Education Week recently published commentary on addressing bullying in schools from Dr. Nicole Yetter, an educational consultant and CyberBully Hotline contributor. In her commentary, Dr. Yetter mentions that many schools are using anonymous communication programs to support students and establish a reporting mechanism. Read an excerpt of her commentary below.
By Nicole Yetter
Kids have been bullying each other for generations. But for Generation Z, also known as the iGeneration or the Net Generation, the ability to utilize technology to expand their reach—and the extent of their harm—has increased exponentially. Bullying in all forms, face-to-face or via technology, is of course unacceptable, but today's school leaders need to arm themselves with new rules and strategies to address aggressive behaviors that hurt students' well-being, their academic performance, and school climates overall.
One 2011 report suggests that many schools are not adequately preparing students to be safe in today's digitally connected age. It cites basic online safety and ethics as two areas in which students need more education.
The report, "State of K-12 Cyberethics, Cybersafety, and Cybersecurity Curriculum in the United States," was published by the National Cyber Security Alliance and sponsored by Microsoft. Among other findings, the report states that 81 percent of school administrators, including principals and superintendents, said they believe their districts are adequately preparing students in online safety, security, and ethics. However, only 51 percent of teachers agreed.
Click here to continue reading Dr. Yetter's commentary on the Education Week website.