Title

Backing Up for the Big Picture on Cyberbullying, Sexting and Online Shaming

Location

Percival

Strand #1

Safety & Violence Prevention

Strand #2

Social & Emotional Skills

Relevance

This session will address the strand of safety and violence prevention by presenting best practices and promising approaches to reducing youth risky behavior online (cyberbullying and sexting in particular) as well as promote the infusion of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in teaching positive digital citizenship.

Brief Program Description

Using research studies and case examples, this session will provide context and perspective for effective handling of social media issues at school. Participants will analyze both problematic, promising, and effective approaches to preventing youth risky behavior online and holistic strategies that promote positive digital citizenship.

Summary

This session will provide an overview of the research and key findings related to youth risky behavior online as well as examples of prevention or intervention strategies "gone awry." Case examples will be shared and analyzed for messages that tend to focus on scare tactics, or "removal of problematic behavior" rather than helping youth understand why the behavior itself is problematic. The session will then focus on incorporating a holistic approach to prevention that includes folding social-emotional learning, risk prevention, and ethical online behavior into the content areas that are most relevant. Strategies for partnering with youth for peer education and social norming campaigns regarding digital citizenship will also be included as a critical component.

Evidence

This session utilizes the research from a recent review of Internet Safety Education by the Crimes Against Children Research Center that notes that many Internet Safety Education programs fail to incorporate critical elements of effective prevention education. The report citation is: A Systematic Review of Effective Youth Prevention Education: Implications for Internet Safety Education

Jones, L.M., Mitchell, K., & Walsh, W.A. (2014)

In addition research-based strategies on positive social norms and SEL incorporation into bullying prevention will be included.

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Patricia Agatston is co-author of the book, Cyberbullying: Bullying in the Digital Age with Robin Kowalski, Ph.D., and Susan Limber, Ph.D. and has co-authored a chapter for the book, Expert Perspectives in Cyberbullying as well as a chapter for the book Media Violence and Children. She is also co-author of the Cyberbullying Curriculum for Grades 6 – 12 and the Cyberbullying Prevention Curriculum for Grades 3 - 5. Dr. Agatston is a certified trainer and technical assistance consultant for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. She has been quoted in articles on cyberbullying in The Washington Post, CNET news, Time Magazine, and the Christian Science Monitor. She has appeared on CNN as well as other local and national radio and television programs to discuss cyberbullying and other youth online risky behavior. She was a participant in the CDC’s Expert Panel on Electronic Media and Youth Violence, and the CDC’s Expert Panel on Youth Involvement in Bullying and Suicide-Related Behaviors. She has presented nationally and internationally on bullying, cyberbullying, and digital citizenship.

Keyword Descriptors

cyberbullying, internet safety, digital citizenship, sexting, positive social norms

Presentation Year

2016

Start Date

3-8-2016 8:30 AM

End Date

3-8-2016 9:45 AM

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Mar 8th, 8:30 AM Mar 8th, 9:45 AM

Backing Up for the Big Picture on Cyberbullying, Sexting and Online Shaming

Percival

Using research studies and case examples, this session will provide context and perspective for effective handling of social media issues at school. Participants will analyze both problematic, promising, and effective approaches to preventing youth risky behavior online and holistic strategies that promote positive digital citizenship.