Fact: Our students and staff are being threatened, humiliated, intimidated and discriminated against through electronic means.
Fact: Majority of students are actually threatened by someone they have met.
Fact: Cyber bullying can and does occur all day, both at school and at home.
Fact: Both females and males are bullied and very few students tell anyone that they are being bullied.
Where might students and staff experience cyber-bullying or security threats?
- Social networks including: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, mySpace, MSN
- Mobile Phones including: SMS/Video/Picture/Text
- Email, Chatrooms, Blogs
- Internal/External School Portal Folders if there is a security breach
These Technology Tools can be used to assist with addressing cyber bullying:
- Internet Filters
- Secure Firewalls
- Anti-Virus/Malware Protection
- Monitoring and Management Reporting
- Password Protection
- Extension of Filtering and Management at Home for both staff and students
Each Principal needs to also consider business issues such as:
- Legal implications related to security breaches
- Virus spread
- Slow network bandwidth due to unwanted activity
- Stolen passwords and illegal access
A Possible Action List for your school for both the Principal and IT:
- First review your cyber bullying policy including potential disciplinary action.
- Ensure each student has agreed to follow the rules of acceptable computer/IT use.
- Perform an IT AUDIT of your existing technology – Focus on Security.
- Consult with your own Staff and within your school: include a parent, a school counsellor, and a student.
- Review your forth coming School strategic plans. What hardware and software implementations are you planning? Are there potential security problems?
Stop Cyber-Bullying in its Tracks - Protect Schools and the Workplace Technical Brief
Published: January 2011
To find out more about the technologies that help prevent cyber-bullying, talk to one of our Education Specialists.
Call 1300 368 010 or email us to set an appointment.