School Climate 2.0: Preventing Cyberbullying and Sexting One Classroom at a Time

School Climate 2.0: Preventing Cyberbullying and Sexting One Classroom at a Time

School Climate 2.0: Preventing Cyberbullying and Sexting One Classroom at a Time

School Climate 2.0: Preventing Cyberbullying and Sexting One Classroom at a Time


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Empower students and staff to prevent cyberbullying and sexting

Bullying is not new, but its venues have expanded to include social media and mobile phones. When students receive hurtful, threatening, or sexually explicit electronic messages, it affects their ability to concentrate on schoolwork. Renowned cyberbullying experts Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin connect the off-campus, high-tech behaviors of teens to the school environment and provide educators with a road map for developing a positive school climate that counteracts cyberbullying and sexting. School Climate 2.0 differentiates cyberbullying from traditional bullying and offers specific strategies for improving school climate, including

  • Building a sense of community
  • Peer mentoring
  • Social norming
  • Data-driven action plans
  • Youth grassroots campaigns
  • Multi-pronged policy and programming approaches by adults

Included are anecdotes, stories, and high-profile case examples that illustrate the research. The book′s companion website features a Twitter feed and Facebook Fan Page with regular PreventionPoints you can put into action quickly, downloadable activities and worksheets, questions to facilitate staff and student discussions, and emerging best practices in school climate research and evaluation—powerful tools for bully-proofing your school.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452283708
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 04/10/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 216
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Sameer Hinduja is a professor of criminology and criminal justice at Florida Atlantic University. He is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work about cyberbullying and safe social media use among youth. His research seeks to illuminate how best to promote civility, deter harmful behavior, and proactively reduce victimization online.

Justin W. Patchin is a professor of criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. For two decades he has been exploring the intersection of teens and technology, with particular focus on cyberbullying and sexting. He travels the world helping communities make online spaces safer and kinder.

Table of Contents

Important Features of the Book
Breakdown of Chapters
About the Authors
1. Teens, Technology, and Trouble
The Story of Sam
What Would Happen to Sam Today?
Teens and Technology
Technology in Schools
Breakout Box: Delete Day
Why Schools Must Respond to Cyberbullying and Sexting
Technology Isn’t the Problem
The Power of a Positive School Climate
Discussion Questions
2. School Climate: Where It Begins and Ends
What Exactly Is School Climate?
Assessing Your School’s Climate
Breakout Box: A Positive School Climate Makes Everything Possible
Our School Climate Measure
School Climate and Behaviors at School
The Social Bond
Breakout Box: School Climate and Its Effect on School Social Issues
School Climate and Bullying
Breakout Bok: The Benefits of a Positive School Climate
Discussion Questions
3. Adolescent Mistreatment in the 21st Century: An Introduction to Cyberbullying
Bullying at School
Consequences of Bullying
What Is Cyberbullying?
Breakout Box: A Teenaged Target’s Cry for Help
The Cyberbullied
The Cyberbully
Where Does Cyberbullying Occur?
Correlates of Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying and Self-Esteem
Cyberbullying and Suicide
Cyberbullying and School-Related Delinquency and Violence
Unique Features of Cyberbullying
Breakout Box: Decoding your Digital Footprint
Breakout Box: Unique Characteristics of Cyberbullying
The Relationship Between Traditional Bullying and Cyberbullying
Discussion Questions
4. Adolescent Relationships in the 21st Century: An Introduction to Sexting
Sexting in the News
High Profile Incidents
Breakout Box: Adolescent Anger Lands Teen on the Sex Offender Registry
Why do Teens Engage in Sexting?
Sexting Images Go Viral
How Many Teens Really Participate in Sexting?
National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
Cox Communications
Pew Internet&American Life Project
Crimes Against Children Research Center
Our Own Survey
Sexting: A Continuum of Behaviors
Crimes Against Children Research Center Typology
Sexting and the Law
Breakout Box: Selected State Sexting Bills
Discussion Questions
5. School Climate and Online Misbehaviors
Breakout Box: School Climate and Cyberbullying
School Climate and Behaviors Online
Our Research
Educators′ Efforts Matter
Whom Do Targets Tell About Their Experiences With Cyberbullying?
Expectation of Discipline
Discussion Questions
6. Strategies for Improving Your School Climate
Top-Down Approach
Know Their Names
Community Building
Small Teacher-Student Ratios
Stay in the Loop
Clearly Define What Is “Not Cool”
Breakout Box: Staying in the Loop: What I’ve Learned by Listening and Understanding
Monitor Behaviors and Respond Fairly and Consistently to Problems
Encourage Active Student Participation in Decision Making
Student-Teacher Evaluations
Encourage Reporting of Any Inappropriate Behavior
Cultivate Hope
The Important Role of School Counselors
Breakout Box: School Counselors Can Help
Inform and Involve the Community
Continue to Lay the Groundwork
Use Resources Available to You
Breakout Box: What YOU Can Do to Spark Climate Change in Your School
Discussion Questions
7. It Takes a Village: Social Norms, Bystanders, and Peer Mentoring
Social Norming
An Overview of Social Norms Theory
Social Norms Theory and Traditional Bullying
Using Social Norming to Prevent Cyberbullying and Sexting
Coordinate a Student Play
Breakout Box: Using Stage Productions to Enhance School Climate
Solidarity Walk or March
Four Corners
Breakout Box: Canadian Initiatives: Students Making a Difference Against Bullying
Stop Standing By and Start Standing Up!
Breakout Box: Minnesota Twins
Peer Mentoring
Discussion Questions
8. Prevention Through Assessment: Taking the Pulse of Your School and Students
Survey Your Students
Breakout Box: Talking Points: How to Conduct Research Among Your Students
Breakout Box: Use Data to Guide Your Climate Improvement Efforts
Survey Development
Survey Administration
Breakout Box: Assessment Leads to Better Understanding
Don’t Forget About the Adults!
Focus Groups
Breakout Box: Sample Focus Group Questions
Confidentiality, Consent, and Ethical Issues
Discussion Questions
Appendix A: Our Survey Questions
Appendix B: Psychometric Properties for Cyberbullying Scale
9. Effective Prevention Requires Effective Response
Can Schools Respond to Behaviors That Occur Away From Campus?
Just Say No to “Zero Tolerance”: Utilize Informal Responses When Appropriate
Natural and Logical Consequences
Breakout Box: What Schools Should Do When Made Aware of a Cyberbullying Incident
When Can Educators Search the Contents of Student Cell Phones?
Special Considerations When Responding to Sexting Incidents
Breakout Box: What Schools Should Do When Made Aware of a Sexting Incident
Policy Issues
Breakout Box: Elements of a Cyberbullying Policy
Breakout Box: Elements of a School Sexting Policy
When to Get Law Enforcement Involved
Educate Students About the Consequences Before the Behavior
Breakout Box: One School’s Response to Social Networking Drama
A Call for Education and Outreach
Discussion Questions
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