Schools come in all shapes and sizes, from affluent high-tech private schools to single building rural public schools, to home schools, faith-based schools , military, non-diverse suburban and multi-ethnic innercity schools. But they all struggle to maintain safer school climates and promote learning, notwithstanding declining budgets and increased responsibilities and testing targets.
WiredSafety is here to help. Our extensive cyberbullying, sexting, school risk management and safer school eco-system programs and resources help schools address the rising cybercrimes and abuses they are experiencing, give them the expertise to design programs for their own schools or adopt ours and learn about the trends before they hit.
Our school programs and materials are designed and/or vetted by technology educators, school network administrators, guidance counselors, SROs, students and teachers. They work and are easy to use and understand. Instead of a fullfledged curriculum, we offer short classroom activities and learning objects that can be used to fill a substitute class or a few minutes available in any class or build an entire digital literacy and cybersafety program. No one has morematerials on cyberbullying or other common school digital risks, such as sexting, than WiredSafety does. We run StopCyberbullying.org, Tweenangels.org and Teenangels.org too. Check out all of our resources, drop by WiredCampus for an online class or two and consider joining WiredSafety as one of our WiredEd team volunteers or advisors.
School CyberBullying Policies
Schools are under attack. Policymakers, parents, the plaintiffs' bar and governmental agencies are turning to them to address the growing cyberbullying problem. At the same time, students are under attack too - by other students as cyberbullying targets.
More and more states are adopting cyberbullying laws requiring schools to adopt and implement cyberbullying policies and procedures and school personnel in at least one state may even face personal liability for failing to adhere to them. Yet, schools are operating under impaired conditions with reduced budgets, increased responsibility and smaller staff. And now we add "cyberbullying prevention" to their long to-do lists. (You can read more about these challenges in our "Building a StopCyberbullying Ecosystem" in the StopCyberbullying Toolkit, printed version.)
The only way to survive these challenges is by establishing measureable and reasonable goals, setting clear and enforceable policies, communicating expectations and procedures to implement the policies and enforcing them. The StopCyberbullying Policies, Procedures and Enforcement Primer Toolkit printed version helps demystify the process and provides some helpful tips to doing this right for your school. This is not a "one-size fits all" primer. Rather, it provides insight from Parry Aftab, Esq., one of the leading cyberbullying legal experts in the world on what she advises her school, industry and public policy clients.