The first question I would find out is who this Josh kid in the first place, before he was able to rope her in and then to go on and hurt her. As a parent, I would be a bit more hesitant to allow my kids have a MySpace or Facebook. There are age limits and I would only allow my young teenager to be on those sites when I was monitoring. I would also use those accounts as a teaching tool.
As I continued to watch the video, I could not believe that the account was created by an adult, to ‘spy’. This is simply crazy to me!!! Then to find out that there will be no punishment for the crime was unbelievable.
The documentary would be a great teaching tool. I appreciate the clear definition of bullying and the tie in to a real story. I thought the 'interviews' with the teachers and students would be effective to use in teaching about bullying and cyber bullying.
What can parents, educators, and/or the community do to prevent cyberbulling?
I feel that it is mostly the responsibility of the parents, educators and the community to help teach what cyberbullying is, how to identify it and how to report it. Parents can do things like teach and monitor, teachers can teach and monitor and the community can teach and monitor. Do any of these strategies sound redundant? Yes, they do, WE must teach and monitor to help prevent and deal with cyberbullying. Parents can set limits and boundaries to help, teachers can provide students with lessons in cyberbullying and the community can offer classes to parents and students to help make the topic more aware of, such as community education and the library.