New Book for School Leaders!
Educators, Parents, Students and Others to
Combat Online Social Cruelty
school leaders with insight into the problem of cyberbullying.
guidance on the development of a comprehensive community-based approach
to address cyberbullying concerns.
is sending or posting harmful or cruel text or images using the Internet
or other digital communication devices. While an insufficient amount
of solid research has been conducted in this area, the stories
that are emerging are profoundly disturbing - reports of depression,
suicide, and even murder.
It is well-recognized
that face-to-face bullying can lead to depression, anxiety, and anger,
which can result in school failure, school avoidance, suicide, and school
violence. With the click of a mouse or a send button, bullying can now
be 24/7. It can reach the victim wherever and whenever he or she uses
the Internet on any device. Damaging information or images can be sent
worldwide in seconds and can be very hard to remove. The cyberbully
may be someone known to the victim and associated with face-to-face
bullying. Or the cyberbully may be anonymous. Sometimes the cyberbully
may be the victim of face-to-face bullying him or herself.
online communities, social cruelty appears to be the social norm and
reporting online activities to adults is taboo. Young people may feel
that they have to accept such online cruelty and that, if they report
it, they may risk significant retaliation.
Mobilizing Educators, Parents, Students and Others to Combat Online
Social Crueltyprovides school leaders with information and resources
to allow them to play a leadership role in mobilizing parents, students
and others in their community to address concerns of cyberbullying.
The book covers the following:
research insight about face-to-face bullying to cyberbullying issues.
- how the use of information and communication technologies can
issues, including free speech and district negligence, as well as
criminal laws and civil law remedies that may apply to cyberbullying
situations. (This section is specific to US law, but guidance is
provided on seeking information on the application of the laws of
approach to prevent cyberbullying at school and off campus.
to intervene in cases of cyberbullying, including intervening in student-to-student
cyberbullying, threat assessment, and intervening when the school or
educator(s) are the target of the online cruelty.
cyberbullying survey to conduct a needs assessment with students.
language for policies for Internet and mobile electronic devices (cell
phones, PDAs) use.
An informational handout that can be sent home for parents and students.
(The purchaser of the book will be granted a continuing license
to reproduce and send this handout home to parents of the students
attending his or her school. Additional distribution or distribution
throughout the district, will require an additional low-cost licensing
to guide the inclusion of a program to address cyberbullying as a component
of a District Safe and Drug Free Schools Plan for submission for funding
through the state. (This section is specific to the U.S. only.)
Do you need this book?
There are several ways to find out.
- Read some of the News
Reports and consider whether the kinds of activities reported in
other communities might be going on in your community.
- Conduct a Needs
Assessment Survey with your students. The book recommends conducting
a needs assessment survey as an important first step in developing
a plan of action to address the concerns. You can download the survey
and use it with your students.