Being Cybersmart

I was just reading a post by Michael about Cyber Safety. This an issue that can be easily forgotten about when teaching. The idea of cyber safety got me thinking about bullying and cyberbullying. My placement was in a year 7 class and even though they all seemed sweet and innocent in the class room as soon as they got out into the playground I saw their attitudes change dramatically. When children are out on the playground it is nearly impossible for teachers to monitor their behaviour. This is usually when bullying occurs. So it makes sense that when students are on the internet it is easy for them to bully as it is harder for adults to monitor their actions. As teachers I believe it is our responsibility to ensure the safety of the students when using the net this also means educating students about cyberbullying and the negative impacts it can have.