At my middle school, but not when I was in middle school. About 10 years later. When I met with a school counselor who told me that the biggest problems they were facing were with social media, online dating and virtual identity. What does it mean to be the same person in person as you are online? And how can we help teens understand the vulnerability of having access to all sorts of technology?
After doing research in two middle schools of varying socio-economic backgrounds the results were startling. The majority of middle school students had either been a bully, victim or knew someone who was experiencing cyber bullying. This was terrifying so we had to do something.
We filmed a video series and created a teachers guide to help young teens with understanding that virtual and real are one and the same. Adina’s Deck was designed and tested at Stanford University. After testing the shows with over 150 students between the ages of 10-15, significant and substantial evidence showed improvement about the topics of cyber bullying from the perspective of the bully, victim and by-standard. To read the assessment results, download this PDF here.