Combat Keiki Cyberbullying


ONLINE IS SERIOUS ISSUE…AND UNFORTUNATELY VERY COMMON. SHELI ANN SUZUKI, EDUCATIONAL SPECIALIST, JOINS US THIS MORNING TO TALK ABOUT CYBE WITH NEARLY EVERYONE ON SOCIAL MEDIA THESE DAYS, GETTING HARASSED ON-LINE IS EASY. GOOD MORNING. GOOD MORNING, KELLY. THIS IS A BIG PROBLEM THESE DAYS. ALL OF OUR KEIKI ARE ON ALL HILO THESE DIFFERENT SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS. SO WHAT STEPS ARE BEING DONE TO PREVENT CYBER BULLYING. WE’RE COMMITTED TO PROVIDING NURTURING, CARING AND SAFE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL COMMUNITY AND THIS INCLUDES STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF AND TEACHERS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS. WE LAUNCH THE ANTI-BULLYING AD IN JANUARY THIS YEAR TO MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND AS PART OF THIS APP, STUDENTS ARE ABLE TO REPORT ANY BULLYING INCIDENCES THAT OCCUR ON CAMPUSES AND ANY ACTIVITIES. AGAIN, THIS APP IS NOT TO REPLACE THE TRUSTING RELATIONSHIPS THAT STUDENTS HAVE WITH THEIR TEACHERS, COUNSELORS AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS, AND STUDENTS CAN DOWNLOAD THIS APP ON THE APPLE APP STORE AS WELL AS THE GOOGLE PLAY. IS THAT A FREE APP? YES, IT IS. OKAY. WONDERFUL. THAT’S A GREAT OPTION BECAUSE A LOT OF TIMES TOO WHEN THIS IS HAPPENING, MAYBE THE KIDS DON’T FEEL COMFORTABLE STEPPING FORWARD AND TALKING TO SOMEONE. THIS IS A WAY OF DOING IT I GUESS ON A PLATFORM THEY ARE USED TO. SO MANY KIDS ARE ON THESE APPS ALREADY. THIS IS JUST ANOTHER APP FOR THEM TO REPORT SOMETHING. I THINK THIS IS AN AWESOME IDEA. IF STUDENTS OR PARENTS WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE APP, WHERE CAN THEY GO? THEY CAN REACH OUT TO THEIR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS OR CHECK OUT GENERAL INFORMATION ON HAWAI’IPUBLICSCHOOLS.ORG WEBSITE. ARE THERE ANY OTHER STEPS AGAINST CYBER BULLYING. IN ADDITION TO THE APP, CHAPTER 19 RULES AND AS PART OF THE REVISION, WE HAVE DEFINITIONS, WE HAVE UPDATED DEFINITIONS, A COMPLAINT PROCESS AND RECLASSIFICATION OF OFFENSES. WITH ALL OF THE DIFFERENT AGAIN SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS AND IT NEWER ISSUE, TIMES ARE CHANGING AND SO I GUESS THE RULES AND DEFINITIONS ARE GOING TO BE HAVING TO AS WELL. RIGHT? IF A CHILD IS BEING CYBER BULLIED AT SCHOOL AND A PARENT BECOMES AWARE, BECAUSE OF COURSE ALL OF THE PARENTS SHOULD WILL BE MONITORING THEIR CHILD’S SOCIAL MEDIA ACTIVITY, WHAT CAN THE PARENTS DO TO STEP IN? TO SPEAK AT ADMINISTRATOR AND IF THEY FEEL COMFORTABLE SHOULD SPEAK TO THE TEACHER AS WELL AS A SCHOOL COUNSELOR. IT’S SO MUCH EASIER TO DO ON-LINE. WHEN IT COMES TO BULLYING, IT’S TERRIBLE IN GENERAL. NOWADAYS TOO, IT’S EASIER TO DO WHEN YOU’RE BEHIND A SCREEN. I THINK THERE’S A GOOD CHANCE THAT A LOT MORE KIDS ARE BEING BULLIED THROUGH THIS ROUTE NOWADAYS THAN EVEN BEFORE. IT’S DEFINITELY A BIG ISSUE, SO DEFINITELY SOMETHING THAT CAN — PARENTS, KEIKI, EVERYONE HAS TO BE LOOKING OUT FOR EACH OTHER ESPECIALLY IN THIS TIME, IN THIS DAY AND AGE. IT’S SO DIFFERENT. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US AND THEN AGAIN TO DOWNLOAD THE APP, WHERE CAN WE GO? YOU CAN GO TO THE GOOGLE PLAY OR APPLE APP STORE. PERFECT. MAKE SURE YOU GET THAT AGAIN. IT IS A GOOD AVENUE FOR NOT ONLY KEIKI TO GET INVOLVED BUT CAN PARENTS ALSO BE A PART OF THIS APP? DEFINITELY. IF THE INTENTION WAS FOR STUDENTS OF COURSE TO REPORT THE INCIDENT BUT PARENTS CAN ASSIST THE CHILD IN FILLING OUT THE BULLYING INCIDENT ON THE APP. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING TO TALK ABOUT CYBER BULLYING BECAUSE IT IS A BIG ISSUE.