How can schools resolve cyberbullying situations?
Many cyberbullying situations involve students attending the same school, which can make it difficult for children to feel safe away from home. School administrators have the authority to intervene if a student feels threatened or unsafe at school. The district's school board, the school administrators and teachers, and the Parent Teacher Association should focus on reinforcing a positive school climate.
The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights recently issued a Dear Colleague Letter that explains the relationship between harassment, bullying, and civil rights discrimination. [www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-201010.pdf ] Cyberbullying could result in a violation of civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation), disability, and age. If a school has not been responsive and you feel your child's education is being undermined by cyberbullying or another form of bullying, file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights.
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