A lesson on cyberbullying and digital citizenship

From January 28-February 3, 2018, we will celebrate Catholic Schools Week  – an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Around the Diocese of Orlando, schools will celebrate with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to Church, local communities and the nation.

Catch up on the Office of Schools with their January 2018 Lumen Christi Newsletter (Latin for Light of Christ) where they share a lesson on cyberbullying and digital citizenship and more! Here’s a preview:

A lot has changed since the introduction of smartphones, iPads, laptops, gaming stations, etc. With the variety of social media apps and networks readily available to our students, one key area parents and educators need to focus on is the prevalence of cyberbullying. Here are some current statistics about cyberbullying:

  • 87 percent of today’s youth have witnessed cyberbullying
  • Close to 34 percent of students acknowledge that they have experienced cyberbullying
  • 15 percent of surveyed students admit to cyberbullying others
  • 24 percent of our sons and daughters report that they do not know what to do if they would be harassed
  • 39 percent of our children do not enable their privacy settings on social media
  • One out of three kids feel they are more accepted on social media networks than in real life

Common Sense Media has developed cyberbullying prevention resources and classroom lessons on digital
citizenship. As educators it is our responsibility to create a school climate where respect for diversity and skills
is valued. Therefore, we need to educate students, families, and other teachers how to behave ethically online
to prevent cyberbullying…

By the Office of Schools January 2018 Lumen Christi Newsletter