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Cyberbullying in WhatsApp Classmates’ Groups: Evaluation of an Intervention Program Implemented in Israeli Elementary and Middle Schools
Social networking platforms, such as WhatsApp, constitute a major part of adolescents’ social lives. Alongside the positive aspects of such platforms, there is a risk of using them as a means for cyberbullying. Schools have become increasingly aware of this risk and are prioritizing fighting cyberbullying through intervention programs, yet few interventions have been studied for their effectiveness. This study reports the results of a wide-scale school-based intervention designed to reduce cyberbullying and improve usage norms in WhatsApp classmates’ groups.
Updated: Aug. 16, 2018
The Pardes Rodef Shalom Schools Program is a unique middle school project that develops conflict resolution skills via the study of traditional Jewish texts. We help Jewish middle schools equip members of the school community to be skillful problem-solvers in social situations, active in the prevention of bullying and committed to creating a more peaceful world.
Updated: Jul. 19, 2017
The rabbis of the Talmud tell us that the Temple was destroyed because of sinat chinam [baseless hatred] (Yoma 9). On Tisha B’Av, we mourn the destruction of the Temple, as well as other tragedies in Jewish history, and are also charged with ridding ourselves of sinat chinam. In schools today, though students may not necessarily say hurtful words to their peers, the anonymity and distance that the Internet provides can make it a space where sinat chinam and bullying thrive. How do we help our students understand the meaning of baseless hatred and how to prevent it? In honor of upcoming Tisha B’Av, take an opportunity to check out these resources, which you can use next year to teach students about the dangers of sinat chinam in the digital space and how they can confront cyber bullying and promote kindness and empathy online.
Updated: Jul. 13, 2017
This semester at my own school, Margolin Hebrew Academy, we began blazing our trail into the wild West of the Internet by implementing a Digital Citizenship curriculum developed by Common Sense Media. This excellent collection offers age-appropriate lessons, videos, games, and take-home activities all about digital ethics for children in grades K through 12. This course of study is recommended by Facing History and Ourselves and is utilized by many Jewish days schools and other independent schools around the country. The module for elementary school is called Digital Passport. Amanda White, our elementary librarian, and I have already started teaching our third through sixth graders about digital citizenship during their library time. We will continue using the curriculum with grades one through six next year in the elementary school. Additionally Upper School Principal, Rabbi Uriel Lubetski, and I will be implementing the high school module of this curriculum called Digital Compass during regularly scheduled Life Skills classes in the coming weeks.
Updated: Jun. 01, 2016
It is clear that technology, and the Internet in particular, poses enormous threats, while providing extraordinary opportunities to the American Orthodox community. This issue of Klal Perspectives explores whether a community, or even a family, can eliminate the intrusion of the Internet, and if not, how we can best meet its challenges and take advantage of its opportunities. And perhaps of particular interest is the identification of various influences of online use on the Orthodox community that are enormously consequential, yet frequently overlooked (such as online bullying, for example).
Updated: Feb. 10, 2016
The internet abounds with dangers for unwary users and is especially perilous for children whose inexperience renders them vulnerable to hackers, bullies, and pedophiles or worse. In response, an Israeli nonprofit called Red Button has produced the world’s first app that lets anyone, especially kids, easily report negative web behavior. The Red Button app installs itself as a service on Android devices, and there is also an add-on version for popular web browsers like Firefox and Chrome. If an individual comes across something or someone they are uncomfortable with – such as a person who is cursing, threatening, intimidating, or inappropriately discussing personal issues – all they have to do is press a button to begin a process that can lead to taking the offending site down or arresting the offending individual.
Updated: Jun. 24, 2015
Students at a Herzliya elementary school have joined forces to fight bullying and other inappropriate behavior carried out via the Facebook social networking application. Fifth and sixth-graders at the city's Alon School founded a Facebook Committee, whose members participate in what they term a 'Facebook Watch.' The idea is that students who observe swearing, bullying, harassment or inappropriate photographs posted on their classmates' Facebook pages will contact those responsible and ask them to remove the offensive postings. Uncooperative students will be reported to their homeroom teacher.
Updated: Feb. 22, 2011