What happened to sportsmanship?
As a student of Rapid City High School in the 1960's we were very proud of our sportsmanship at athletic events and our cheerleaders were adept at controlling any booing or other poor displays of sportsmanship so imagine my disgust as I witnessed the Cobbler student body standing on the bleachers with their backs turned away as the Stevens basketball players were introduced. I was ashamed of my alma mater.
The Raider fans returned the gesture when the Cobbler team was introduced. When did good sportsmanship die in Rapid City?
Cyberbullying a growing problem
Cyberbullying is a rampant epidemic. Today, more children have access to cellphones and social networking sites than ever before. Children are increasing their risk to the dangers the Internet has to offer. Cyberbullying is one of the few dangers that hide in the background of apps and pictures.
Forty-five percent of children ages 8 to 11 have access to social networking sites today. Thus, the number of children accessing the Internet is starting with elementary school students. Inside and outside the classroom, students are susceptible to bullying behavior, but with the use of technology, tactics of targeting victims has become diverse and more accessible. Posting an anonymous hateful comment about another or saying a distasteful remark about someone’s picture are two ways that cyberbullying occurs. Today’s world needs to bring about change against cyberbullying.
Introducing technology at a young age is not a good idea. Waiting until children are older and in middle school is a good time to introduce technology. Finally, talk to your children about bullying, and especially in today’s world, cyberbullying. I hope for a tomorrow where creativity prevails over likes on a photo.