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Saturday, January 02, 2021

Cyberbullying Monitoring in Online Learning | Security Bloggers Network - Security Boulevard

How K-12 IT Teams Are Becoming the New Line of Defense in Cyberbullying by Katie Fritchen, Author at Security Boulevard. 

Photo: Diari La Veu via Flickr.

The statistics surrounding cyberbullying continue to be worrisome. A recent study by Pew Research discovered that about 60% of teens have been the victims of cyberbullying. But, even more disturbing is that the majority of students think that teachers, social media sites, and elected officials are doing a poor job of cyberbullying monitoring to help control the problem.

Why Districts Must Take Responsibility for Cyberbullying Monitoring

Cyberbullying and other types of toxic online behavior aren’t limited to social media and gaming platforms. Students are also using apps provided by schools to communicate with each other. IT admins are often finding disturbing content in unexpected places, including Google Drive, Docs, Chat, and Gmail.

The fact that students aren’t on school property when cyberbullying happens doesn’t resolve districts of responsibility for addressing the issue. Districts are still responsible for cyber safety in schools whether the students are sitting in a classroom or attending class online.

With online learning the norm in many districts, experts worry that instances of cyberbullying will continue to increase, but the number of students reporting the problem will decrease. They’re predicting this decrease based on a lack of face time with teachers and counselors, another issue raised by the need for remote learning...

The good news is that you’re not fighting this battle alone. As part of ManagedMethods’ K-12 Cybersecurity & Safety Leadership Series, we invited a panel of K-12 IT leaders to participate in a panel discussion entitled, Cybersecurity & Safety Resolutions for 2021 & Beyond. In this free on-demand panel discussion, you’ll watch your peers as they talk about the risks they’ve seen in 2020, and how they plan to move forward based on the lessons learned. 


Source: Security Boulevard