St. Gabriel’s Catholic School is an ally…a CyberALLY!

By , February 17, 2011 8:22 am

Congratulations to St. Gabriel’s Catholic School in Southwest Austin. It is the first school in Texas to provide cyberbullying training for the entire middle school.

Modern communications technology is wonderful.  The Internet and other electronic media are a big part of our lives, especially the lives of students.  While there have been many positive uses of this new media, it has regretfully also become a vehicle for social cruelty in spreading hatred and intolerance based on race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or other parts of people’s identities in lives.

Now comes the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith with a wonderful program to help offset the negative sides of electronic media and social cruelty.

CyberALLY is a half-day or full-day training for middle and high school age youth that increases awareness about the unique impact of cyberbullying, provides strategies for young people to respond effectively to these attacks and fosters an increased culture of ease/safety ally behavior and respect for differences among the youth.

Studies show that over 5 million young people have been the targets of cyberbullying in our country and more than 3 million have themselves bullied others on-line!

What is an ally?  An ally is someone who speaks out on behalf of someone else who is being attacked or takes actions against cyberbullying.  All of us should respond to the challenge to become cyberallies.

Congratulations again to St. Gabriel’s Catholic School.  You are leading the way.

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2 Responses to “St. Gabriel’s Catholic School is an ally…a CyberALLY!”

  1. Donia says:

    Bishop,
    So nice to hear your voice and learn about your blog. I have one, too. Check it out at doni-somethingtosay.blogspot.com
    Enjoyed reading your words.
    Donia

  2. Bishop John says:

    Thanks for your kind comments! I tried to post a comment on your blog about people being inherently good- nice job. Amen, amen.

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