Fra il 15 e il 17 novembre 2017, tre insegnanti del Liceo Montanari hanno partecipato al primo meeting internazionale del progetto sul cyberbullying a Londra. I docenti sono stati ospiti di una scuola inglese di Croydon “The BRIT SCHOOL for performing Arts and Technology ” assieme ad insegnanti di Praga, di Siviglia, di Bucarest, di Corum e di Kocaeli.

Alla BRIT SCHOOL, studenti pieni di creatività e di entusiasmo per la musica, il teatro e l’arte in genere, mettono alla prova il loro talento quotidianamente per cercare di sviluppare la propria espressività artistica sin da giovanissimi.

 

 

Il team composto da docenti e studenti che partecipa al progetto ha
elaborato un questionario sul tema del cyberbullismo. Ci piacerebbe conoscere l’esperienza degli studenti del Liceo Montanari rispetto a situazioni di cyberbullismo ovunque accada, sia a scuola sia fuori dalla scuola. Il sondaggio è
assolutamente anonimo ed è importante che sia compilato con estrema sincerità e
senza preoccupazioni perché a noi interessa la vostra esperienza e la vostra opinione
sull’argomento.

Ecco la circolare sul questionario

 

 

Date: Wednesday, 25th October 2017
Start time: 11.00 am
End time: 12.50 am
Location: Sala Cavalieri
Attending: Dr. Giuliana Guadagnini, Gabriella De Strobel, J.D., Mr. Don Giovanni and Mr. Matteo Sansone.

Mr. Sansone, the principal of our school opened the meeting by thanking the teachers involved in the project “ Minus Cyberbullying; Cybersecurity Education for more safety in Schools”.He introduced the theme of the meeting: “Cybersecurity Education” with a brief speech about Humanism, that has always been important among the European culture.He said that “Man’s dignity is at risk”, therefore he underlined the importance of preserving it, through education, with projects concerning cyber-harassment

Dr. Guadagnini, the psychologist starts the conference by explaining the audience that cyberbullism doesn’t have just one definition as it could come with a variety of shades, (that Mrs. Gabriella De Strobel will inform us about,later.)According to her, many people don’t take Cyberbullism seriously, but what happens on the Web is real, more real than we actually think it is, because it causes psychological issues within people, that can have effects which may influence us even in adulthood.

Then, she addresses to Mr. Giovanni, professor of psychopathology at a university, saying he participates in these types of conferences all over Italy and Europe.

Dr. Don Giovanni says that we are already in the middle of a post-digital humanism, where we can no longer ignore how important and pivotal technology is in our life. It’s like an extension of our body, because we use it to express our emotions and feeling, to express ourselves. Then, he suggested us to make a video , because he himself has made three, as he thinks it is the best and easiest way to reach out to teenagers.

During his speech he repeated the words “on-life”, “online” and “offline” very often, because they were the key points of the message he was trying to give us. “On-life” means that there’s no longer a difference between the reality and the virtual life, our identities corresponds both in “online” and “offline”, and that’s why he identified it as “on-life”, because it has a direct impact on our lives.

He continues his speech by saying that the man is never satisfied with what he has, that he always tries to change things and in the process of doing it he changes also himself. Technology leads the man to that change, which is often times more negative than positive.

In his videos he shows how things can go from “Touch

screen” to “Touch-skin”. Here is when cyberbullying is born,

when what you do and say on a touch screen touches the skin of someone else, harms them in a way that is no longer just digital. What we do online no longer stays there.

In the first video a girl is seen drawing a very colourful digital painting, but in the next video, a boy is seen imprisoned and depending on his smartphone even for the smallest action.

In the last video, there’s a girl, standing alone, behind colourful lights, unfocused; colours start to fade away and the most evident colours that remained are black, that appear on her skin as offensive words and red, the colour of her  lipstick she used to write down on a mirror the name she was labeled with an abuse.

Dr. Guadagnini,  talks about cyberbullying in a more practical way, comparing the online and real world with a list of different types of cyberbullism that can accure with a Presentation and explains them to us.

She focuses her attention especially on prevention, by saying that the web is still made of people who communicate with each other. The web doesn’t have a setting, an exact place where things happen, therefore a victim has no place to hide.

There’s also no time, things can be shared in a very small period of time, even if we’re not connected to the web. Anybody can see the things someone else posts. She precises that not all the contents can be backed up but just the posts.

She mentioned in the list: cyberharassment (especially for adults), flaming, exposure, outing estorto, denigration, impersonation, trickey, cyberstalking, cyberbashing, knockout game (a sort of challenge in which you ask someone to record you while you knock out someone you dislike), stripnomination, neknomination, baiting, less known, it means making fun of someone who is a new user on a social platform, self harm, choking game (suffocating someone), grooming and sexting.

J.D. De Strobel,  preferred to begin by talking about the positive sides of the web but remarking the importance of safety.

She says that the problem with cyberbullism is the absence of a physical contact with the victim. You don’t get a feedback and that’s why it has a bigger impact.

She then went on to talk about the new law that had just passed in the Italian parliament on 18th June, 2017. Given that c.b. usually originates from school interactions this new law requires that in every school there’s an adviser to help give counseling to both the victim and the bully. Then the law made it possible to contact the web site operator to take down any harmful material. This might be really difficult to actually implement because generally the material is found on big multinational websites like Facebook and it’s usually close to impossible to reach the handlers and to apply this law, especially because these entities are based abroad.. Lastly the law determines that if the cyberbullying is consant and severe  the victim can ask the commissioner to call in the bully and reprimand him or her. This warning will then remain in the records until the bully is of age.

 

 

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