Middle School Educators Finding it Tough to Keep up with Social Media Problems

A new study of U.S. school principals finds that over half are "extremely concerned" about students' use of social media and only 14% feel "very prepared" to help them use social media responsibly. "It has a tremendous impact on the day-to-day culture of a school," said Daniel Kelley, the president of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the leader of Rhode Island's Smithfield High School (read more here). While many companies are pushing technology-solutions, researchers suggest that teaching students "digital citizenship" is a better way to go. Several states—such as Connecticut, Maine, Utah, and Washington—have passed bills promoting lessons to help with these issue

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Enjoy our newest video from the Cyber Civics: Level 1 Unit on "Cyberbullying and Digital Drama." It recaps the concepts students learn during this very important unit of our middle school digital literacy program. Students learn how to identify and distinguish cyberbullying from other online behaviors. It is: Online Intentional Hurtful Repeated And, most importantly, they learn what they can do if and when they see cruelty of any kind. They learn that they can be upstanders by: Asking the bully to stop. Giving comfort to the target. Taking a screen shot of the cruel behavior and telling a trusted adult. If every child was empowered with these simple skills, just imagine how much kinder the

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