Blue Shirt Day Kicks Off National Bullying Prevention Month, And Learning.com Has Resources For You
We’re used to seeing a whole lot of pink in the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness month. We’re also getting used to seeing a lot of blue. The blue isn’t some kind of annual convention for Best Buy employees, it’s to represent a much much deeper cause. October is National Bullying Prevention Month and it kicks off with Blue Shirt Day on October 2nd.
Blue Shirt Day is celebrating it’s 10th year of raising bullying prevention awareness and it’s earmarked for the first Monday of October every year.
Learning.com is the premiere provider of digital literacy and digital citizenship resources for students grades K-12 in the world. Their culture is built on providing students with the best understanding of how to use digital tools safely and securely. With that in mind, cyber-bullying, and cyber bullying prevention are at the core of everything they do.
That’s why National Bullying Prevention Month and Blue Shirt Day are very important to Learning.com.
They’ve compiled some great cyberbullying tips:
- Pause before you post: Think before you post something hurtful
- Use computer courtesy: Treat others as you want to be treated
- Not sharing is caring: Keep passwords safe, no sharing with friends
- Speak out and Reach out: Tell an adult if you or someone else has been a victim of cyber bullying
- Be Kind Online
Learning.com is encouraging teachers and students to tweet more cyber bullying prevention tips with the hashtag #BeKindOnline for a chance to win an exclusive Blue Shirt Day t-shirt from Learning.com
They have also posted three free online safety lesson plans that teachers can use in their classrooms:
K-2: Netiquette & Cyberbullying
Introduces students to concepts of netiquette, proper online behavior, preventing cyberbullying and dealing with cyberbullying.
3-5: Safekeeping Personal Information
Stresses the importance of not revealing personal information online, addressing the types of information that should be kept private, and safety rules to prevent unwanted contact.
6-8: Understanding Identity Theft
Introduces students to identity theft, the associated dangers and the safety rules to prevent it.
The lesson plans are totally free you just need to sign up here.
On October 12th Learning.com will present the webinar: “Keeping Your Students Safe Online: The Toledo Model” presented in conjunction with edWeb.net The Webinar features Shannon Bischoff and Amy Graver, both technology facilitators at Toledo Public Schools. You can register for the webinar here.
Learn more about digital literacy, cyber bullying and learning.com here.