A couple of school districts have recently contacted me in a panic about how cyberbullying has been a major actionable issue for them since the start of the school year, but that they don’t know where to even begin (apart from amending the school policy to cover “electronic” variants of harassment). They realize that additional efforts and a multipronged approach will be most useful, but they are not sure as to what should be prioritized.
So, I’ve been pointing them to a new, helpful resource we’ve recently developed: the Cyberbullying Report Card. This downloadable document allows schools to gauge and benchmark their current position and ability to prevent and respond to Internet-based aggression among students. The findings from this Report Card can then be used as a springboard for specific initiatives, as it indicates where deficiencies exist. It should also prompt further consideration of other related strategies that might reduce the problem. Email or call us with your Report Card results, and let us know the next steps your district will take. We’ll give you feedback accordingly.