As computer access becomes increasingly prevalent with our children, concerns have been raised

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As computer access becomes increasingly prevalent with our children, concerns have been raised about that lack of parental awareness of their content exposure. One of the areas of great concern revolves around cyberbullying. The emotional damage created by the simple strokes of a keypad is often overlooked because of the electronic nature of the abuse. Cyberbullying like any other form of bullying, must be closely monitored by school administrators with strict consequences for violators. After reading this paper I hope to convince you that cyberbullying school policies should allow administrators to discipline students in some off campus incidents in spite of alleged First Amendment protections. Since most cyberbullying incidents happen…show more content…
He's disruptive and his grades are falling" (L.W. v. Toms River Regional School Board of Education, 2007, p. 544). This statement shows the damaging effects of cyberbullying and supports why teachers need to be aware that off campus incidents negatively affect the academic and emotional behavior of the bullied students. Just because the cyberbullying occurs away from school grounds, students often have to face their bullies during the school day. Schools all around the country are focusing on making their school a safe and fun place to learn and this should include steps to detect and punish cyberbullying. When Dr.’s Agatston, Kowalski and Limber went to the Cobb County School District of Marietta, Georgia, they found that multiple high school students were victims of cyberbullying, and surprisingly most of these victims were females, (Agatston, Kowalski & Limber, 2007). These females reported that the cyberbullies were mostly focused on their weight and appearance in pictures that they have posted on the Internet. The comments would range from creating “I Hate…” pages to starting false rumors about them. Even though most of the comments were happening off campus, the doctors’ survey results showed that cell phone harassment has become a huge problem. Since cell phones are able to access the Internet throughout the day, students are accessing the scene of the crime and continuing to antagonize the victim during school hours with rude text messages. Agatston,

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