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A Parent and Teacher Training Program for Cyberbullying Detection and Intervention


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A Parent and Teacher Training Program for Cyberbullying Detection and Intervention is a presentation of Andy Jeter's action research proposal for his Master's program.

A Parent and Teacher Training Program for Cyberbullying Detection and Intervention is a presentation of Andy Jeter's action research proposal for his Master's program.

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  • 1. The Ryan Halligan Story *If the above video doesn’t play, view it at
  • 2. A Parent and Teacher Training Program for Cyberbullying Detection and Intervention An Action Research Proposal by Andy Jeter
  • 3. About this Presentation One requirement of my Master’s program involves an Action Research Project. One component of the project is a presentation of my proposal to other professionals in the education field. The University of Phoenix has a non-implementation policy so my research will not involve data from our school. My hope is that, through sharing what I’ve learned with my colleagues, I might provide you with valuable information that you can use to the benefit of our students.
  • 4. What is Cyberbullying? “Cyberbullying is the deliberate and persistent harassment of an individual or a group of individuals using one or more Internet-based communication methods” (CyberAngels Internet Safety Program, 2007). This definition of cyberbullying has grown to include the use of mobile telecommunication enabled devices such as cellular phones.
  • 5. Why Cyberbullying? Cyberbullying affects the age group of our students more than any other age group. This growing problem has impacts off and on campus. Unlike the so-called playground bullying of yesterday, cyberbullying has the ability to follow students wherever they go. The constant bombardment of harassment threatens the well-being and safety of students as well as student achievement.
  • 6. Problem Statement The problem is that a majority of educators and parents of middle and high school students are unaware of the warning signs of cyberbullying and how to address incidents involving cyberbullying.
  • 7. Problem Description Cyberbullying affects student performance and safety. Most cyberbullying happens off school campus by it’s impacts are felt on campus. A lack of parent and teacher awareness of cyberbullying has resulted from the absence of information on detection and intervention of cyberbullying.
  • 8. Problem Description Most cyberbullying occurs unreported and undetected. Parents and teachers are uninformed and ill-equipped to handle cyberbullying incidents when they learn of them.
  • 9. Prior Research Prior research suggests that the advent of popular social networking sites has led to an increase in online bullying (Cyberbullying concerns, 2007). In a study of students between the ages of 11 and 16, reasearchers found that many victims of traditional bullying are also victims of cyberbullying while many bullies who participate in traditional bullying also cyberbully (Mahdavi et al., 2008).
  • 10. Prior Research A study in Sweden found that adolescents were more likely to tell their friends or nobody at all about their cyberbullying experiences and that many victims of cyberbullying had also bullied others (Slonje & Smith, 2008). A study of bullying behavior amongst students aged 11, 13, and 15 found that students who have a greater sense of empowerment from their teachers are less likely to participate or become victims of cyberbullying (Nation et al., 2008).
  • 11. Prior Research Research shows that less than 1/10th of cyberbullying victims report telling an adult (Dehue & Bolman, 2008, p. 220). Students are more likely to tell a friend about being cyberbullied than an adult (Feinburg & Robey, 2009). Of reasons not to tell an adult, 50% of victims didn’t tell a parent that they were being bullied because they believed they ‘‘need to learn to deal with it’’ (Juvonen & Gross, 2008).
  • 12. Prior Research Research suggests that most schools do not clearly address cyberbullying in their policies (Smith et al., 2008).
  • 13. Project Goal The goal of this project is that a majority of educators and parents will be adequately informed of effective strategies to detect incidents involving cyberbullying as well as measures that can be taken to intervene when cyberbullying occurs.
  • 14. Solution Strategy Creation of a committee of faculty and parents to plan trainings and to determine the content, scope and sequence for trainings and workshops that will focus on cyberbullying education for stakeholders and students. Trainings will be held for teachers to clarify school policies, implementing cyberbullying education for students, strategies for detecting cyberbullying behavior and the appropriate course of action for intervention.
  • 15. Solution Strategy For parents, workshops will be held to clarify school policies, steps to take to ensure children’s safe and ethical use of technology outside of school, who to contact if cyberbullying occurs and how to intervene effectively. Trainings will not only educate parents about cyberbullying and school policy, but will provide a basis for creating a network between the home and school.
  • 16. Solution Strategy A follow-up session will be held following the separate trainings, bringing teachers, administrators, community members and parents together to establish a network amongst all stakeholders. Community members such as resource officers and other relevant agencies and organizations will be invited to attend the session to provide information about the services they provide.
  • 17. How is Success Measured? Quantitative analysis will be used to evaluate the results of this study. A comparison of referral data before, during, and after implementation of the solution strategy will be done to show percentages of incidents involving cyberbullying that include prior intervention by a parent or teacher.
  • 18. Resources Cyberbullying Research Center - This website is run by two leading researchers on the topic of cyberbullying, Dr. Justin W. Patchin and Dr. Sameer Hinduja. Their research has involved data from over 10,000 youth about their experiences with cyberbullying. BrainPop: Cyberbullying - /: BrainPop provides an engaging video lesson about cyberbullying as well as a quiz. and other activities. Quiz results can be emailed to the teacher. BrainPop: Digital Etiquette - te/: BrainPop also provides a video lesson focusing on digital etiquette that also has a quiz. This lesson and the cyberbullying lesson make for a great pairing on cyberbullying related issues.
  • 19. Resources Stop Cyberbullying - - This website provides information organized specifically for different age groups and or stakeholders including ages 7-10, 11-13, 14-17, parents, educators and law enforcement. The site provides general information about cyberbullying, laws, and ways to take action. SafeKids: Cyberbullying Resources - - This page serves as a portal to cyberbullying resources. CyberSmart: Cyberbullying Awareness Curriculum - This website provides a curriculum created through a partnership between the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and CyberSmart that focuses on cyberbullying prevention at the classroom level as well providing outreach to families and the community.
  • 20. Resources National Crime Prevention Council: Cyberbullying - The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) website provides a detailed explanation of cyberbullying and resources including information about training, downloadable resources, and programs offered. National Conference of State Legislatures: Cyberbullying - This website provides a list of links to educator guides, programs, and other cyberbullying related information. Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use - - This website provides detailed information and resources on cybersafety related topics as well as more specific forms of cyberbullying.
  • 21. References Dehue, F., Bolman, C., & Völlink, T. (2008). Cyberbullying: Youngsters' experiences and parental perception. CyberPsychology & Behavior, 11(2), 217-223. Retrieved January 4, 2010 from Ebsco Host. Feinberg, T., & Robey, N. (2009). Cyberbullying. Education Digest, 74(7), 26. Retrieved January 7, 2010 from MasterFILE Premier database. Juvonen, J., & Gross, E. (2008). Extending the school grounds?—Bullying experiences in cyberspace. Journal of School Health, 78(9), 496-505. Retrieved January 7, 2010 from Ebsco Host. Mahdavi, J., Smith, P., Carvalho, M., Fisher, S., Russell, S., & Tippett, N. (2008). Cyberbullying: Its nature and impact in secondary school pupils. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 49(4), 376-385. Retrieved January 7, 2010 from Ebsco Host. Nation, M., Vieno, A., Perkins, D., & Santinello, M. (2008). Bullying in school and adolescent sense of empowerment: an analysis of relationships with parents, friends, and teachers. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 18(3), 211- 232. Retrieved January 7, 2010 from Ebsco Host. Slonje, R., & Smith, P. (2008). Cyberbullying: Another main type of bullying? Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 49(2), 147- 154. Retrieved January 7, 2010 from Ebsco Host. Smith, P.K., Mahdavi, J., Carvalho, M., & Tippett, N. (2006). An investigation into cyberbullying, its forms, awareness and impact, and the relationship between age and gender in cyberbullying. Retrieved January 7, 2010 from Ebsco Host. What is cyberbullying? (2007)CyberAngels Internet Safety Program. Retrieved May 14, 2010, from (2007). Cyberbullying concerns on the rise. American School Board Journal, 194(4), 16. Retrieved January 7, 2010 from MasterFILE Premier database.