Technology and Anti-Bullying – my thoughts.
As you can imagine, I’m reading all the time about the positives and negatives of the use of technology in all aspects of life. There exists many articles in the news about how technology, mainly mobile, and how it impacts on education. It was when reading an article on this that I came across a statement that said – “Allowing mobile phones [in the classroom] would almost certainly increase cyberbullying”. After reading this I put it on the pile to waffle about and here it is….
I am not an expert on this topic and I apologise in advance for any inaccuracies which I might make within this waffle.
There are some subjects that I would never want to discuss or voice an opinion about, mainly because I can’t possibly or never have experienced the situation and therefore it is hard for me too understand the emotion and feelings associated with it. As you can probably imagine from the articles I have written about being different and knowing of my ‘geeky’ behaviour and OCD tendencies, I am a prime target for bullying, let’s face it, although not intentionally, I provide plenty of ammunition for them. As the internet has increased, how people interact and use it has also increased and diversified. I recognise that this has allowed abuse and bullying to become more virtual and I am totally against this. I consider that bullying is a behaviour that some people ‘need’ in order to make them feel better about themselves and they often are now using technology to support their actions. But as well as providing an arena and/or tools for bullies I think technology can also provide a supportive role to help to combat the bullies and their actions and provide a start to seeing a more positive future for those who are being bullied.
I hope that no-one has taken offence by this waffle or has felt that I have trivialised the whole topic of bullying. To me, bullying is something which is very real and something which we will continue to crusade against towards its eventual eradication. Unfortunately, this might be an impossible battle since we are attempting to change an aspect of human behaviour. I think, however, that we have technology which can be one of our main tools to support the battle against bullying and, instead of thinking of the negatives, by embracing the positives it will help us to forge ahead towards reducing both the occurrences of bullying and the impact it has on the victims.