Cyberbullying of girls is on the rise, according to the Associated Press News. But does this really surprise you? In surveys of students between the ages of 12 and 18 conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics during the 2014-15 and 2016-17school years, reports of overall bullying remained the same—about 20%—while there was in increase in cyberbullying from 11.5% to 15.3%.
Girls were most impacted by the increase in cyberbullying, with 21% reporting having experienced it, as opposed to only 7% of their male counterparts. The previous survey showed girls reporting in at 16% and boys at 6%. The survey does not address the sex of the perpetrators, but experts in the field point out that in their experience, the vast majority of cyberbullying with respect to females is “girl on girl."
This issue clearly won't go away any time soon. Meanwhile, educators, lawmakers and others continue to search for solutions. Right now is a good time to review your bullying and harassment policies to ensure compliance and to determine if any changes need to be made. Ongoing education of your staff and students throughout the school year is also well-advised.
Legal troubles tend to occur for schools when reports of bullying and harassment are either ignored or mishandled by district officials. Taking a proactive approach is well worth the effort.
Spring is just around the corner: a time when many people hold their annual household's deep cleaning to rid themselves of unwanted clutter.
It never ceases to amaze me when I attend professional educational conferences or professional development sessions how the attire of some teachers and even administrators can be questionable at best. Yet everyone from the Oklahoma state superintendent down is working desperately to elevate the teaching profession’s credibility.
We will be seeing the first full-quarter numbers of Oklahoma’s new fiscal year over the next two weeks. One item that is extremely important is sales tax.
Click on this link, 2015 calendar, to explore upcoming OPSRC professional development opportunities