Annapolis Valley Regional School Board
121 Orchard St. PO Box 340
Berwick, Nova Scotia, Canada, B0P 1E0
Toll Free: 1-800-850-3887
Bullying is not a new issue, but the use of digital communication tools has certainly amplified the issue and coined the term ‘cyberbullying’. Social networking, instant messaging, online web development, and other digital communication tools have provided a new platform for bullies to target victims, and sometimes under anonymity.
When we think about the partnership between the education system and the home, it is to help prepare children to be citizens in our community. We focus on the collective rights and responsibilities that we all live by as a society and we build the skills and knowledge students need to thrive. With the use of technology now deeply embedded in our society, it is important to expand our definition of citizenship to include digital citizenship.
The increasing use of technology can also have an impact on our bodies and minds. Many would point to excessive use of technology as contributing to a sedentary lifestyle that can contribute to health issues. Others are concerned about the amount of time students spend in front of a screen and have even considered using the term ‘addiction’ with tools such as the Internet or video games.
After considering the safety issues that come with technology, one might ask ‘why bother?’ The answer, of course, is the potential that comes from accessing content and creating knowledge that is engaging, meaningful, and innovative. Putting technology aside, our goal is to create lifelong learners that can problem solve and creatively express their ideas.
If we consider the timeline of technological development, the Internet is a relatively new development. In fact, AVRSB schools were the first in the Province to be connected in 1998.