|By PR Newswire||
|June 25, 2009 09:30 AM EDT||
D.A.R.E./iKeepSafe Program Deemed Effective by Educators, Online Safety Expert
The study, conducted by online safety expert and Educational Technology Policy, Research and Outreach Director (ET-PRO) Dr.
- The number of students describing multiple effective responses to cyberbullying scenarios increased by more than 43 percent.
- The program helped students understand that their negative action - such as telling the cyberbully to stop - may serve to antagonize the cyberbully into continuing their behavior; or deleting the message, can eliminate a source of evidence and a means to track the perpetrator.
- Student recognition that they should tell a trusted adult when someone else was being cyberbullied went up 77 percent.
- Students recognized the 3 Keeps of Internet Safety (online safety lessons taught by iKeepSafe), including not giving out personal information; they were taught the dangers of revealing personal information through online communication.
- Teachers found the content relevant and timely, D.A.R.E. officers' depth and breadth of technical knowledge valuable in answers to students' questions, and students highly motivated and engaged during the movie and with the follow up discussion and group work.
The curriculum is taught to children in grades five and six during the school year by D.A.R.E. officers in classrooms throughout the country. Students are taught by DARE officers how to identify cyberbullying and steps the students can take to prevent and to combat it. Students learn to protect their privacy and reach out for help if they--or friends--become victims of cyberbullying. To date, approximately 3,200 officers have been trained to provide the instruction.
The ET-PRO study was made public during national Internet Safety Month by iKeepSafe, D.A.R.E., AT&T and Symantec. Among the other findings, the study discovered that students used references to the cyberbullying program's character, Faux Paw, when strategizing responses to a cyberbullying situation. This ET-PRO study said this is particularly important because, "Psychology literature indicates the importance of visualization and mnemonics in memorizing and comprehending information." Therefore, there is a higher chance students will remember the information in the future. ET-PRO is scheduled to retest the students later this year.
"iKeepSafe is committed to providing resources and training to create a generation of responsible, ethical, and resilient cyber-citizens," said
Hancock also noted that the study showed teachers responded positively to the program, that it has "filled the gap in meeting their immediate training needs, and proved to be an effective way to bring up stimulating conversation about cyberbullying and kept students' attention and interest."
"At AT&T, we strive to provide the tools, including consumer services and education, that help make the Internet experience safer," said
The study included a select group of more than 1,100 students from sixteen private and public schools in urban, suburban and rural areas. Nearly one-half of the students surveyed were considered minority, including African-American, Native American/Alaskan Native and Latino.
"Symantec is committed to educating computer users about how to stay safe from all types of online threats, like viruses and online identity theft to inappropriate content and cyberbullying," said
In addition to online safety services, AT&T provides free education programs for children, parents, communities and seniors. Materials and more information can be found at www.att.com/safety. Symantec's family online safety tips and resources, including a free Family Online Safety Guide, can be found at www.norton.com/familyresource.
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About the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (www.iKeepSafe.org)
The Internet Keep Safe Coalition is a broad partnership of governors, first spouses or attorneys general from all 50 states, the FBI, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, the NEA, National PTA and corporate sponsors, dedicated to keeping children safe online. The Coalition provides parent tutorials and educational resources, including the Faux Paw the Techno Cat(TM) Internet safety series of books and animated films for children. Coalition materials are distributed throughout
About Norton from Symantec
Symantec's Norton products protect consumers from traditional threats with antivirus, anti-spam and spyware protection, as well as bots, drive-by downloads and identity theft-- while also being light on system resources. The company also provides services such as PC help from NortonLive and online backup, and is a trusted source for family online safety.
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