Cyberbullying Solutions

What We Provide

We provide services to school districts and schools in a variety of ways, including:

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Cyberbullying is a people problem, and it requires a people solution. Until the courts provide clear constitutional guidance on how schools may regulate online speech, education is the most effective way to respond. These include:

  • educate students with information about what cyberbullying is, as well as costs and consequences, to the perpetrators, the targets, and the school as a whole. They see, hear and know more than adults do about particular incidents of cyberbullying, and are in the best position to prevent and stop it.
  • train administrators and staff to recognize and respond
  • educate parents; inform them of district policies and state or other laws, and provide them with tips and tools for preventing, recognizing and responding.

What Is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying and electronic aggression are the fastest growing forms of bullying, and the most pervasive and widespread. 

  • 1,000,000 children were harrassed, threatened or subjected to other forms of cyberbullying on Facebook in the past year. (Consumer Reports, June 2011)
  • 42% of young people have been bullied on line. One in four have had it happen more than once. (AP-MTV Digital Abuse Study, 2009)

Cyberbullying is the use of electronic devices – computers, cell phones, instant messaging, e-mail, chat rooms or social networking sites to harass, threaten or intimidate someone. It often includes rumors, insults and images about a person’s identity or other characteristics.

Impact and Cost

The impact and costs of cyberbullying to students and the school is significant. Targeted students are stressed and distracted from learning. In some cases, students have taken extreme measures, including suicide, because the problem seems so overwhelming and targets often don’t know who the bully is. Because of the viral nature of cyberbullying, and it mostly occuring outside the school, it is very difficult for educators to track.

Cyberbullying And The Law

Cyberbullying and other forms of electronic aggression are growing. While all 50 states have enacted anti-bullying legislation, 34 have laws specifically targeting cyberbullying, and many schools & districts are also developing policies. This is a particularly challenging issue for schools because:

  • it often happens “off campus” (unless school computers or other school hardware is used)
  • the aggressors/perpetrators are not easy to identify
  • targeted students are often reluctant to report the incident(s)
  • first amendment free-speech protection afforded to aggressors/perpetrators

Cyberbullying Prevention Resources

The Educator's Guide to Social Media - by Larry Magid, Ed.D and Kerry Gallagher, JD, ConnectSafely.org

Kid's Rules for Online Safety - Safekids.com

Guide to Cyberbullying Awareness and Prevention

Cyberbullying Research Center - http://www.cyberbullying.us/

iSafe – iSafe.org

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In just a few minutes, easily calculate your Annual Costs & Losses in time and money as a result of Student Suspensions...and discover how much your school or district could recover.

Student Suspensions equal higher absenteeism, which translates directly to losses in your attendance-based revenue. Suspensions also have a secondary cost: the amount of time and money it takes to process the suspensions.

We have focused on suspensions here as an example of discipline costs because they’re a significant predictor of the quality of school climate, and because they’re universally tracked by schools. Similar calculations could be made for expulsions and drop outs, or for the growing numbers of children who stay home from school every day for fear of being bullied or otherwise mistreated by their peers.

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Research shows that the most effective strategy for the prevention of harassment, cyber-aggression and bullying is empowering student bystanders to intervene. When they do, these incidents are defused, deescalated and prevented, resulting in fewer referable offenses, and ultimately, fewer suspensions.

Community Matters’ Safe School Ambassadors (SSA) program does exactly that. It wakes up students’ courage and equips them with skills to safely and effectively intervene. Based on a two‐year independent study, it has been shown that schools where the SSA program was implemented as designed, experienced a 33% decrease in suspensions. The following calculation uses that 33% decrease to calculate the amount of your potential recovery.

Cyberbullying Video from Oak Park High School Dramatization of a cyberbullying victim, and students and staff at Oak Park High School in California discuss the problem

Cyberbullying and the Impact of Social Media Rick Phillips speaks on panel addressing impact of social media on Cyberbullying, Cardinal Newman HS, Santa Rosa, CA