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Cyberbullying and Digital/Internet Safety

The Internet offers a wealth of resources and material for education. Accessed through a variety of electronic devices, it also allows for rich and diverse opportunities for 21st century communications. These devices are becoming ever more diverse and ubiquitous. They raise issues of digital / Internet safety and digital citizenship. Along with ensuring that our young people have the technological skills to effectively use digital devices, platforms, and resources for educational purposes, we also have the responsibility to teach them how to be safe and productive digital citizens of the 21st century. This responsibility has been mandated through the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act.

Within this context, Washington's anti-bullying law includes the prohibition of cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is bullying using electronic devices to initiate repeated negative behavior toward a less-powerful person. Electronic name-calling, shunning and shaming are all forms of cyberbullying. So are spreading rumors, gossiping and making threats online. Schools are permitted to discipline students who engage in cyberbullying if it disrupts the orderly operation of school. Additional HIB training materials are available on the Safety Center web site.

Introductory Training Presentations - Cyberbullying

The introductory presentations below are provided to assist districts with the HIB training requirements of RCW 28A.300.285. These specifically provide information on cyberbullying:

Cyberbullying Summit

Thursday, September 13, 2012, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Microsoft Campus - The Commons, Redmond

The Youth Internet Safety Task Force invites educators, administrators, community mobilizers, prevention and social messaging experts, law enforcement and anyone else interested in helping prevent cyberbullying-to this day-long summit devoted to development of a youth cyberbullying prevention campaign.

Registration List
Summit Notes



BPS Cyber Safety Campaign

Committee for Children, 5 lesson, free, downloadable Steps to Respect Cyberbullying Prevention Module.

Common Sense Media resources for educators, including Standing Up, Not Standing By, a free cyberbullying toolkit for educators.

CyberSmart: Classroom materials around digital safety for grades K-12 from Common Sense Media.

Faux Paw: The adventures of a six-toed, Web-surfing cat that loves having fun with her friends, and who sometimes gets into trouble while being on her computer and while playing video games.

Hector's World: A resource from New Zealand to help young people learn about safe online practices and digital citizenship.

iKeepSafe: A curriculum matrix for helping students understand how to protect their own personal information and respect the privacy of others.

Mop the Net Day: A school-based opportunity for students to delete, change, modify or otherwise update their online images. These materials include a template each for getting ready, spring cleaning, and follow-up.

NetSmartz: Classroom and background information and resources from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

SPS Middle School Cyberbullying Curriculum: A complete cyberbullying curriculum designed to stand alone or fit into ongoing bullying prevention work.

Stay Safe Online: Resources from the National Cyber Security Alliance.

Internet Safety Brochure
Cyber Safety: Tips for Safe Surfing, is a full-color, two-page brochure for parents and teens. Schools may print this as a brochure and distribute to their families.

Download the brochure
The brochure is available as a PDF download in nine languages:
English | Tagalog | Spanish | Cambodian | Korean
Russian | Somali | Ukranian | Vietnamese

The following is a limited list of laws and policies. It is not exhaustive, but rather identified several of laws and policies which are pertinent to cyberbullying and digital/Internet safety. Please check with state and local agencies for laws and policies in your area.
State by State:



The Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act adds statutory language to existing FCC rules for the implementation of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). CIPA compliance, in turn, impacts ERate compliance. In addition to existing CIPA requirements, the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act now also requires school boards to update their Internet Use/Internet Safety policies to include statutory language to say they are providing for the education of minors regarding appropriate online behavior including interacting with others on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and regarding cyberbullying awareness and response.

Sexting is not a singular thing. It covers a range of possible actions and motivations. Sexting is online communication involving youth produced sexually explicit or suggestive images created and shared through the use of personal communication technologies. Sexting response requires clear policies and procedures, common sense, compassion and a known plan of action. Discuss sexting with your legal office before a situation arises.

Sexting: A Typology: A definition and examination of sexting from the University of New Hampshire Crimes Against Children Research Center.

Sexting: A Brief Guide for Educators and Parents: A brief overview from the Cyberbullying Research Center.

Sexting Guidance for School Leaders: Guidance from the Center for Safe and responsible Internet Use.

These documents have been developed by reliable sources. They are designed to help adults in schools and at home better understand what social networking is and how to use it safely. They will help people to more easily talk with youth about appropriate behaviors and safety issues and to be better prepared to be help when necessary.

Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard

ChildrenOnline: Children Online provides links to various resources and informative articles for and from parents and educators.

Common Sense Media: A resources dedicated to providing the trustworthy information and education in the world of media and technology.

Connect Safely: Safety tips, advice, news and resources for parents, educators and youth.

Cyberbullying Research Center: The Cyberbullying Research Center provides up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents.

Family Online Safety Institute: FOSI works to make the online world safer for kids and their families.

Get Net Wise: GetNetWise is a public service of the Internet industry and public interest organizations to help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences

Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force: Internet resources to be better informed about the online dangers and challenges.

Microsoft Online Safety: Resources to help kids stay safe online.

National Crime Prevention Council: Cyberbullying information from the NCPC.

Net Family News: Kid-Tech news for parents.

NetSmartz: Classroom and background information and resources from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

NTIA Online Safety & Technology Work Group: Youth Safety on a Living Internet: Report of the Online Safety and Technology Working Group.

SafeKids: Larry Magid's site is one of the oldest and most enduring sites for Internet safety.

US Department of Education: Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies; 2011

Wired Safety: This site provides one-to-one help, extensive information, and education to cyberspace users of all ages.

The following are a few selected links and resources which provide background and context for adults and can help teach youth online safety. Many sites provide links to additional resources.

A Thin Line: A site created by MTV to empower youth to identify, respond to, and stop digital abuse among young people.A Thin Line has recently added a Grown Ups link for parents and educators.

NetSmartz: Classroom and background information and resources from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.