How are schools handling cyber bullying?
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How are schools handling cyber bullying?
Cyber bullying is significant issue occuring across schools. As students face the challenge of being bullied by peers their parents often find themselves in the middle of a debacle with the school, often feeling its the schools responsibilty to to protect their child. So how are the schools handling the issue of cyber bullying?


Through my research I found that schools have made recent changes to help prevent cyber bullying on and off campus. The topic of cyber bullying is important to discuss because it can affect anyone and people tend to turn to the school to seek out help. Students should feel comfortable to approach a teacher without feeling they will be made fun of or become a social outcast.
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High School Student Launches “It Is Not Okay” Campaign to Battle ...

It all started with a tweet. Charleston, S.C. student, Ashley Patrick, was annoyed that a fellow student, Imani Herring, was speaking in their vocal cl.
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In this article Imani Herring discusses how she was bullied online and how it made her feel like an insider. Instead of feeling support from her teachers and classmates she was further asked questions of why she got the bully in trouble making her feel as a social outcast. Ms. Herring produced a campaign, “It’s not okay,” to advocate against cyber bullying.

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Students can text school staff anonymously about bullying with new program

Students can text school staff anonymously about bullying with new program | How are schools handling cyber bullying? | Scoop.it
A new tech program allows students to use cell phones to anonymously text school staff if they're being bullied or tip off educators about bullying they're witnessing.
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This article mentions how schools are trying to fight back cyber bullies. Due to the digital age, texting is relatively common and a new text message reporting system may be the answer people are looking for. The new text messaging system through Blackboard will enable student to report incidents silently without reporting it to a superior. It seems like a great idea for shy, timid students or for those students whom don’t want to be connected to incidents. The only flaw is the bogus claims students may make where officials are prepared to investigate.

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Mean kids, online

Mean kids, online | How are schools handling cyber bullying? | Scoop.it
Mean girls -- and mean boys -- have been terrorizing their classmates since the first schoolhouse was built. Recently, however, teachers and administrators have adopted elaborate programs to prevent...
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In this article LA times, defends cyber bullying. They discuss how schools have always had mean boys and girls and recently administration is trying to prevent cyber bullying by placing strict regulations against students whom don’t abide rules. These rules punish students whom bully although the incident usually occurs off school grounds. 

 

The article mentions an example of how students whom fight on the street outside of school grounds are not punished by school officials, but  in the case of cyber bullying, students often fall suit of suspension from internet misconduct.

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Gov. Scott signs "cyberbullying" bill into law - Orlando Sentinel

Gov. Scott signs "cyberbullying" bill into law - Orlando Sentinel | How are schools handling cyber bullying? | Scoop.it
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The article discusses how ,Rick Scott, Florida governor signs a cyber bullying bill into law to cover some incidents that occur off campus. Due to the digital age be in a huge affect the article mentions how the prevalence of cyber bullying interrupts school operation and impacts the victim.

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How Should Schools Handle Cyberbullying? - NYTimes.com

How Should Schools Handle Cyberbullying? - NYTimes.com | How are schools handling cyber bullying? | Scoop.it
Affronted by cyberspace’s escalation of adolescent viciousness, many parents are looking to schools for justice, protection, even revenge.
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I found this article to be very insightful covering who should be responsible to resolve the conflicts of cyber bullying. The article mentions several examples on cases that have occurred where parents felt schools should be obliged to handle conflicts between students.

 

The articles poses a question to whom is really responsible for covering disputes and whether the parents, police or schools should be readily involved with the issue.

 

Schools have generally fell suit to incidents occurring between students attending the same schools. But the article mentions that schools can not be held accountable for what occurs off school grounds. In fact the article mentions a case where a student was suspended for 2 days for video recording friends speak badly about a classmate. The father of the videographer sued the school due to it not occurring on school grounds and won. He later mentioned in an interview it’s the parents responsibility to monitor their children and educate them on positivity online.

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Meredith Flanner's curator insight, November 21, 2013 6:20 AM

An interesting read from New York Times.

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How can I help to prevent cyberbullying? | Cyberbullying | Teacher advice | Teachtoday

How can I help to prevent cyberbullying? | Cyberbullying | Teacher advice | Teachtoday | How are schools handling cyber bullying? | Scoop.it
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This article from teach today covers how to prevent cyber bullying. The article places emphasis on educating schools about the epidemic of cyber bullying by defining what it is, how to prevent it and what actions should be taken..

 

They also mention implementing 5 keys areas to fight against cyber bullying. The five key areas including talking to school community, updating policies, making it easy to report cyber bullying, promoting positive use of technology and evaluating the impact

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