Resources and discussion for parents, teachers and young people navigating the evolving landscape of the digital world.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cyberbullying Documentary Coming Spring 2011

From Submit: the virtual reality of Cyberbullying

Synopsis of the film...

It’s the year 2011 and the digital and mobile worlds are moving at a rapid pace. One in every five people across the world can access the internet and one in three have cell phones.

With the increase in online communication and social exchange, there comes the convenient ability for bullying to take place online as well as across mobile networks behind the veil of anonymity. This ‘cyberbullying’ has become a major problem for tweens and teens across the world; in some cases ending in physical abuse or death.

SUBMIT goes beyond the headlines; beyond the soundbites to show the lives of those kids who know only a digital world and must navigate its sometimes difficult waters every day.

Cyberbullying impacts the average kids who focus on school and having fun as teenagers. At any moment, with the push of a button, one of those kids gets targeted and becomes the main target for cyberbullying. Over time, without awareness from parents or actions from peers, he or she becomes miserable and they can go down a wrong path.

The fact is that these kids may feel alone, but they are not and SUBMIT shows that.

The fact is that technology is not the enemy, but parents must understand how their kids live with it, wield it and both benefit & suffer through it. SUBMIT shows that.

The fact is that there are experts, teachers, activists and politicians that understand cyberbullying and have dedicated their positions to control it; and stop it. SUBMIT shows that.

Cyberbullying continues to intensify across the digital world and we are at a tipping point. We must make the consequences clear and lead our kids to accept the responsibility that comes with a hyperconnected world.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Parent Survey!

If you are planning to attend our "Parenting in a Digital World" workshop Wednesday, January 19th (1:30-3:00 pm or 6:30-8:00 pm) in the Charles Wright Middle School Library, please help us out by participating in a short survey. Even if you cannot attend, we would appreciate your response to some quick questions. The survey is anonymous...results will be shared at the workshop. Thank you!

Take the Survey