Cyber Bullying and School By Christine Rozwadowski
Why is this an Important Issue? Schools today are using more online learning experiences. The more time a student spends online, the more opportunities there will be for cyber bullying to occur.
What is it? Cyber bullying consists of: Name calling. Insults. Threats of physical harm. Threats of sexual harm. Inappropriate sexual comments.
Where does it occur?
Social Networking Sites.
Who is at risk? School aged children. Children who are allowed unsupervised internet access.
Impact on the Student Low self esteem. Depression. Poor performance in school.
Impact on Schools Victims of cyber bullying may ultimately: Commit Suicide. Perform violent acts on other students.
What Are Schools Doing? Educating students about this issue. School Officials take action.
Legislation People are pushing for laws against cyber bullying. Laws are difficult to create. Laws would be difficult to enforce.
Conclusion Cyber bullying has a negative impact on students and the entire school. Schools are feeling more responsible for the safety of their students while they are on the internet. People are pushing for legislation. Legislation is difficult to pass and enforce.
References Whitaker, Jodie, and Brad Bushman. "Online Dangers: Keeping Children and Adolescents Safe." Washington and Law Lee Review (2009): n. pag. Web. 23 Mar 2010. Ford, Algeria. "School Liability: Holding Middle Schools Liable For Cyber Bullying Despite Their Implementation of Internet Usage Contracts." Journal of Law and Education (2009) Stop Cyber Bullying. Wired Kids, 23 03 2010. Web. 23 Mar 2010. <http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/index2.html>.
References Cont. Pictures 1, 2, and 4 from clip art. Picture 3 "Exam Exhaustion." The Contented. Web. 24 Mar 2010. <http://www.flickr.com/photos/the-contented/940982507/>.