What every school leader needs to know about cyber bullying and the law
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
Top 10 rules for addressing cyber bullying
Strategies for documenting aggressive cyber situations
User-friendly legal tests for differentiating netiquette violations from First Amendment-protected expressions
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.
1. Comprehensive and easily applied legal tests that differentiate netiquette violations from First Amendment protected expressions.
2. Strategies for school leaders to address and document aggressive cyber situations.
3. A Cyber Bullying School Sanctioning Worksheet that provides practical C-Y-A guidelines for school decision makers. These guidelines support transparent accountability, identify specific and objective factors, and document a schools decision to sanction cyber bullying incidents.
4. Real-world cyber bullying scenarios from court cases that address the authority of schools to regulate, censor, or sanction inappropriate cyber expression by students both on and off campus.
"This concise, yet thorough guide offers practical and legally sound strategies to effectively confront, document, and successfully resolve allegations of cyber bullying. Given the dire consequences of inaction or ignorance, this book is required reading." -- David Freitas, Professor
"This book takes a current topic of concern, describes the legal precedents involved in the discipline of students who engage in this type of behavior, and then wraps up the text with a very helpful Matrix Tool to allow for consistency of response when dealing with a sensitive cyber situation. I'd recommend this text for all administrators!" -- Jill Gildea, Superintendent
"A quality administrative outlook on an important topic. This resource is a healthy blend of the theoretical and practical. It is a useful resource for school administrators or a committee of teachers exploring the topic in order to establish their own policies." -- Library Media Connection, August/September 2011
"This is an extremely timely reference book that provides educators with the background and the tools necessary to deal with Cyber bullying in an objective, yet proactive way. This book helps to establish a balance between rights and responsibilities for all." -- Barb Keating, Principal
"This resource is a healthy blend of the theoretical and practical and a useful resource for school administrators, teacher committees exploring the topic to establish their own policies, or even graduate students investigating the topic. Highly recommended." -- Jessica Hudson, Librarian
|About the Authors|
|Introduction: The Digital Generation Expresses Itself|
|Resolving School Cyber Situations|
|Untangling the Confusion Involving Public School Censorship|
|Supreme Court Speaks on Student Expression|
|The Local Take on Student Expression|
|Inappropriate Student Expressions Controlled by Fraser|
|Antipedagogical Student Expressions Controlled by Hazelwood|
|Disruptive Student Expressions Controlled by Tinker|
|School Authority Beyond the Schoolhouse Gate|
|a School's Duty to Protect|
|Proactive Approaches to Cyber Bullying|
|Lessons Learned and Rules to Live By|
|Four Lessons Learned From Experience|
|Top Ten Rules That Govern School Authority Over Student Cyber Expressions|
|The Matrix: An Administrator's Decision-Making Tool|
|Introduction to the Matrix|
|Working the Matrix|
|Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.|
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 25th January 2011
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.7
Weight (kg): 0.45