I Was Cyberbullied
-For Grades 7 & Up
-DVD + Printable Teaching Guide
Program presents three real-life stories from kids who were targets of cyberbullying attacks and offers viewers practical suggestions for how to avoid being victimized by this new, rapidly-spreading type of bullying.
Program presents three real-life stories from kids who were targets of cyberbullying attacks and offers viewers practical suggestions for how to avoid being victimized by this new, rapidly-spreading type of bullying. Each story highlights important tips such as: only post the type of information online that you would be comfortable with others seeing; remember that once an email or photo is posted online, you can’t take it back; avoid responding to vicious texts or emails that might escalate a situation further; and know when to turn to a trusted adult for help. Renowned “bully coach” Joel Haber leads a discussion on how serious and damaging cyberbullying can be, and touches upon recent cases of children committing suicide after being cyberbullied. This timely program will strike a chord with all viewers-those who may have been victimized as well as those who may have thought that cyberbullying was “no big deal.”
Consultant: Joel Haber PhD, “The Bully Coach”
Includes: 23-minute video, printable teacher’s resource book, and student handouts with pre/post tests.
DVD contains Spanish subtitles.
Sample Video Clip:
Bronze Telly Award
CINE Golden Eagle Award
Highly Recommended The message is out. Anyone can be cyberbullied and anyone can be a cyberbully. The proliferation of social networks makes a lot of us vulnerable. This video attempts to warn people, particularly young teens, about the pitfalls of becoming a victim. Featured are three teens who were victims of cyberbullying and how they handled their particular situation. Sound advice for teens—keep private information private. Use common sense. Don’t respond. Do seek help from a trusted adult. The video is accompanied by a helpful Teacher’s Resource Book. The book also contains additional information about the faces of cyberbullying, more stories and fact sheets with data and links to online resources. A computer file is available on the DVD. This video can easily serve a classroom teacher in health or self-awareness classes. Highly recommended for teens and young adults.
– Veronica Maher, Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island
Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO)
Bullying and cyberbullying have become growing concerns to school personnel and others who care about the mental and physical health of teens.This program presents definitions, examples, and solutions for this troubling epidemic. Research has found that almost half of American teens have been cyberbullied.It hurts victims, like physical bullying, except that the hurtful words and images sent by cell phones and through the Internet are more lasting.Three real-life cyberbullying experiences are described by the victims, and two teen hosts explain the best ways to counteract it: Stop (don’t react), Block (don’t accept communications from the bullies), and Tell (a trusted adult, if necessary.) “Bully coach” Joel Haber, PhD, gives expert testimony about the phenomenon, how to avoid being a victim, and ways to stop it. The teacher’s resource binder contain an entire curriculum on the topic, including pre- and post-tests, student activities, examples of cyberbullycide, and fact sheets on legislative action against cyberbullying listed by state. This timely program is appropriate for middle and high school health and computer ethics classes and clubs.
– Ann Weber, Bellarmine College Prep., San Jose, CA
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