Webinar Recap: Developing a Cyberbullying Prevention Program
Instances of cyberbullying are rising at an alarming rate—even in our classrooms. In our recent webinar, Developing a Cyberbullying Prevention Program, Evan Abramson, Director of Technology at Millburn Township Public Schools in New Jersey, offered the following best practices for providing educators with the resources and support they need to create a cyberbullying prevention program in their district or school.
Takes a Village
Abramson believes that cyberbullying can be prevented when everyone works toward solving the problem. He encourages parents, teachers, administrators, and students to all be involved in cyberbullying prevention at Millburn schools. Staff trainings, community events, parent awareness programs, non-stop digital citizenship messaging for students, and focusing on the importance of respect have been successful for his district.
All for One
Millburn Township Public Schools has created a district team that includes all stakeholders to get everyone comfortable with the diverse roles represented in cyberbullying prevention leadership. This team includes teachers, technology specialists, human resources staff, librarians, administrators, and directorship. All stakeholders need to be trained and informed to have a good idea of what’s taking place district-wide in their effort to create awareness for what to do when a problem does arise.
Does your district have a zero-tolerance policy for cyberbullying? How about an instant response plan in the event of a cyberbullying incident? What happens if the cyberbullying occurs at a student’s home? What about in text messages in a class? Abramson recommended identifying and clarifying these kinds of expectations for your district, so teachers are best prepared when called upon to respond.
Throughout the school year, be sure to test the effectiveness of your cyberbullying prevention program. Millburn uses fire-drill methods and creates surprise scenarios to monitor how all stakeholders respond. These mock events allow everyone to get comfortable responding, reporting, and acting. Also, be sure to incorporate student and parent feedback into your continuous review of programs and curriculum. Both offer great insight and ideas for freshening the material and making it relevant to the cyberbullying prevention conversation.
To learn more about Evan Abramson’s empowering ideas on developing a cyberbullying prevention program in your district, watch the full webinar recording here.