Jones, M. (2012).
Students - bullying - cyberbullying
CyberBullying as implicated by policy two is all forms of harassment via the internet. It is
considered a violation of policy and of school computer use. Misuse of schools’ computer is prohibited. “
CyberBullying includes, but is not limited to the following misuses of technology:harassing, teasing, intimidating, threatening, or terrorizing another person by sending or postinginappropriate and hurtful e-mail messages, instant messages, text messages, digital pictures orimages, or Website postings, including blogs.
” (Jones, 2012).
Also, cyber bullying can bedefined as someone pretending to be someone they are not online. If cyber bullying is happening,documentation should be made. This policy puts responsibility on students being cyber bullied totell administration. Consequences for cyber bullying include: the loss of computer privileges,detention, suspension, or expulsion for verified perpetrators of cyber bullying. Also, lawenforcement will be contacted.Making the world aware of the cyber bullying is a strength for any school or district. The factthat this school has implemented a policy against any such acts is commendable. The level of explanation in the types of cyber bullying that can occur are very thorough in this policy, evenmore so than the previous policy. This policy suggests students and parents keep record of evidence of cyber bullying. I think that this is very important in any case. Administration shallfully investigate all reports of cyber bullying. This statement is a powerful standing point for theschool. This school takes any type of electronic forms of harassment seriously. This is importantfor any school.This school policy does have a few weaknesses to discuss. The first I would like to address is
theconsequences of cyber bullying. Loss of computer seems so minute when considering the possibledamages of student cyber bullying. Although some forms of cyber bullying are harsher than others, I
don’t see how loss of computer is a strong enough consequence. Compared t
o the first school, I believethat this school should reassess their disciplinary measures. Also, the consequences seem very vague.
disciplinary action shall be based upon whether the conduct is determined to be severelydisruptive of the educational process so that it markedly interrupts or severely impedes the day-to-day operations of a school. In addition, such conduct must also be violative of another Districtpolicy. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to threats made on or off school grounds, to killor hurt a staff member or student.
” This portion of the policy seems a little too subjective.