Cyberbullying is a hot topic in many of our communities today. The stories of several national high-profile cases have been highlighted in both print and digital media sources.

What is cyberbullying, exactly? According to, "Cyberbullying" is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor.

Did you know that your teacher librarian, in conjunction with classroom teachers, specifically address cyberbullying as a part of our Educational Technology/Information Literacy curriculum? Beginning as young as kindergarten, we address how children are good citizens - both in the traditional community as well as digital communities.

Our elementary school students learn to:

  • Understand acceptable and unacceptable uses of age-appropriate technology
  • Understand the consequences of irresponsible uses of technology at home and at school
  • Develop an awareness of appropriate kinds of information that should be shared in instructional chat rooms as well as public chat rooms
  • Identify safety precautions that should be taken while online
  • Discuss scenarios describing acceptable and unacceptable uses of technology (computers, digital cameras, cell phones, wireless connectivity) and describe consequences of inappropriate use.
  • Understand the potential risks and dangers associated with online communication (e-mail, files, passwords, social networking sites, etc.)
  • Discuss issues related to acceptable and responsible use of technology (privacy, security, copyright, plagiarism, spam, viruses, file sharing)
  • Become aware of their digital audiences and the impact of their online words and actions.

Want to learn more about the Educational Technology/Information Literacy curriculum or about cyberbullying resources available to parents? Please contact your teacher librarian, Mrs. Jones.

Arvada Police Officer Gagon is Vanderhoof's cyberbullying advocate and representative who comes to Vanderhoof each year to talk to 4th and 5th graders about the serious issue of cyberbullying and digital safety.  Mrs. Jones sets up these visits and will be working with Officer Gagon once again this year to coordinate this year's presentation.