Bullying is a prevalent issue in schools nationwide. I had the chance to interview a student here at the teen center. I wanted to know what is the biggest issue in schools in her opinion. She told me she feel like bullying is the biggest problem in schools now. As times progress bullying is conforming with the time. Now there is cyber-bullying. Cyber bullying is the new form of bullying with millennials. Social media bullying have become the new face of bullying.
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior.
The effects of cyberbullying mirror what occurs when a child is bullied in person.
Many children on the receiving end of a barrage of nasty messages suffer drops in school grades, low self esteem, changes in interests, and depression. But, cyberbullying can also have more serious effects on a child’s wellbeing. Because of how and where it occurs on the internet children are subjected to cyberbullying at all times when they are online, including in their home. Other than making it difficult to combat as a school, this means that bullies can reach others in the one place they expect to be safe and can also lead a victim to feel that the bullying is inescapable. Cyberbullying tends to be more extreme. Often, young people will say things online that they wouldn’t say in person. And to make this worse, cyberbullying also allows the message to be much more far-reaching. In just a few clicks, an embarrassing photo or nasty post can be shared all over a website for a whole school to see. In the most extreme of cases, cyberbullying can contribute to feelings of suicide and self-harm.
Bullying can threaten students’ physical and emotional safety at school and can negatively impact their ability to learn. The best way to address bullying is to stop it before it starts. There are a number of things school staff can do to make schools safer and prevent bullying.
In Leon county bullying can lead to expulsion if reported multiple times.
The Leon County School’s Student Handbook States:
The Board designates the principal as the person responsible for receiving all complaints of bullying. Any student or student’s parent/guardian who believes s/he has been or is the victim of bullying or harassment should immediately report the situation to the school principal. Complaints against the principal should be filed with the Superintendent. Complaints against the Superintendent should be filed with the Board Chair. All school employees are required to report alleged violations of this policy and alleged acts of bullying and harassment to the principal or as described above. All other members of the school community, including students, parents, volunteers, and visitors, are encouraged to report any act that may be a violation of this policy to the principal or as described above. The alleged violations and acts must be reported by school employees to the principal within twenty-four (24) hours. Written and oral reports shall be considered official reports. Reports may be made anonymously, but formal disciplinary action may not be based solely on the basis of an anonymous report. The principal shall establish and prominently publicize to students, staff, volunteers, and parents the procedure for reporting bullying and how such a report will be acted upon. A victim of bullying and/or harassment, anyone who witnessed the act, and anyone who has credible information that an act of bullying and/or harassment has taken place may file a report. If, during an investigation of reported act of bullying and/or harassment, the principal or his/her designee believes that the reported misconduct may have created a hostile learning environment and may have constituted unlawful discriminatory harassment based on sex, race, color, national origin, religion, or disability, the principal or his/her designee will report the act of bullying and/or harassment to one of the Compliance Officers who shall investigate the allegation in accordance with Policy 5517 – Anti-Harassment.