Responding to Cyberbullying: Advice for Educators and Parents

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As with all social upheavals – large and small – cyberbullying and cyber misbehaviors confound and confuse us. That the modern child demonstrates such effortless and marked ease with electronic devices stymies adults even further. Despite their evident comfort with electronic devices, children today are not in fact particularly knowledgeable about the prudent and effective use of electronic communications, and thus all parties involved in cyberbullying may find themselves at a loss as to an effective response.

The responses of school administrators and parts must differ. While the first concern of educators is to ensure that all children in the school are able to learn, parents must consider issues such as their child’s development, health, social skills, and family life. Our research and fieldwork around the issue of cyberbullying have enabled us to offer the following guides in responding effectively. This chapter will review responding to cyberbullying as a School Administrator, as a Parent if your child is the victim, and as a Parent if your child is the cyberbully.

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Englander, E. (2012). Responding to Cyberbullying: Advice for Educators and Parents. In J.W. Patchin & S. Hinduja (Eds.) Cyberbullying Prevention and Response: Expert Perspectives (pp. 149-160). New York: Routledge.

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