Cyberbullying: Policy for Digital Protection

Ryan Schaaf

Abstract


Historically, bullying has been an accepted part of adolescence. With key demographic changes in the United States and the evolution of  information and communication technologies, more children are falling prey to a new form of bullying. School leaders, policymakers, and politicians are creating laws such as Maryland’s Grace’s Law to combat the digital epidemic of cyberbullying. Unfortunately, many teachers and school administrators are left with the burden of implementing cyberbullying laws without trying to distinguish the cause and take action to prevent it. School systems must develop methods for recording cyberbullying incidents to produce accurate data results. Teachers, school leaders, lawmakers, and government officials must fund and implement cyberethics programs in schools to help students develop into responsible, compassionate global digital citizens.

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