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Bullying Law Summary Fact Sheet Updated

Bullying Law Summary Fact Sheet Updated | Legal Issues for Educators | Scoop.it
We have just updated one of our most popular resources. You can find our latest bullying law fact sheet here. As you can see, all but 2 states now have bullying laws in place or scheduled to take effect in 2012.

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Vikki Howard's comment, February 18, 2012 2:04 PM
Bullying is a priority for schools--and for good reason. The lack of civility in our society--perpetuated by the partial or full anonymity of social networks has bred a culture where there is little accountability for mean spirited communication--and there is little doubt this has spilled over to real life
Ashli Watts's comment, September 1, 2012 3:28 PM
This article talks about how several states are taking the time to update their laws based around bullying and incorporating cyberbulling into them. These new policies make it so cyberbullying that happens off of campus has to answer to the consequences. IT has become statutory law that any bullying that is having an impact on the schools learning environment gives the school the right to punish the students involved. This is important for teachers to stay up to date on the new policies of their states so that they maybe the prevention of bullying of any kind instead of learning from experience. This article also make a great point in that everyone needs to do their part in preventing and stopping bullying of any kind.
A case involving a middle school student (Alex Boston) in Alanta, Georgia reported to police and school administration that fellow classmates made a phony Facebook page representing her making it look as if she posted raciest and sexual comments as well as claiming to smoke pot. After the school said that there was nothing that says the school could do anything since it was an off of campus event, the school began to look at their bullying policies and make changes that covered bullying and cyberbullying that happens off of campus have consequences given from the school.
Vikki Howard's comment, September 2, 2012 1:45 PM
Glad you scooped this page Ashli--these statutory responses to the epidemic mentioned in previous scoop, are going to sweep the nation--the unintended consequences (schools surveilling students digital communication) may cause additional problems--we shall see. I agree with your comment about the need for all of us to work at fostering a more tolerant and decent society--that is the only real action that is likely to change behavior without involving big brother. You provided a useful illustrative case as well (Boston).
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Norfolk County Council’s ‘inadequate’ child protection services criticised by Ofsted

Norfolk County Council’s ‘inadequate’ child protection services criticised by Ofsted | Legal Issues for Educators | Scoop.it
“Inconsistent and patchy”, “lengthy periods where potential risk to children was not assessed” and examples of “very poor decision-making which left vulnerable children at risk” – the latest Ofsted assessment of Norfolk County Council’s child...
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Time To Shut Down Teacher Bullying Websites

Time To Shut Down Teacher Bullying Websites | Legal Issues for Educators | Scoop.it
I commend head teacher Andre Sohatski for not only standing up for himself and his reputation, but also for representing the downtrodden teachers and students victimised by scandalous bullying webs...

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Vikki Howard's comment, February 18, 2012 1:58 PM
Love it...I agree--I had a conversation with an administrator the other day who said social media have become the scourge of childhood--how to get a handle on this...you may be right--courage
Ashli Watts's comment, September 1, 2012 2:23 PM
This teacher is an example of how all of us, as educators should be. This teacher was attempting to shut down a website that was posting crude comments towards his students. We need to be well educated on our rights and the students rights when it comes to slander. Cyber-bullying is a new epidemic and it needs to be addressed. This teacher did his part, he stood up and was the students' voices when they needed it the most. More teachers should follow in his footsteps. Students and teachers need to be held accountable for what they say even if it's online. For example a case involving a student at The University of North Dakota who was sued for posting a claim to an online site saying she exchanged several sexual e-mails with a physics professor. The professor won because the statement she made was especially 'damning' toward him.
Vikki Howard's comment, September 2, 2012 1:38 PM
I really appreciate your understanding of social media violence as an epidemic that threatens the civil fabric of our institutions. The courts (the ND case notwithstanding) have been reluctant to punish libel, even when teachers and students have been harmed professionally, emotionally, even mortally. Perhaps the courage of educators like this teacher will wake us up to our culpability and responsibility.
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Wenona Morning Star Gardner

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Reblogged from Big Ideas in Education: Restorative Practice Circles are based upon the First Nations tradition of Talking Circles. First Nations, Metis & Inuit cultures are built upon oral traditions, therefore Talking Circles have been important ...
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