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ERIC Number: EJ813570
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Cyberbullying
Feinberg, Ted; Robey, Nicole
Principal Leadership, v9 n1 p10-14 Sep 2008
Cyberspace presents a serious challenge for adults who are concerned about the safety and well-being of adolescents. Approximately 93% of U.S. youths ages 12-17 use the Internet, a significant increase from 2004. The number of teens with online profiles, including those on social networking sites, also has increased. Importantly, 38% of high school students make efforts to hide their online activities from their parents. Cyberbullying has grown in concert with increased rates of Internet use. The problem for schools has grown as well. Although bullying and relational aggression among students are longtime concerns, the elusive nature of cyberbullying compounds the difficulty of identifying harmful behavior and intervening to stop it. Principals across the country are struggling to determine their authority over actions that technically may occur outside of school but for which the effects on students in school are very real. Cyberbullying can undermine school climate, interfere with victims' school functioning, and put some students at risk for serious mental health and safety problems. Out of sight cannot be out of mind. School leaders cannot ignore cyberbullying but rather must understand its legal and psychological ramifications and work with staff members, students, and parents to stop it. In this article, the author discusses: (1) what is cyberbullying; (2) cyberbullies and victims; (3) consequences of cyberbullying; and (4) what schools can do to prevent and respond more effectively to cyberbullying.
National Association of Secondary School Principals. 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1537. Tel: 800-253-7746; Tel: 703-860-0200; Fax: 703-620-6534; Web site: http://www.principals.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A