Do We Need Cyberbullying Legislation? post thumbnail

Do We Need Cyberbullying Legislation?

I had a recent exchange with several colleagues about whether or not we need cyberbullying legislation, and if so, what that legislation should look like.  I thought perhaps others would be interested in my perspective so I am posting my thoughts here.  As always, you are welcome to provide your thoughts… My experience working with […]

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Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Cyberbullying

I spoke at an Autism conference last week, and presented information on cyberbullying victimization and Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) among youth.  I am particularly interested in this population as one of my close friend’s has AS, and has shared with me his experiences being harassed by peers who perceive them as “different.”  These youth are especially […]

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Autism and Cyberbullying

I spoke at an Autism conference last week, and presented information on cyberbullying victimization and ASD youth.  I am particularly interested in this population as one of my close friends is on the spectrum, and has shared with me his experiences being harassed by peers who perceive them as “different.”  These youth are especially susceptible […]

Are teachers and parents really talking to youth about online safety? post thumbnail

Are teachers and parents really talking to youth about online safety?

As you know, we are endlessly working to have our finger on the pulse of how adults are educating youth about online technology.  The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Educational Technology Policy, Research, and Outreach (ETPRO) recently found that less than 25% of educators feel comfortable teaching students about Internet safety issues.  You and […]

The sexting case in Virginia, and the need to identify and share best practices post thumbnail

The sexting case in Virginia, and the need to identify and share best practices

Justin and I have both blogged about the case where an assistant principal in Virginia was charged with possession of child pornography after trying to investigate a sexting case through the collection of evidence where a student emailed the evidence (a sexually-explicit picture of a minor) to his office computer.  The charges were eventually dropped, […]

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Video recordings of student and teacher behavior in the classroom

In this recent story from the West Coast, a 15-year-old high-schooler named Arielle was suspended for two days after surreptitiously capturing video on her cell phone of her chaotic algebra class.  Apparently, the situation was horrible with the teacher unable to control the students, who were participating in paper-ball fights, smoking cigarettes and marijuana, and […]

More on seizure and search of student cell phones at school… post thumbnail

More on seizure and search of student cell phones at school…

In April, Justin briefly blogged about this article from the Washington post entitled My Students. My Cellphone. My Ordeal. I’d like to follow up by saying that more educators are contacting us with questions on what to do in cases where students have cell phones with sexually-explicit pictures of other youth on them.  While the […]

Same Story, Different Day: Another Teen Suicide Associated with Bullying post thumbnail

Same Story, Different Day: Another Teen Suicide Associated with Bullying

Another story has surfaced where a teen committed suicide after experiencing bullying.  The Chicago Tribune reports that Iain Steele, a 15-year-old boy from a western suburb of Chicago, hung himself in the basement of his home.  This case, like many others, illustrates the omnipresent nature of adolescent bullying in the 21st century.  Iain was bullied […]

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Facebook Cyberbullying Policy

Here’s a recent query I received from an educator who I have worked with in the past.  I thought her question and my response would be of interest to others so I am posting both here.  Does your school district have a policy regarding cyberbullying or Facebook?  How about cyberbullying on Facebook? Question: “The reason […]

When Does Free Speech Become Cyberbullying? post thumbnail

When Does Free Speech Become Cyberbullying?

There was an article published in the New York Times last week which discussed the case of Katherine Evans.  Katherine was displeased with her high school English teacher and posted about this displeasure on Facebook: “To those select students who have had the displeasure of having Ms. Sarah Phelps, or simply knowing her and her […]

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