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Preventing Cyber Bullying without Prohibitions: Looking at Web Science from an Educational Perspective

Yasuda, Hirohiko (2009) Preventing Cyber Bullying without Prohibitions: Looking at Web Science from an Educational Perspective. In: Proceedings of the WebSci'09: Society On-Line, 18-20 March 2009, Athens, Greece. (In Press)

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Abstract

Cyber-bullying is a new form of bullying and is a great threat to children. It has been studied theoretically in each country but there is no solid solution or countermeasure to stop and prevent it. Every country lacks a solution to the problem. Teachers who are in charge of computer ethics have to keep up with the innovations of technology. Also, schools have to educate in limited time. School is apt to ban the use of mobile phones and the Internet in school. Methods of prohibition limit the ability of students to adapt themselves with new technology, and the effect of education is temporary. The progress of digital technology is so rapid that knowledge does not last long. It is most important that school does not forbid students to use all digital equipments or services in school or at home, and supports them to obtain the ability to learn of the new society which will be changed by technology in the future. The aim of this practice is preventing cyber-bullying with leaflets and newsletters which give information about events and cases to students, guardians and teachers. School supports them without the means of class to gain the extensive knowledge on an information-oriented society in the view point of Web Science. This approach is not seeking education by prohibitions, but aiming students’ abilities to be able to learn the meanings of an information-oriented society, in the context of case studies. This paper shows that most cyber-bullying is caused by ignorance of students about mobile phone and the Internet. The best course school can take is “prevention”. The biggest reason guardians can not give guidance to their children is that they are lacking in knowledge on mobile phones and the Internet and go along with children’s ways of using mobile phone and the Internet. This paper describes that the success of prevention of cyber-bullying in school depends on guardians. The guidance to guardians by school is very important to prevent cyber-bullying. This paper shows the results and effects, and issues and these countermeasures. The paper shows that the basic concept of prevention has no difference between cyber-bullying and traditional bullying. The different point is that significant knowledge on the power of technology is necessary to prevent cyber-bullying

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Web Science, cyber bullying, mobile phone, school violence, teacher training
Subjects:Web Science Events > Web Science 2009
ID Code:222
Deposited By: W S T Administrator
Deposited On:24 Jan 2009 08:45
Last Modified:25 Oct 2011 16:11

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