Cyberbully Tips from the movie Cyberbully

This past Saturday night we as a family watch Cyberbully which was originally an ABC family movie via my sons Netflix account.  I had not had the opportunity to watch it when it was released.  What a great movie for a family to sit and watch.  I would recommend it for any family with kids in 5th grade and up.  It does a great job describing situations and allowing you to pause and have discussions about each point.

Probably the best part of the movie is towards the end when there is a support group talking and the kids provide tips to other kids about preventing cyberbullying.  I have pasted a link below to the YouTube site where the movie is available and suggest to you if you only would like the tips to go to the 1 hour and 8 minute mark and watch for about 3 minutes.  I believe it is the best 3 minutes you and your kids could watch and discuss.

YouTube —


Phil’s Internet Safety Tips for Parents

Here are just a few tips for parent’s to keep their kids safe on the internet.

  • People, not computers, should be their friends
  • Never meet an online friend in person
  • Stay out of Chat Rooms
  • “Google” your name and child’s name
  • Check and Monitor Profiles
  • Know who their “friends” are
  • Keep computer in common area (Family Room)
  • Beware of requests for personal information
  • Avoid posting personal photos
  • Keep private information private
  • Copy any inappropriate information
  • Do you know your child’s nickname? profile name? password? friends?

Facebook Search Engine

Facebook announced a new search engine option today.  Read more about it here.


Tip for kids having iPhone or iPad

Many times kids are wanting to have an iPhone and parents want to know of a way to keep track of what they are doing. One tip is to have the same itunes account setup on their iphone or ipad as the parents. This way all phones will sync with the same apps. The downside is if there is an app you as an adult would like the kids would also have it on their phone.

Successful Practicum

Today I taught my first lesson as posted the other night to 5th graders.  What a great day!  The kids were so great and respectful.  The whole lesson was a success and I really would not change much other than explaining a little bit better the of what I was looking for when having them list what information should be public and what information should be private.

Internet Safety

Today I have been working on an Internet Safety lesson plan for 5th graders.  I really enjoyed doing the research for this lesson.  Here are some of the details.

Lesson Title:

Internet Safety – Privacy of Information

National Education Technology Standards
–  5. Digital Citizenship
a. advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology


Student will show understanding of what information is private (phone number, address, school)
Students will learn what to do if asked inappropriate questions online


PDF file — Public or Private information
YouTube video Faux Paws Adventures —

Anticipatory Set:
Based on the previous activity in class of providing your favorite websites and apps on your phones I have been watching to see how good you have all been.  Today it is my goal to make sure you are being safe online and protecting what is yours.  I have been online and seeing what you do and to show you how your personal information is so easy to track let’s see who I have been able to follow in this room.

1.  All Stand Up
2.  Would all the Boys sit down
–  What does this show?
3.  If you do not use Instagram on your phone you can sit down.
–  What does this show?
4.  If your name is not Reli, you can sit down…thanks Reli…all good…you are safe..

Ultimately I asked 3 questions and most of them were not personal but general and see how fast I was able to have people sit down?  What does this show?

Sequence of Activities:

K-W-L on board

What do you KNOW about being safe on the internet?
What do you WANT to know about being safe on the internet?

Public vs. Private Information
Student with the partners fill out a chart giving example of
Private or Public Information
Each group will send one up to the board to write their answers
Hoping to get the following for being Private

* full name
* street address
* name of school
* school address
* email address
* home phone number
* passwords
* cell phone number
* parent’s place of work
* photos in which you can be recognized
Culminating Activity for Understanding
Show YouTube video Faux Paws Adventures —
–  Stop and ask during video what they saw is not right
–  Student should make appropriate connections to already presented content
–  Finish video

Questions to Ask:
What did we LEARN about being safe on the internet today?

Conclusion and Summary:

Hopefully you now have better knowledge to be using the Internet safely.

Cyberbullying: Just a little information…

After recent discussions with some kids I wanted to share a little from their perspective….

Students are always being talked to about Cyberybullying and what they should do about it.  The problem is many students don’t believe what the administrators or others are saying to them because they don’t believe they have the background and knowledge of what is “really happening” and what “really” should be done.  All district have Bullying policies and they vary in what the consequences may be.  Just a few comments about how you may wish to handle this when speaking with students..

1.  Make sure to understand the sites you discuss when talking with them.  If you don’t have the background on the sites then don’t use them as references.  For instance…It’s not really easy to bully on Tumblr…you can but it isn’t that common.  A lot bullying occurs on Formspring because it can be done anonymously.  Formspring can be used to either boost your confidence but mostly it is used to bully and cut people down.  Kids believe they can’t be caught when using this site.  Formspring uses a question box and allows people to respond.  So people anonymously put in the question box something like “Your a bad person”…

2.  Make sure if you discuss consequences that you can give real examples of those so students can relate directly.

3.  Sometimes the best person to come in and talk with the students is from the outside.  They may respect that person more for what information they are providing.

4.  Know that MySpace isn’t as popular as it once was..Facebook is popular but is not the only place bullying happens.

Hopefully students feel comfortable telling an adult about their own situations of being bullied and ask for help.  It is also my hope that students feel comfortable telling adults if they know someone who is being bullied.  Many kids want to help their friends but feel that they may be bullied if they tell..