Internet Safety tips from the Ascentive team
Learning By Grace is pleased to announce the launch of its STOP CYBER BULLYING CAMPAIGN with a FREE resource for the online homeschooling community called Stop Cyber Bullying (http://cyberbullying.learningbygrace.org). Learning By Grace defines cyber bullying as “the intentional use of digital content to lie, deceive, harass, threaten, mock, shame or bully a minor” and cyber harassment as “the same behaviors directed towards adults or companies.”
The Stop Cyber Bullying website is packed with information to help students and educators combat the newest epidemic gripping our country. Cyber harassment can be life threatening; it can destroy reputations and businesses. Over 30 teenagers have died as a result of cyber bullying. Children are not the only victims of cyber abuse; cyber harassers target adults as well. In an age where anyone can post anything about anyone with almost complete immunity and anonymity, the future of reputation and the future of privacy are being questioned.
“Having experienced cyber harassment for years, I learned firsthand how painful and frightening it can be. So like all of the injustices God has shown me, I set out to right the wrong”, says Mimi Rothschild. “Education about the cyber harassment crisis empowers students to recognize it and stop it. The cyber harassers ended up not only torturing me, but every member of my family as well”, she explains. When Rothschild’s son died of medical negligence, she started an advocacy organization for children. When Rothschild’s other son was hospitalized for 2 years, she started online homeschooling Academies that bring school to kids.”
Rothschild is the Co-Founder and CEO of Learning By Grace, the nation’s leading provider of Christian online homeschooling programs. “We founded Learning By Grace after our son was hospitalized for 2 years with a life threatening condition requiring life support. We met wonderful other children who were also hospitalized for long periods of time and saw a need for a school that could come to them.”
Learning By Grace manages 5 online Academies that offer over 150 online, state of the art, Biblically based PreK-12 courses. Learning By Grace is celebrating its 10th year of managing online homeschooling programs. It attributes its exponential growth to its state of the art online curriculum that consists of close to 200,000 pages of original Christian educational content and its affordable tuition. During the summer of 2011, a team of Curriculum developers added access to 20,000 videos from Discovery Education to the 150 online courses, quadrupling the effectiveness of their programs.
According to Cyber bullying statistics from the i-SAFE foundation:
• Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying.
• More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyber threats online.
• Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet
Working to Halt Abuse (WHOA) fight online harassment through education of the general public, education of law enforcement personnel, and empowerment of victims publishes that there are about 75 new cases of cyber bullying or cyber harassment reported to them on a weekly basis.
“We hope Learning By Grace’s new free Stop Cyber bullying website will shed light on a dark issue that can create serious harm and even threaten life.” says Rothschild.
The website offers tutorials, webisodes, videos and tips on how to prevent cyber bullying and how to combat it if it rears its head. It was built using resources available through the US Department of Education, US Department of Health and Human Services and the US Department of Justice.