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Old 07-19-2011, 07:28 PM
 
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Ok so i just watched the Dr. Phil show and he is wanting educators and administrators to step up and take a stand on cyberbullying. My stance on this is that teachers already have enough on their plate as it is. If little johnny is getting cyber bullied on a saturday night, is it really the schools problem? What i think is funny is that parents complain to the school and expect the school to do something about it when they can just go the source(the other kids parents) and the problem would be solved! So is it fair to involve the schools?

On a hunch i asked my roommate who has kids, he said that teachers should report any kind of cyberbullying and other things that students do even outside of school. I totally disagreed with this. I feel that teachers are teachers until they leave the campus. That person has their own life to go home to outside of work. Oh well, just wanted an opinion. What do you guys think?
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Old 07-19-2011, 07:30 PM
 
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No. Leave it to the parents and police.
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Agreed with maja. Schools have enough to deal with and experience has shown that they have very little power wrt bullying b/c they are hindered by so many laws from getting involved or disciplining in any real way.

If and when bullying happens on school grounds, then schools have jurisdiction to step in. However, on the internet, no jurisdiction. The best thing to do is to call the police b/c harassment is illegal at any age. Not to mention that bullies usually back down when an officer shows up on their doorstep and informs them (and their parents) what will happen if they persist. The police are always the best resource to combat bullying; in fact, that's why we pay their salaries: to keep the peace and ensure civility vs. escalation and/or vigilante justice.
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:24 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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The problem is that what happens on social media many times gets carried to school the next day where we then have to deal with it.

We probably had at least 2 dozen fights, mostly girls, this past year that were directly tied in with what someone posted on Facebook or somewhere else.

Some students also put together a school **** page detailing the various activities that the girls named would do. That was a group effort that included both boys and girls.

One student, a senior, was convincing the 9th grade girls to send him, mostly through texting, naked pictures of themselves which he then posted on various internet sites.
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:55 PM
 
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I agree with North Beach Person; the schools only should be providing the best quality education they can, and if cyberbullying begins tormenting students' lives during school or there is shown to be evidence that the school is not attempting to even discourage something linked to the cyberbullying that occured (fights, derogatory comments, ect), thus causing a disruption in learning, then the school should do something. They should only go that far though.

I also compeletly disagree that schools should make it their problem even when a student is outside school. Doing so is stretching their time and budget, which is hurting other students' education. To say otherwise is ignoring other kids.
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:09 AM
 
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Our school district has been working for at least 10 years to minimize bullying and cyberbulling. There are programs out there for school districts.
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:27 AM
 
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If a teacher knows of abuse or possible criminal activity, they need to speak up. Yes, they are not teachers 24/7 but they have a responsibility to not stay silent when they know of harm to a student. Going to the parents would rarely solve the problem, since parents who allow their children to act like little sociopaths are inept at parenting. The school doesn't have the power or place to police but they should at least report illegal activities and discourage cyberbullying.
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Old 07-21-2011, 02:29 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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If a teacher knows of abuse or possible criminal activity, they need to speak up. Yes, they are not teachers 24/7 but they have a responsibility to not stay silent when they know of harm to a student. Going to the parents would rarely solve the problem, since parents who allow their children to act like little sociopaths are inept at parenting. The school doesn't have the power or place to police but they should at least report illegal activities and discourage cyberbullying.

That's already the law and has been for years.
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Old 07-21-2011, 05:38 PM
 
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Put boxing gloves on them and give them a mouthpiece. This could be a new reality TV show.
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Old 07-21-2011, 05:44 PM
 
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wait wait ...let me make sure i got this right..so if a teacher sees a child doing something..even OUTSIDE of school property and not DURING school hours they have to report them?

My roommate and i had a discussion on this that if i went to a club and a 16 year old student snuck in, would i report them. I told him look if they snuck in, its not my job to stop what i am doing just to go play tattle tale on a student...so i told him i would do nothing. The only things i know that teachers have to report is child molestation and/or domestic violence.
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