The American Federation of Teachers is fully committed to the fight against bullying, whether it affects schoolchildren on campus or off. Bullying is a community issue that extends beyond the school campus and is prevalent online. AFT is partnering with educators, school leaders, parents, and community and advocacy groups to recognize, prevent, and combat bullying.
Visit www.aft.org/bully to find resources that educators, parents, and students can use to enlist in this “See a Bully, Stop a Bully: Make a Difference” campaign. For instance, you can register online at this site for an upcoming Webinar on cyberbullying: “Press Delete on Digital Abuse.” Here’s the description of the subject matter covered in this Webinar, which will run from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Central Daylight Time on Thursday, October 13:
“The rapid evolution of digital media and technology brings extraordinary opportunities as well as serious risks for young people. Students can explore, connect, create and learn in ways never before imagined thanks to the immense power of smartphones, Facebook and online applications. But issues that emerge with this 24/7 connected culture—from cyberbullying to stalking—are threatening school safety and distracting students from classroom learning.
“Learn information and practical skills to help educators empower their students to be safe, responsible and savvy as they navigate this fast paced digital world. This webinar:
–Offers quick strategies for seeing and stopping cyberbullying, including how to turn students into ‘upstanders’ against abuse.
–Describes model school policies for preventing and responding to sexting, digital disrespect and cyberstalking.
–Gives easy to use tools to help educators prepare kids to draw and defend healthy digital boundaries.”