I would like to welcome all of you to our new NASSLEO Information Center (NIC). The NIC will be used to disseminate valuable information to our membership on a monthly basis. I hope you enjoy our first topic Cyberbullying.
First, I want to take the time to thank all of you who reached out to the South Florida and Houston Communities in regard to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Houston Independent School District and Miami-Dade County Public Schools were heavily affected by these storms. It is good to know the comradery exist among our members. It was even more personal for me that members of the organization reached out directly to me in South Florida, just as I reached out to Houston Independent School District to offer assistance. Working together and sharing resources is what NASSLEO is all about.
I invite all of you to visit our website www.nassleo.org regarding our 49th Annual Conference which will be taking place from June 30th to July 3rd, 2018 at the Melville Marriott Hotel in Long Island, New York. The theme for the 49th Annual Conference is “Safety and Security Around the Clock.” We have already lined up some phenomenal speakers, such as Former FBI Special Agent-In-Charge and current Chief Security Officer for Verizon, Mr. Michael Mason, along with School Safety Expert Mr. Michael Dorn who is recognized nationally and internationally in our industry. Please go ahead and make your hotel reservation as we have secured an excellent rate of $139 a night. Looking forward to seeing you in Long Island in next summer.
Looking forward to seeing you in Long Island next year.
Stay Safe Out There…
Chief Ian A. Moffett, President
Cyberbullying and bullying is a serious, expanding phenomenon that now occurs on digital venues and different forms of social media. As a result of the growing social media trend over the last decade, bullying has been an increasing concern. Contrary to what most people think, cyberbullying is not limited to just juveniles. Most experts agree that bullying and cyberbullying are forms of anger, deliberate, and repeated acts. The repetition of cyberbullying can be less personal but just as hurtful when shared widely, or even virally, by anonymous posters. Cyberbullying and bullying both involve a real or perceived power imbalance that is physical, psychological and/or social.
Cyberbullying begins on the web and moves offline and sometimes to the local communities. It occurs amid the school day on District-issued devices along with personal devices. Be that as it may, there are numerous approaches to assault the issue, piece by piece. Although cyberbullying occurs on different digital venues (e.g., Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook), an offline connection exists for kids, which is school life.
The National Center for Educational Statistics claims that 9% of students in grades 6-12 have experienced cyberbullying, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims 16.2% – compared to 20.1% who had been bullied offline during the 12 months prior to the survey. After a review of multiple studies, the Cyberbullying Research Center recently estimated that, on average, about 24% of middle and high school students have been cyberbullied.
Children who are cyberbullied encounter a wide assortment of impacts including everything from feeling overpowered and helpless, discouraged, and even self-destructive. Be extremely mindful of the outcomes of cyberbullying and do not be reluctant to provide them with the assistance they require with a specific end goal-recuperation. Look for changes in conduct and converse consistently with your child(ren). Additionally, it is essential to occupy your child(ren) with offline activities. Accomplish something fun together or urge them to take up another diversion. The key is to divert their consideration far from what others are stating and doing.
Schools can be extremely effective in working with the parents, guardians, students, and the community to stop and intervene in on-going cyberbullying. They can likewise teach the effects and dangers of cyberbullying. It is also essential for schools to be actively involved with their local police department and/or School Resource Office to educate our youth.
Most social media apps have a built-in feature that permits you to block the person(s) who may be cyberbullying. Regardless the form of harassment, (e.g., social media applications, texting, comments or tagged photos), take advantage of these features. You can also report the problem to the service provider. This most likely will not end the cyberbullying; however, you will not have to deal with face-to-face conflict, and you will be less enticed to react. In the event you are receiving threats or identify criminal activity, you should call your local police department and/or School Resource Officer. There are several different websites that offer resources, training, and helpful hints related to this growing trend of cyberbullying. The sites are listed below:
Cyberbullying may rise to the level of someone being introduced into the judicial system in the form of a felony or misdemeanor. Most of the time the cyberbullying does not go that far, parents and guardians often try and pursue criminal charges.
The NASSLEO Information Center. (NIC) and the Reality Check Program, are partnering to educate and help officials and families. To learn how Larry Lawton and the Reality Check Program can work with your city, agency or organization, email Larry Lawton at Larry@RealityCheckProgram.com or call: 844-922-4800