WSFA recently aired a segment that highlighted the ACFI and our Cyberkids Protection Initiative. Please visit the following link to view the segment online:
Every second, six people in the US start using the internet for the very first time. It’s a worldwide system with more than half a billion users, according to Troy University. The problem is that some of those lurking in cyberspace are predators and bullies.
“On Ask, I was being told not to come back to Russell County, that people didn’t like me,” said McKayla Chavez, an eighth grade student at Russell County Middle School.
The ordeal was traumatizing for Chavez. “I told my mom about it. She was pretty much coaching me through it, just ignore it, and don’t entertain it,” she says.
The bullying, McKayla explained, “finally stopped.”
Her classmate Caleb Alexander had a different experience online, but one that’s very prevalent for young people.
Hundreds of Russell County Middle School students crowded the cafeteria this afternoon to get a lesson on the Internet. Specifically, to learn more about the dangers and consequences of cyber-bullying. Administration said this behavior generally starts around the middle school age.
Faculty at the school said middle school students are normally trying to find themselves, and their social place. Unfortunately, this can sometimes lead to bullying behavior on social media sites and phone applications, and the consequences can be costly.
“I use kik and snap chat,” said Ty’Kerria Grey a 7th grade student.
These social media apps along with instagram, vine, and sites like facebook and twitter are more and more popular among the middle school crowd. But use of these applications also invite new ways to bully others.
On October 24, 2013 we will host a Cyberkids Presentation at Troy University in Troy, AL beginning at 6:45 pm CT. Visit our Events page for details.
This February we will host Cyberkids presentations in Fayette, Alabama. In May we will be at the Education by Design Conference. Visit our Events page for details.
August 15, 2012 August 13, 2012 we will host a Cyberkids Presentation for Elmore County Public Schools in Wetumpka, AL beginning at 12:30 pm 10:00 am CT. Visit our Events page for details.
On August 9, 2011 we will host Cyberkids Presentations at Cleburne County High School beginning at 9:00 am and 12:00 pm CT. Visit our Events page for details.