This past week we have had some difficulty with cyberbullying in our building. These events, combined with yet another high-profile national example of how social media can be used to cause very traumatic harm, has promted us at PCHS to consider how we are working with our students to show them the proper ways to use social media and how much damage can be done both to the victims and perpetrators of cyberbullying. We have chosen to deal with it openly. For teachers to talk with their students about the personal harm that is done when students willfully post threats and negative statements about peers. We do not believe that banning social media is the answer to solving our problems as it is the behavior that needs to change. I created the following video and posted to my blog for the fac
ulty to use with their students. This video primarily focuses on cell phones and websites such as Facebook but it applies to all social networking opportunites. As an aside, I think the use of video as a means of communication for the school administrator is important way to connect with all stakeholders. It might be uncomfortable to see yourself online, but it does show your human side and lets both staff and students see the nonverbal communication that can be very important.