Students today are constantly exposed to individuals in the news who are accused of crimes and wrongdoing against others. The drama of online indictments of wronging involving every type of bias and boundary crossing dominates the news cycle. How do we teach students safe digital communication and healthy relationships now to avoid threats of public indictment or shaming down the road?
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School discipline policies affect school safety and student success. Are schools implementing and enforcing these policies right? Let’s look at why more schools are beginning to shy away from punitive discipline and are implementing a more restorative approach.
Chicago Public Schools takes the first step toward controlling social media and digital communication between students and school employees. Although we applaud CPS for attempting to protect students and teachers, we’d like to know how the new policies will be monitored and enforced given the constantly changing digital communication landscape.
In today’s smartphone world, sexting is on the rise among teenagers. The harmful effects of sexting, such as bullying and harassment, are not always understood or known. Many studies indicate that students are now using the primary communication and information tool of the day, their mobile phone, to explore what sex is and their own sexuality. And they are doing so on their own without sufficient context and or guidance.
Schools around the country are adopting anonymous reporting systems. But do anonymous reporting systems do enough to protect our students and is there a better approach? To make schools safer, consider implementing a confidential reporting system.
In this opinion blog post our guest asks the question: When will the responsible adults begin to tackle our nation’s problems of bullying and violence in all of its manifestations and ramifications?