Earlier this year, Babess’ class at school discussed cyber-safety. They watched an information video about cyber-bullying and digital footprints, and talked about it in the classroom, as well as bringing home a letter for parents to discuss as well. The video featured a cartoon dolphin and some other sea creatures and their (mis)adventures online.
All well and good. It’s great that schools are teaching this kind of awareness right from the start.
But this week the topic of bullying came up (indirectly) at our dinner table. Babess piped up confidently, “I know about cyber-bullying!”
“Great!” I said. “Tell us all about cyber-bullying.”
She retold a scene from the cartoon her class had watched, with lots of detail and character names.
“But what would cyber-bullying look like if it happened to you?” I asked.
She looked at me as if I’d suddenly sprouted a second head.
“Mu-um!” she admonished. “I’m not a sea-creature!”
When The Dad & I could control our (slightly appalled) grins, we had a great family discussion about what cyber-bullying really is, and Fainjin and Pearl made valuable contributions too.
But today I had a quiet word with Babess’ teacher, just to make sure she wasn’t the only child who assumed cyber-safety is something you only need underwater.
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