Tuesday, February 4, 2020

What Should Your School's Bullying Policy Look Like?

Source: Cyberbullying Research Center

We are regularly contacted by school administrators, board members, parents and others with questions about school bullying policies. In fact, a few months ago the principal at my son’s elementary school asked me to review their bullying policy. I am always happy to help, with the preemptive caveat that I am not a lawyer and therefore my feedback should be viewed as suggestive rather than definitive. But I have seen lots of bullying policies over the last 15 years. And some are plainly better than others.
In an effort to better understand the landscape of bullying policies across the United States, Sameer and I (along with one of my students) recently reviewed all of the state model bullying policies that we could find (they are usually put out by a state’s Department of Education). We were able to locate model policies for thirty-nine states. When we couldn’t find a model policy for a state, we reviewed their state law to see if certain provisions were required in school bullying policies. Schools aren’t generally required to adopt the specific language offered in a model policy, but no doubt these policies serve as a template for schools in the state and deviating from them in substantial ways could open a school up to criticism.

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Social media and suicide: What is the evidence? - BBC Newsnight

Bystanders to Bullying: An Introduction to the Special Issue

This peer reviewed journal provides an interdisciplinary scientific forum in which to publish current research on the causes, forms, and multiple contexts of bullying and cyberbullying as well as evolving best practices in identification, prevention, and intervention. Noting that bullying may occur at schools, universities, communities, the workplace, and/or online – and that cyberbullying can subsume sexting, digital dating abuse, sextortion, and doxing – the journal welcomes empirical, theoretical, and review papers on a broad range of issues, populations, and domains. Authors should include relevant discussion on policy and actionable practice in offline and/or online environments. The journal is of interest to scientists and practitioners across such interrelated disciplines as child, adolescent, and school psychology; public health; social work and counseling; criminology; child and adolescent psychiatry; sociology; anthropology; education; pediatrics; information technology; human resources management; and other associated fields within social or computer science. hide


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

School Counselor Side Hustle

Practicing or retired, all types of professionals including counselors, educators, social workers, psychologists, and other human services practitioners can use our guide to develop extra income by doing what you love to do. #scchat https://schoolcounselor.com/sidehustle/

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

ConnectSafely Podcast: Talking with Bullying Experts at IBPA

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ConnectSafely CEO Larry Magid and educator and ConnectSafely Director of K-12 Education Kerry Gallagher at the ConnectSafely podcast booth.

ConnectSafely Podcast: International Bullying Prevention Association's Annual Conference

At last week's IBPA conference in Chicago, ConnectSafely spoke with researchers, educators, psychologists and students about how to prevent and reduce bullying. Some of the podcast highlights:
Building Empathy
Cyberbullying Research Center's Sameer Hinduja on building empathy. Listen
Teen Dating Violence
Students from the Amanda Forum talk about teen dating violence. Listen
Child Safety on Roblox
Roblox director of digital civility Laura Higgins on how the popular platform protects kids. Listen
Combating Bullying
School safety consultant Nancy Buyle on effective strategies to combat bullying. Listen
The Power of Empathy
Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence researchers Jessica Hoffman and Julie McGarry talk about their work in promoting empathy and combating bullying. Listen
How Instagram Handles Hate Speech, Bullying 
Instagram policy director Karina Newton on how the company handles privacy, bullying and other problems as well as some of the ways Instagram users are supporting each other in positive ways. Listen

For more interviews from IBPA, visit https://www.connectsafely.org/IBPA.
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Thursday, November 21, 2019

“Online Safety in the Age of Artificial Intelligence”


Family Online Safety Institute Releases Whitepaper at FOSI 2019:
“Online Safety in the Age of Artificial Intelligence”
Washington, DC, November 21 -- Today at the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI)s 2019 Annual Conference, the development of innovative solutions around online child protection in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be a primary focus. The event, entitled, “2020 Vision: The Future of Online Safety,” will explore the future implications of new technologies and digital infrastructure in both our personal lives and the wider world.

In cooperation with research firm
Kaleido Insights, FOSI is releasing a new whitepaper, “Online Safety in the Age of Artificial Intelligence,” along with an analytical presentation of the paper’s findings during a featured presentation by author Jessica Groopman. The presentation will be followed by a plenary panel session featuring experts who will discuss the technical and social impacts of new, AI-powered technologies. The whitepaper focuses on how current regulations and efforts to ensure privacy online are unlikely to be sufficient moving forward given the transformational services that are already being developed using AI.

The paper’s key points include: 
  • AI already impacts how we think about children’s online safety. “Social media platforms and online gaming use AI to promote the most irresistible and influential content. Parental control apps use AI to scan millions of messages sent by children and teens. Industry uses AI to combat the spread of child sexual abuse material through technologies such as Microsoft’s PhotoDNA which scans images and videos.”
  • From chatbots to personal assistance: empathetic computing will increase our reliance on AI. Proponents and critics alike emphasize the power of empathetic computing, when machines recognize our emotions and respond accordingly. In the future, digital assistants will influence our social emotional worlds as well as our physical world: always available, always learning, and always personalizing.
  • From job-based to skill-based: the future of work will demand adaptability and human-AI partnerships. “A 2018 study by the World Economic Forum stated that 54% of the skills that workers need – regardless of industry – will have changed by 2022, suggesting we all should “skill, re-skill, and re-skill again.” Although automation may not completely eliminate existing occupations, as it is more likely to replace specific tasks than entire roles, it will shift workers to new tasks, underscoring the need for adaptability.”

“We must develop a culture of responsibility now – one in which online safety relies upon government, tech companies, schools, parents as well as kids,” said Stephen Balkam, FOSI’s founder and CEO. “The idea of time well spent online can’t just be a concept. It is essential that we all work together to mitigate the potentially harmful effects of AI on our children, while maximizing the tremendous benefits it can offer our future generations.”

Federal Trade Commissioner Christine S. Wilson will also speak at the event, exploring how the FTC protects children online under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and what more the agency can do to update its efforts in light of evolving technologies.

The event covenes leaders from across industry, government, law enforcement, academia, and the nonprofit sector to discuss a wide spectrum of technology topics, including legislative proposals, ethics, privacy, digital parenting, and how AI will change the digital world that young people grow up in.

Anne Keeney


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