Prevent Cyber Bullying, James Cook University [Website]

Carter, Margaret Anne, and M'Balla-Ndi, Marie (2013) Prevent Cyber Bullying, James Cook University [Website]. James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

I'd like to welcome you to our website, developed to educate students and staff about preventing cyber bullying and being safe in the online world.

Digital citizenship, social responsibility, digital reputation, and digital safety are some of the themes explored on this site.

Our multidisciplinary team of academics working in guidance and counselling, journalism and creative writing at James Cook University Australia have worked with students, staff and community members in developing the content on the site.

Our work with journalism students in a video production class has involved them developing scripts and producing videos that imagined cyber bullying scenarios, some of which are uploaded on the site.

We welcome ongoing feedback and suggestions for improving our prevent cyber bullying site.

The effectiveness of educating individuals in higher education on the ethics of the Online world, in particular cyberbullying, has driven the development of this interactive ground-breaking educational website. Content on the site is directed toward conscientious connectivity. Engaging with the content on the site provides visitors with opportunities to: (1) broaden their knowledge of cyberbullying; (2) respond constructively to stop the bullying; (3) become more informed about breaking the cycle of cyber bullying.

Research Statement

Research Background With the rapid developments of information communication technologies in the 21st century and the increasing time individuals are dedicating to online activities, engagement with social media has become a conundrum – perceived by many as the medium for moving beyond their current life experiences, accessing information anywhere, anytime; perceived by others as dangerous due to the potential serious psychological exposure to harm of cyberbullying (Mitchell, Finkelhor, & Wolak, 2003; Li, 2006; Ybarra & Mitchell, 2008; Ang & Goh, 2010; Tokunaga, 2010).
Research Contribution The effectiveness of educating students and staff in higher education on the impact of cyber bullying has received limited attention in the literature.It is this scarcity of research that has driven this research, the development of a student informed educational website to inform students and staff in post-secondary contexts about cyber safety and the very real consequences of cyber bullying for people's lives.
Research Significance The project is directed at improving online ethical practice in higher education. Encouraging responsible and reflective engagement in the use of online resources offers students and staff the opportunity to enhance the use of critical thinking, a crucial skill users need to assess any ethical dilemmas of the online world.
Item ID: 45335
Item Type: Other
Keywords: cyber bullying; higher education; education website
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2016 03:10
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130305 Educational Counselling @ 30%
13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education @ 70%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment @ 60%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930104 Moral and Social Development (incl. Affect) @ 30%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9304 School/Institution > 930499 School/Institution not elsewhere classified @ 10%
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