ERIC Number: ED512200
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Responding to Cyber Bullying: An Action Tool for School Leaders
Myers, Jill Joline; McCaw, Donna S.; Hemphill, Leaunda S.
A parent brings a cyber bullying incident to your attention and expects you to resolve it. What are the students' rights and your responsibilities according to the law? Because the laws regarding disciplinary action are still evolving, this manual fills the gap by providing public school leaders with data-driven solutions for managing cyber bullying incidents. The authors offer clear guidance for honoring free expression while providing a safe learning environment. Helpful tools include: (1) Top 10 rules for addressing cyber bullying; (2) Strategies for documenting aggressive cyber situations; (3) User-friendly legal tests for differentiating netiquette violations from First Amendment-protected expressions; and (4) The MATRIX, a rubric that provides efficient and clear decision-making guidelines for determining appropriate responses to cyber bullying incidents (also available online). Relevant case studies give examples of schools' authority to regulate, censor, or sanction inappropriate cyber expression. Mistakes can be costly, and avoiding liability is key. This book shows you how to protect yourself, your school, and your students in accordance with the law. Contents of this book are: (I) Resolving School Cyber Situations, which includes: (1) Untangling the Confusion Involving Public School Censorship; (2) Supreme Court Speaks on Student Expression; (3) The Local Take on Student Expression; (4) Inappropriate Student Expressions Controlled by Fraser; (5) Anti-Pedagogical Student Expressions Controlled by Hazelwood; (6) Disruptive Student Expressions Controlled by Tinker; (7) School Authority Beyond the Schoolhouse Gate; (8) A School's Duty to Protect; and (9) Proactive Approaches to Cyber Bullying; (II) Lessons Learned & Rules to Live By, which includes: (10) Four Lessons Learned From Experience; and (11) Top Ten Rules that Govern School Authority Over Student Cyber Expressions; and (III) The MATRIX: An Administrator's Decision-Making Tool, which includes: (12) Introduction to the MATRIX; and (13) Working the MATRIX. This book also includes: (1) Preface; (2) Introduction: The Digital Generation Expresses Itself; (3) Glossary of Terms; and (4) Index.
Descriptors: Public Schools, Discipline, Constitutional Law, Court Litigation, Student Rights, Internet, Bullying, Computers, Social Networks, Computer Mediated Communication, School Responsibility, Administrator Responsibility, Educational Environment, Aggression, Freedom of Speech, Decision Making, Data, Problem Solving, Censorship, Power Structure
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Bethel School District 403 v Fraser; First Amendment; Hazelwood School District v Kuhlmeier; Tinker v Des Moines Independent School District