Please continue to write courtious responses that follow the Rubric (Excellent) instructions. This instructor does not accept opinions. Fact based with adequate references and citations. It is imperative that you use APA 7 format at all times.
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Respond to 4 postings. Your responses should incorporate additional information or ideas, encourage or coach, or add content to the discussion.
1. Mackenzie Neth
I enjoyed the approach Trisha Prabhu referenced during the TED talk video. I think her experiment of creating a pop-up question when a rude comment is going to be posted is a great idea. I feel this way because teens or anyone for that matter who is sending hurtful messages is required to rethink their message and are given the option to edit their response. According to Prabhu (2015) roughly 93% of people who received the rethink message decided to not send the message with hurtful language. When looking at a parental approach to stopping cyberbullying there are a few ways parents can help. One approach parents can take is monitoring their children’s devices. Parents can teach their child about privacy settings on their devices along with location services and how to turn them off. Along with this parents can go through their child’s social media with them monthly (Gordon, 2021). Gordon (2021) also states “Together along with your teen, be sure your teen’s posts and photos are sending the message they want others to receive”. This is very important in stopping cyberbullying because parents want to make sure their children are also being friendly users on their social media sites. Parents can also teach their children to stay away from cyberbullying by refusing to respond to bullies and reporting them (Gordon, 2021). I feel this can be helpful because it helps parents be in the know with what their child is playing and who they are interacting with but also helps the parents to teach openness to their children and the importance of sharing cyberbullying events with them. Lastly, an approach that can be made both at home and within the classroom setting to stop cyberbullying is setting limits on electronics. Kevorkian (n.d) says “Help your child learn to make responsible decisions about using technology by establishing guidelines and exerting control when necessary”. I like what is said here because it is allowing the children to have some freedom with their electronic use but if needed parents can step in and set firm boundaries. I think helping children to understand why there are boundaries when it comes to technology can also be a prevention tactic as children can do better with boundaries when they are told why it is a boundary.
2. Megan Hope
Personally, I really resonated with Prabhu (2015). She brought up some good points that an adolescent’s brain isn’t fully developed until they’re 25 and sometimes they just need a reminder or a second chance to think through what they’re posting. For me, I’ve done something similar on my phone, but with time limits for my apps. I have settings on my phone that will turn off the app after a set amount of time and then I have to consciously choose if I’m going to stop or extend the time limit. I chose to do this because I recognized it was something I needed to help break me from my habits and help improve my time-management skills. I think everyone has something they can improve on, especially when it comes to technology. I had heard of the “rethink” app that Prabhu (2015) has created before and I love the concept! I think that stopping cyberbullying at the cause, the bully, would be the best long-term solution. I think that humans and children inherently want to be kind. Sometimes they just need to take a breath and let their brain truly filter out what they want to do. This can take the impulsiveness out of an adolescent’s behavior and allow them to truly be the best version of themselves. Sussman and DeJong (2018) state that “adolescents may not fully understand the implications for privacy and the permanence of content posted on the Internet” and are therefore more reckless than in-person (p. 112). Internet safety courses can help with this as well. I think the more times that information is repeated to an adolescent, the more likely he or she is to remember the information. However, I think that reading or seeing something offensive on the internet can cause a child’s ‘fight-or-flight’ response to act up and they will act impulsively. As mentioned above, I believe that most, if not all, children want to do what’s right. I’ve seen that in my classrooms and in my interactions with family members. Yes, there are some people who are more prone to be mean, but I don’t believe that’s the majority. So, why do a majority of teens report being a part of cyberbullying (either as the victim or the bully)? I truly believe it goes back to the impulsive nature of adolescents and the fact they’re still learning to listen to their conscience instead of their peers. Having an app, or a post-it, to give them a reminder can truly help. I know because it helps me when I’m trying to overcome some of my shortfalls. If it works for an adult, it will work for a child or teenager.
3. David Watson
I believe the best approach to limit or stop cyberbullying of children and youth is to empower children and taking steps as adults to educate them. Children should be encouraged to report cyberbullying, keep evidence to identify a bully, and to not retaliate (Rogers, 2019, p.19). As adults, we can educate children on the seriousness of cyber bullying. When children believe they are being victimized, they should know that help is available. Through the many different social media apps available, sharing the many images of cyberbullying can empower youth to act. Adults can also educate children on the seriousness of cyberbullying and their actions. Parents and teachers should be more observing in the site’s children have access to. Through school’s email systems, parents and teachers should teach children how to safely communicate and interact with others on the web. Being technologically aware of children’s habits online can help stop cyberbullying. By teaching children to not retaliate, they can possibly help lure a bully out of their hiding. Children should be aware of how small cyberbullying can look like. I believe the responses children and youth take can help prevent them from further bullying or feelings of pain and sadness. Being attentive and observing adults can discourage the acts of a bully especially on school premises. Knowing how to block a bully and seek an appropriate adult can stop cyberbullying. The best approach Is being proactive as adults to create proactive children and youth. Cyberbullies may choose to do harm to others based on their own struggles and insecurities. As adults, we should teach this to children, so they know how much power they have in ending acts of cyberbullying.
4. Tiffany Pannell
When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior, they send the message that it is not acceptable (Kowalski, 2012). Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy. We all want cyberbullying to stop, which is one of the reasons reporting cyberbullying is so important. But creating the Internet we want goes beyond calling out bullying. We need to be thoughtful about what we share or say that may hurt others. We need to be kind to one another online and in real life. It’s really up to us. However, it is important to remember that punishment is not always the most effective way to change the behavior of bullies. It is often better to focus on repairing the harm and mending the relationship Kowalski, 2012). As a result, it is important for parents, guardians and teachers to ensure that they monitor the activities that teens and children conduct on the internet in order to ensure that they are safe. Also, the first line of defense against cyberbullying could be you. Think about where cyberbullying happens in your community and ways you can help by raising your voice, calling out bullies, reaching out to trusted adults or by creating awareness of the issue. Even a simple act of kindness can go a long way.
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