Cyberbullying policy hits the right note
One final point: Just because there is now a stronger policy governing cyberbullying in the city's schools doesn't relieve others from the responsibility of doing their part to prevent it from happening in the first place.
Chief among the changes is a provision that covers bullying off school grounds, if it can be determined that the conduct "interferes with a pupil's educational opportunities or substantially disrupts the orderly operations of the school or school sponsored activity or event."
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One recent survey of 4,400 students between the ages of 11 and 18 found that about 20 percent had been victims of cyberbullying at some stage in their lives, according to a report compiled by the Cyberbullying Research Center. A similar percentage acknowledged cyberbullying others, while one in 10 described themselves Nike Air Max 90 Gs White
the adoption of a stricter policy, coupled with all the public attention that goes along with it, might help to ensure it never does.
The board's action followed a positive recommendation from its Policy Committee, which has been working on it for months, and the third of three public hearings to gather input from the school community.
If every bully looked like Bluto in the "Popeye the Sailor" cartoons, rooting out bullying from American schools might not be such a difficult task.
How prevalent is cyberbullying among youths today in this country? Prevalent enough.
Much of this takes place under the national radar, of course, but every once in a while horrible incidents occur that rise to national prominence.
The six page policy defines bullying as any action that physically harms a student or his or her property, causes emotional distress, interferes with educational opportunities, creates a hostile environment, or disrupts the orderly operation of a school. It also lays out the process to be followed from the filing of the complaint up through the disciplinary and appeals process.
parents, students and anyone else for their participation in shaping this new policy.
We also urge other school districts in the region to complete their work on their own policies, if they have yet to do so, as required by the new state law. HB 1523 calls for all school districts to adopt a written policy prohibiting cyberbullying no later than Jan. 1, 2001.
as both perpetrators and victims of the practice.
That's what happened this past spring when Phoebe Prince, a 15 year old freshman at South Hadley High School in Massachusetts, committed suicide after being the victim of persistent bullying by her peers. Nine juveniles and adults were arrested and charged with crimes, including criminal harassment and civil rights violations.
On Monday night, the Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt a new Air Max 90 Mens Black and improved version of its bullying policy, one that specifically covers cyberbullying. The policy replaces one originally approved in 2001 and most recently revised in 2004.
But they don't. Today, Popeye's bearded, musclebound nemesis has been replaced by boys and girls using computers, cell phones and other electronic devices to torment their foes.
Fortunately, nothing approaching that level of tragedy has occurred here in Greater Nashua, but that doesn't mean it can't. That is why Air Max 90 Size
Earlier this year, Gov. John Lynch signed a bill (HB 1523) into law that required all school districts to develop a written antibullying policy that specifically included cyberbullying. Rep. Pamela Price, R Nashua, was among the bill's co sponsors.
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