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ERIC Number: EJ843445
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec-18
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1207-7798
Cyber-Bullying: Developing Policy to Direct Responses that are Equitable and Effective in Addressing This Special Form of Bullying
Brown, Karen; Jackson, Margaret; Cassidy, Wanda
Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, n57 p1-36 Dec 2006
The article reviews existing research on cyber-bullying, framed through a policy lens. It is clear that public policy issues for cyber-bullying involve tensions between the values of freedom of speech, the best interests of the child, and parental and school protective authority over the child. Given the complexity of the problem, as well as conflicting values, the development of effective policy requires a collaborative effort involving all stakeholders--policymakers, school officials, parents and youth. It is important to emphasize literature that delineates the differences between conventional bullying and cyber-bullying because the two are very different and must be treated and analyzed separately. Thus, the following sections set out the definitions and mechanisms of cyber-bullying for policymakers contemplating new and/or modified policies, review the characteristics of the problem and the psychology of Internet abuse, explain the physical and mental consequences of it, and outline the results of recent surveys on cyber-bullying. Finally, the article concludes with recommendations on implementing acceptable use policies at the School Board and individual school levels, as well as family contracts for home use. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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