The Role of Teachers in Growing Anti Cyberbullying Attitude on Students
Satyawan, Ignatius Agung
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Social networks like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Path have become familiar among school-aged children. Both the presence of smartphones and also internet access are supporting factors in social networking. At first the use of social media was limited as a medium of communication, friendship, news search, and science, but then it expanded into a wider range becoming a business medium (buying and selling) and even for self-existence. The development of social networking has some negative impacts for school-aged children, one of them is cyberbullying. In a nutshell, cyberbullying can be interpreted as a form of intimidation, making fun of, or embarrassing others through writing, pictures, sounds, or video delivered via the internet. Children’s limitations and ignorance about the good and healthy internet usage arethe major factors of cyberbullyingamong school-aged children. Teachers as the second parent of the students should have participated in providing information about cyberbullying. But the thing that becomes an obstacle is the unavailability of educational curriculum related to the use of internet and healthy social networking. This research result is expected to encourage a more active role of teachers to prevent cyberbullying and also increase teachers’ awareness about the use of internet and healthy social networking.The method used in this research is literacy study method.