Steps Schools Can Take in Response to Cyberbullying
By: Paul Langhorst
School response to cyberbullying is impacted by student’s First-Amendment right and the fact that much of cyberbullying occurs not at school or during school hours, but after school and off campus. However, a recent article on BusinessRisk.com suggest some simple steps that school administration can take to respond appropriately to cyberbullying. The steps are:
- Develop clear rules and policies to prohibit the use of school technologies to bully others.
- Educate students and staff members about what types of behavior constitute cyber bullying and how the school district’s policies apply to them.
- Provide adequate supervision and monitoring of student use of technology.
- Establish systems for reporting cyber bullying or misuse of technology.
- Establish effective responses to reports of cyber bullying.
In addition we recommend that you speak with your district or school attorney, and your state attorney general to get a clear understanding of where your authority starts and stops over the matter of cyberbullying.
What steps is your school or district taking to respond to cyberbullying?