Cyber Kids, Cyber Bullying, Cyber Balance

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Emphasizing prevention, assessment, and intervention as well as evaluation, this concise, proactive guide for busy educators offes 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 benifits 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, including student assessments, incident reports, and school evaluations
  • Legal guidelines that include an acceptable use policy
  • Questions ideal for further reflection and group study

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Editorial Reviews

Robin Kowalski
"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 instancesthat 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.”
Rhonda Williams
“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!”
Mike Donlin
"Trolley and her associates approach issues of cyber bullying fromthe 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.”
Justin Patchin
“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.”
Qing Li
"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."
Margarete Couture
“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!”
Education Review, 13, January 2011 - Paul A. Asunda
"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."
Education Review 13, February 2011 - Joyce Neujahr
"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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412972925
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/7/2009
  • Pages: 166
  • Sales rank: 781,835
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara C. Trolleyhas spent over three decades working in the counseling field. Currently, she is a professor in counselor education at St. Bonaventure University, where she trains graduate students for careers in school and mental health counseling. As the chair of her university's disability committee and coordinator of the autism training program,Trolley is committed to working with issues of diversity and youth. The lead author of books on school counseling and cyberbullying, as well as numerous professional articles in the area of rehabilitation and grief counseling, Trolley is the creator and editor of the New York State School Counseling Journal. She and her co-authors ofCyber Kids, Cyberbullying, Cyber Balance have spent the last four years conducting countless workshops and media presentations on cyberbullying at the local, stateb and national levels. Before coming to the academic world, she spent almost a decade working as a therapist and administrator, addressing child and family issues, especially around child abuse and grief.

Constance Hanel is currently working as a school counselor and skills coach for youth K-12. With her background as a prevention specialist,Hanel has focused on working with at-risk children on alternative skill building. She mentors youth in leadership roles and is the co-creator of the youth leadership program Operation Kids-Real Life Learning. As a professional guest speaker and authoron cyberbullying and cyber balance,she has presented workshops for various organizations, educational forums, and parenting groups. She received her MSED from St. Bonaventure, New York, and has a BA in industrial organizational psychology.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments ix

About the Authors xi

Part I Cyber Kids 1

1 "Welcome to My World": Technology and Youth 3

2 "Lost in Cyberspace": Technology Travel 11

3 "It's a Small World After All": Uses and Misuses of Technology 21

Part II Cyber Bullying 31

4 "Sticks and Stones": An Overview of Cyber Bullying 33

5 "If You Can't Say Anything Nice": Vehicles of Cyber Bullying 37

6 "Houston, We Have a Problem": Responding to Cyber Bullying 47

Part III Cyber Balance 55

7 "What's Up, Doc?": Assessment 57

8 "This One Is Just Right": Interventions to Restore Balance 65

9 "An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure": Our Roles in Cyber Balance 77


Appendix A Tell the Truth, Nothing But the Truth: Legal Issues Related to Student Online Speech 85

Appendix B Internet Safety Agreement 99

Appendix C Cyber Bullying Program Worksheet 101

Appendix D Cyber Bullying Program Timeline Worksheet 103

Appendix E Counselor/School Resource Chart and Parent Resource Chart 107

Appendix F Cyber Youth Survey 109

Appendix G School Cyber Bullying Survey 111

Appendix H Cyber Bullying Incident Report 117

Appendix I Cyber Bullying Student Assessment Form 119

Appendix J Summary Assessment Considerations Chart 121

Appendix K Skill-Building Resource Table 123

Appendix L Story 125

Appendix M Educational Interventions 129

Appendix N Cyber Bullying Educational Resource Guide 131

Appendix O Master Calendar 133

Appendix P Word Search 137

Appendix Q Program Evaluation 139

Appendix R Certificate 141

Appendix S Certification Test 143

References and Further Reading 149

Index 161

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