As our students gain more and more access to technology, they encounter exciting new learning opportunities as well as potentially harmful tools. So far, our rollout of Chromebooks for fourth--twelfth grade students has gone very smoothly. It is typically on personally owned devices, off the school network, where issues can more easily escalate.
What is cyberbullying?
"Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.
Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles." Source: StopBullying.gov
What are the consequences of cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is handled like any allegation of harassment and consequences vary depending on the findings of an investigation.
What we're doing to protect students at school
- Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)
- Banned words list
- Google Safe Search is enforced
- Teaching students about safe use of technology in their tech classes
- Content blocker/firewall
What you can do at home
- Talk to your student about cyberbullying and internet safety, using some of the following resources as guides
- Technology Use Contract between parent and child: You can use the terms of this contract to have a conversation with your child about both of your roles in ensuring responsible use of technology.
- Responding to Cyberbullying: Top 10 Tips for Parents
What we can do together
- Report, investigate, and respond immediately to all cyberbullying incidents
- Continually talk to kids about internet safety and cyberbullying
- Monitor students' use of technology
- How do you Solve a Problem Like Yik Yak - Added 10/28/2014
- Technology Use Contract Between a Parent and Child - Added 10/28/2014
- Responding to Cyberbullying - Added 10/28/2014