cyberbullies send hateful messages to a person using e-mail. Often the cyberbully will register for a free e-mail account so no one will be able to guess their identity. They may register for an e-mail address that has a threatening tone such as kickname@live.ca.

    What can you do if you are a victim? Add the e-mail address of the sender to a blocked e-mail list. This will stop new messages from being delivered. It is possible to trace the source of an e-mail. You can contact the Internet service provider of the e-mail account to try to get the company to delete the e-mail address of the cyberbully.

  • Instant Messaging: Cyberbullies send hateful messages to a person using chat software. Often the cyberbully will change their nickname to include a nasty message such as “Name is ugly” or ” I hate name.” Everyone who receives an instant message from the cyberbully will be able to read the mean nickname.

    What can you do if you are a victim? Add the contact information of the sender to a blocked list. This will stop new messages from being delivered. If the cyberbully is a student, you can contact their parent or teacher to let them know about the abuse.

  • Bulletin Boards: Cyberbullies post hateful messages to a bulletin board that people can read. The messages often include the victim’s telephone number or e-mail address to get other people to abuse the person.

    What can you do if you are a victim? Contact the manager of the bulletin board. The manager can delete the hateful message and stop the cyberbully from posting any new messages.

  • Websites: Cyberbullies create web pages that have mean pictures or hateful information about another person.

    What can you do if you are a victim? Most Internet service providers have rules about the content of websites. When cyberbullies create hateful web pages they are breaking the rules. The Internet service provider can request that the bully remove the content on the web page or delete the website.

  • Polling Booths: Cyberbullies post online surveys where people vote for the ugliest, fattest, dumbest boy or girl.

    What can you do if you are a victim? Polling booths are often part of a service offered by an online social community. Most communities have rules about the content members can post. When cyberbullies create hateful polls they are breaking the rules. The operator of the social community can request that the bully remove the poll or delete their member account.

  • Imposter: Cyberbullies will hack into the victim’s account. As an imposter, they will send fake e-mails or post rude comments.

    What can you do if you are a victim? Protect your identity. To do this, create a password that is difficult to guess. Do not tell your password to anyone, except your parent or teacher. Always log out when you leave a computer. If someone hacks into your account, change your password right away.

For more Internet activities and digital citizenship lessons, see TechnoKids’ technology project TechnoInternet.

Webcam Tips

webcam sitesWhat do you think about using webcams as part of your curriculum unit? Read each statement.

  1. I want my class to learn Internet search skills.
  2. My students can’t find any good webcam sites.
  3. We have wasted lots of time in the computer lab using webcam sites.
If you answered 1, 2, or 3 read on!
Here are some tips for you and your students when looking for webcam sites:
  • Use effective keywords to search: Here are some ideas to use as search terms to find webcam sites. Bookmark your favorites!
  • museum webcam underwater webcam railway webcam ski webcam
    zoo cams theme park webcam traffic webcam live New York webcam
    live street camera Hawaii webcam beach webcam national park webcam
  • Unable to see webcam: Some web pages place an online form or advertising over top of the camera. You must close the form or ad before you can see the webcam.
  • Use government webcams: Some web pages have too many advertisements. However, government web pages tend to have no advertising.
  • Visit well-known places: Famous museums, national parks, theme parks, and landmarks tend to have quality webcams that work.
  • Use the word “live”: To avoid viewing static pictures use the word live in your search word so that you will only find real-time video.
  • Consider the time of day: Webcams are from around the world. While you are awake, in other parts of the world the people might be asleep. If you view a webcam in the middle of the night, it is likely to be dark or there may not be anything happening.
  • Be patient: You might be viewing a webcam from very far away. It can take time for the webcam to load on the web page.
  • Webcam time limits: Some websites restrict the amount of time you can watch the webcam feed. Some will force you to refresh the page before it can be viewed again.

Fun Digital Citizenship Activities

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Are you looking for lesson plans? TechnoInternet teaches students how to explore the Internet safely. Have your students pin markers on their Internet map as they journey online. Learn digital citizenship, Internet safety, search strategies, research skills, and more. Read more about TechnoInternet, see sample lessons, learning objectives, and teacher reviews here.

Print Speaker Notes with PowerPoint 365 Online

In a previous post, I reflected on the importance of teaching effective public speaking strategies. In preparation for presenting a slide show project, we need to coach students with guidelines and tips on how to give a presentation that will engage the audience. TechnoPresenter is a TechnoKids project that specifically focuses on teaching presentation skills. Teach students how to include speaker notes as a valuable aid when presenting.

As slides are created for a PowerPoint presentation, notes should be added in the pane below the slide. These notes can include additional information that does not appear on the slides and anecdotes to spark audience interest. Presenters are cautioned not to read from their notes, but rather to use them as a cue.

Using PowerPoint 365 Online presents some challenges to print the speaker notes.

Use Option 1 if you have access to a full desktop version of PowerPoint.
Use Option 2 if you only have the Office 365 Online version of PowerPoint.

Option 1: Print Speaker Notes using PowerPoint

You can only use this option if you have the full desktop version of PowerPoint.

  1. Use email to send the file to a person who has the full version of PowerPoint:
    • Open the presentation in PowerPoint Online.
    • Click Share.
    • Enter the email and a brief message.
    • print speaker notes

    • Click Share.

  2. Open the presentation on a computer with the full version of PowerPoint:
    • Open the presentation in OneDrive. Click Edit Presentation and choose Edit in PowerPoint.
      OR With the presentation open in PowerPoint Online, click Open in PowerPoint.
      OR Click on the file received by email.

  3. From the File tab, click Print.
  4. Click the Full Page Slides option.
  5. Select Notes Pages.
  6. print speaker notes
    print speaker notes

  7. Click Print to send the file to the printer.

Option 2 Print Notes from the Browser

If you only have PowerPoint 365 Online you will print each slide of the slide show separately. You may have to make adjustments until all notes are visible, depending on which browser you are using.
Note: Printing from the browser only allows about 3 lines of notes. You may have to shorten your notes to make them fit or you can put all the sentences in one paragraph.

  1. Open the presentation in PowerPoint Online.
  2. Open the first slide that has notes. Make sure Notes is selected in the View tab.
  3. Locate the Print option in your browser.
    TIP: In Internet Explorer or Edge, Print may be in Settings or Tools. In Google Chrome it may be in Customize and Control Google Chrome.
  4. Pick Print Preview.
  5. Look carefully at the preview to see if you can read all of the notes easily.
    If not, change orientation and scale.
  6. Click Print. Repeat to print the last slide.

print speaker notes

Reflection Questions for Biography Projects

biography reflection questions

Biographies do more than inform readers about a remarkable life. These true life stories explain the contributions of a notable person. A study of a hero or famous figure provides advice and insight for life lessons. Biographies can offer motivation and inspiration as the reader makes connections to their own experiences. Reflection after reading or writing a biography provides further learning. History becomes more meaningful and relevant. As students consider the positive contributions of a successful life as well as the struggles, mistakes, failures and character flaws, they can find things in common with their own lives.

Biographies and You: Reflection Questions

After a biography study, students pick a question, discuss their insights with their peers, and write a short response.
reflection questions for biographies

  1. How does the person inspire you to act?
  2. How does the life of this person make you believe your dreams can come true?
  3. What hope for the future does this person give to you?
  4. What character trait does the person possess that you wished you had? Why?
  5. What was the person’s secret to success? How can you apply this secret to your own life?
  6. What can you do today as a direct result of the person’s contributions?
  7. What emotions does this person make you feel?
  8. How does their life story help you to understand a different viewpoint?
  9. What change has happened in the way you think as a result of reading the biography?
  10. What experiences did the person have that are similar to your own life?
  11. What character traits do you share with the person?
  12. What fact did you find most interesting about the person? Why?
  13. Who do you know that is similar to the person? How are they the same?
  14. What do you think would be different today if the person had not lived?
  15. What celebrity should play the person in a movie? Why?
  16. What does this person’s life tell you about the time in which they lived?
  17. Why would you recommend this biography to another reader?
  18. If you could talk to the person, what question would you ask?
  19. Would you like to be the person? Why or why not?
  20. Would you like to be the son or daughter of the person? Why or why not?

TechnoBiography is a project-based technology project reflection questionsin which students are guided through online research about a notable figure, write a personal history organized with headings, list contributions with a graphic organizer, and create a table showcasing artifacts. The completed Ebook is shared in Google Apps or Office 365 Online.