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Cyber Kids, Cyber Bullying, Cyber Balance

Cyber Kids, Cyber Bullying, Cyber Balance

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December 2009 | 184 pages | Corwin

"An easily understood introduction to today's wired culture and the potential hazards associated with online activities, most notably cyber bullying. The authors offer recommendations for prevention and intervention in a clear, programmatic way and the stories provide meaning in a way that descriptions cannot. Each chapter ends with reflective questions that provide important talking points about cyber bullying."
—Robin Kowalski, Professor of Psychology
Clemson University

"As a researcher of bullying, I really got some great ideas about how to handle the concept of cyber bullying. If I were Roger and Ebert, I would give this book two thumbs up. GREAT resource!"
—Rhonda Williams, Assistant Professor
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Use technology to boost student learning, improve school climate, and prevent cyber bullying!

Emphasizing prevention, assessment, and intervention as well as evaluation, this concise, proactive guide for busy educators offers techniques for helping today's tech-savvy students make balanced choices about using technology in ways that can advance learning and significantly reduce cyber bullying while improving school climate. Dramatically illustrating both the dangers and benefits of technology through real-life scenarios, Cyber Kids, Cyber Bullying, Cyber Balance includes:

  • Practical charts that identify cyber bullying warning signs, appropriate responses, and more
  • Abundant reproducibles such as student assessments, incident reports, and school evaluations
  • Legal guidelines that include an "acceptable use policy"
  • Questions ideal for further reflection and group study

About the Authors
Part I. Cyber Kids
1."Welcome to My World": Technology and Youth
2. "Lost in Cyberspace": Technology Travel
3. "It's a Small World After All": Use and Misuses of Technology
Part II. Cyber Bullying
4. "Sticks and Stones": An Overview of Cyber Bullying
5. "If You Can't Say Anything Nice": Vehicles of Cyber Bullying
6. "Houston, We Have a Problem": Responding to Cyber Bullying
Part III. Cyber Balance
7. "What's Up Doc?": Assessment
8. "This One Is Just Right": Interventions to Restore Balance
9. "An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure": Our Roles in Cyber Balance
Appendix A: Tell the Truth, Nothing But the Truth: Legal Issues Related to Student Online Speech

Appendix B: Internet Safety Agreement

Appendix C: Cyber Bullying Program Worksheet

Appendix D: Cyber Bullying Program Timeline Worksheet

Appendix E: Counselor/School Resource Chart and Parent Resource Chart

Appendix F: Cyber Youth Survey

Appendix G: School Cyber Bullying Survey

Appendix H: Cyber Bullying Incident Report

Appendix I: Cyber Bullying Student Assessment Form

Appendix J: Summary Assessment Considerations Chart

Appendix K: Skill-Building Resource Table

Appendix L: Story

Appendix M: Educational Interventions

Appendix N: Cyber Bullying Educational Resource Guide

Appendix O: Master Calendar

Appendix P: Word Search

Appendix Q: Program Evaluation

Appendix R: Certificate

Appendix S: Certification Test

References and Further Reading

"An easily understood introduction to the wired culture in which the youth of today live and the potential hazards, most notably cyber bullying, associated with online activities. Recommendations for preventing cyber bullying in the first place and intervening in instances that occur are provided in a clear, programmatic way. The cyber bullying stories give an inside look into cyber bullying in a way that simply describing research cannot. The book will appeal to those conducting research in the area of cyber bullying, but will also be beneficial to school administrators and counselors as well as parents. Each chapter ends with reflective questions that will provide both parents and teachers with important talking points related to cyber bullying.”

Robin Kowalski, Professor of Psychology
Clemson University

“As a researcher of bullying, I really got some great ideas about how to handle this new concept of cyberbullying. If I were Roger and Ebert, I would give this two thumbs up. GREAT resource!”

Rhonda Williams, Assistant Professor
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

"Trolley and her associates approach issues of cyber bullying from the very practical, very hands-on level of the cyber kids—around the world and down the block. The overall theme is restoring balance: balance among kids, families, educational professionals, and the technologies themselves. This book provides insights and practical tools to help cyber kids navigate safely and securely through this new technological world. It is a very useful addition to a growing set of resources for both professionals and parents.”

Mike Donlin, Senior Program Consultant
Seattle Public Schools, Seattle WA

“Whether we like it or not, teens are tightly tied to technology. While most adolescents are responsible in their use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices, some are not. In Cyber Kids, Cyber Bullying, Cyber Balance, the authors help bring adults up to speed by pulling together information from a variety of sources to illustrate the varied ways in which adolescents use and misuse technology. The book provides parents, teachers, and other youth-serving adults with sensible strategies to help bring balance back to the technology utilization of the children they supervise. The 'cyber story' features interspersed throughout the text help paint a clear picture of the role of technology in the lives of youth using real-life stories. Readers are sure to learn something about the positive and not-so-positive ways adolescents utilize technology.”

Justin Patchin, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Coauthor, Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard

"Trolley and her colleagues draw upon a vast array of resources to get a sense of how children and youth use technology. Packaged with real-life stories, practical examples, and applications, this book is very informative for parents and educators of all types."

Qing Li, Education Professor
University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

“This book is a useful manual filled with concise information, valuable tools, and a proactive model. School districts can develop practices and policies that support cyber balance in our students’ lives. This book makes it easy!”

Margarete Couture, Principal
South Seneca Central Schools, Ovid, NY

"This is a practical proactive guide for parents, counselors, and educators.  It offers insightful suggestions for helping our children make informed and balanced choices that lead to proper use of technology as well as reducing incidents of cyber bullying and realizing a cyber balanced society."

Paul A. Asunda, Assistant Professor, College of Education and Human Services
University of Illinois, Carbondale
Education Review, 13, January 2011

"The Digital Diet is delightfully informative, sensibly written and worth every minute I spent reading it. It is an excellent tool for learning and teaching."

Joyce Neujahr, Director of Patron Services, Dr. C.C. and Mabel Criss Library
University of Nebraska, Omaha
Education Review 13, February 2011

I will be using this book when students work on a multimedia project on e-safety to help them understand the dangers children (and they) face online. I will also use this with a children in my own family.

Ms Lynne Dagg
Education , Sunderland University
October 22, 2010
Key features
  • Addresses a hot topic—cyber bullying—in an easy-to-understand way, complete with tools,  reproducible forms, and study questions 
  • Describes different scenarios of cyber bullying and includes case studies and real-life examples
  • Although the book is based on a complete review of the cyber bullying literature, the content is designed to be to-the-point and accessible for busy school professionals
  • Introduces the exciting concept of "cyber balance"—achieved by educating students in using technology in a safe way

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