Stop Cyberbullying in Schools With Safe Pouch

stop cyberbullying with safe pouch

 Most schools passively address cyberbullying by passively training teachers during staff meetings or through online videos. They also passively present to students during assemblies. It’s more passively talking about it rather than implementing any practical solutions. Many schools do not actively try to mediate or solve cyberbullying until it is too late. Cyberbullying often causes school fights, depression among students, and even school shootings. 

“Schools passively address cyberbullying…rather than implementing any practical solutions.”

            Most cyberbullying activities and other forms of bullying often involve social media, and cell phones streamline the process in front of our eyes. Sadly, many schools fundamentally fail to understand the problems and apply ineffective solutions. For example, some schools think they can teach students to use cell phones appropriately by forcing all the responsibilities on their already busy teachers. They implement practices like Restorative practices or similar practices to have students reflect on their actions and change their behaviors. Sadly, these practices are ideal on paper, but it is not practical in today’s schools. They underestimate students’ addiction to social media and other entertainment on cell phones. It is like asking drug addicts to stop using the drugs by talking to them about the danger of drugs while putting the drugs in front of the drug addicts.   

“Schools fundamentally fail to understand the problems…by forcing all the responsibilities on their already busy teachers and underestimate students’ addiction to social media and other entertainment on cell phones.”

   

            Safe Pouch® tackles the problems by addressing all different aspects of cyberbullying in schools and at home. Cyberbullying only occurs when a bully sends a message to many receivers, and the receiver can receive and engage with the message. Safe Pouch® makes it impossible for both. Even a bully attempt to send the message somehow; the message would not reach other students during classes. In the end, no one gives the bully any attention, and it is pointless to send a message that no one cares.  Orange Safe Pouch® is a proactive MTSS Tier 2/3 consequence that reminds students who cyberbullied not to do it ever again.

“Schools fundamentally fail to understand the problems…by forcing all the responsibilities on their already busy teachers and underestimate students’ addiction to social media and other entertainment on cell phones.”

            Another critical problem is that most students would run to school fights to record them and share them on social media. This is a common and dangerous form of cyberbullying that has long-term impacts on the victims because anything shared on social media is there forever. It would destroy those students’ future forever and ruin a school’s reputation.  Students who fought would return to school either feeling embarrassed or emboldened. Saturday schools, school suspension, or similar consequences are not impactful on these students. Schools may need to pouch these students’ phones in Orange Pouches for many school days to remind the students not to fight again or involve in any fight in the future.

As a teacher, I invented Safe Pouch NOT to my schools or classroom phone-free, but it is the teaching tool for teachers, administrators, parents to transform education.

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