Category Archives: cyberbullying


I really like having the class discussions throughout the course of the semester. I really like listening to what other people have to say. On Tuesday, 4/8, we discussed the topic of cyber bullying. We talked about ways to stop cyber bullying. However, we came up with a dilemma, what do we define cyber bullying as? There is a wide range that holds a lot of grey area. So its hard to define really what cyber bullying is. The group who presented seemed really enthusiastic about their topic and I really think they have a great idea for what they want to do. During their presentation, they were tweeting links to the pages they were referencing. They even made a fake twitter of a girl who was being bullied by another girl. I really thought the girls presenting on tuesday did a wonderful job, they are definitely going the right way with their project.


The video in class almost made me cry honestly even though I knew it was only acting, but to know this stuff actually goes on and some people don’t stand up against it. Its actually sad to see how people don’t really take bullying in general serious until someone gets hurt. I honestly don’t see how people get away with it. There seems like there are laws into place for these types of situations but are they really solving this problem of bullying? Demi Lovato, one of my favorite singers is someone who I truly admire because of her standing up and speaking her mind about bullying. She is the ambassador for new anti-bullying campaign.

Demi Lovato speaks against bully ! 


Demi Lovato


This picture says it all! The end of bullying does begin with us, we need to stand up against bullying so it can be stopped !


Don’t Cyberbully the Internet Course!

HaHaA quick note on The Internet Course Paul Bond and I are teaching: it’s ruling! Paul blogged last week about how many chances we took with this course, and how much that has paid off. It’s really been an eye-opening experience. I have to admit it’s hard to come off a class like ds106 and not be tempted to try and reproduce that magic. I think we have smart to avoid making #TIC104 in the image of ds106 too early on. This course has to find t’s own identity, and we did that by really giving the reins over to the students.

Tonight was an excellent example of that. Since week three students have been running ever single class session. Through week ten every class featured panels of five to six students discussing various topics like the history of the internet, the infrastructure, copyright, digital identity, openness, etc. Since last week, students are working in groups of three and presenting on their final projects. Tonight, while Paul was in Pennsylvania and I was in Texas, Elizabeth, Melissa, and Kimberley did an amazing job bringing us in via Google Hangout and running the entire class for an hour and fifteen minutes.

What’s more, they live tweeted all the tweets, and even playacted bullying on Twitter in the background during the presentation using the hashtag: #ticfakecyberbully

They presented on their research on the emerging definition of cyberbullying, and how that is being framed legally in different states. What’s particularly interesting is how so many of these laws are mediated through schools. They did a nice job framing a working definition, exploring the popular media reaction, and looking at the actual legislation. The used another Twitter hashtag (#ticcyberbullying) to capture the cyberbullying resources they were discussing during the presentation:

The class discussion around this topic was intense. The differing viewpoints around legislating cyberbullying, the difficulties of context online, media exploitation, and the question of schools as the catch-all for today’s social problems, including cyberbullying, all came up. During the last few minutes there was a ground swell of what can people actually do to stem this kind of behavior. Some real raw emotion about pushing beyond the talking—love that.

Interestingly enough, we had at least four visitors who weren’t in the class come to tonight’s presentation because they were interested in the topic, and they they were an active part of the conversation. It was awesome.