There is always so much debate over social media! Sites such as Facebook are great for catching up with friends, seeing what they’re up to, sharing pictures etc. however it can also be the place where cyber bullying can take place! Gabby talks about this issue in her blog named ICT and Safety. She states “There is a large concern regarding ICT and online safety especially when students are using it”. I thought that this was a very valid statement, so I did some research on the statistics on cyber bullying. Paul Fletcher has written an article, where I found that 1 in 5 Australian children between the age of eight to fifteen experienced cyber bullying! He says “Of course social media can very much be a force for good – and it can help to create a sense of community and belonging. But when things go wrong as they sometimes will, today it can be hard to get help (Fletcher, P. 2014)”.
As educators, we should be aware of this statistic, and implement strategies into classrooms to educate children about ICT safety, and how they can prevent it happening to them.
Fletcher, P. (2014). 1 in 5 Australian kids have experienced this. And the consequences can be devastating. Retrieved 10.3.2016 from http://www.mamamia.com.au/cyberbullying-statistics-in-australia/#u7UKuqOOJCu2uQYV.99