Administrator's guide to cyberbullying
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
My contribution to Stop Cyberbullying Day is going to be threefold. First, this quick quiz:
Second, although my graphic design skills aren't the greatest, I made some badges that can be used by others as desired:
Third, I created an online presentation that outlines the basic legal parameters for dealing with student or employee cyberbullying incidents:
- Administrator's Guide to Cyberbullying (23 minutes)
I made it quickly, so it's not as polished as it could be, but I hope that it's helpful for school administrators and other technology leaders across the country. The presentation goes into detail about the six cyberbullying cases that have resulted in a judicial decision, describes why five of those cases have gone against the school officials, and then outlines some other options that schools have for dealing with electronic bullying or harassment. [FYI, the presentation is a modified version of the longer presentation I gave on this topic last December. Comments or suggestions regarding the presentation are most welcome. I can revise and repost it easily.]
I'm looking forward to seeing other folks' contributions to Stop Cyberbullying Day and am hopeful that we'll see a significant flurry of activity on this topic today. Thanks, Andy, for this great idea.
Update: here's another case that went against the school.