Should Students Who Engage in Cyberbullying, Even Off Campus Face Sanctions at School?
ENGL 103 Writing and Rhetoric
Everyone, at some point in their life has been exposed to or; witnessed some type of bullying. Since this type of behavior is traditionally witnessed, victims has a means of accusing the other student. Technology is undeniably apart of everyday life, especially in that of today’s youth. Cyberbullying has become a nationwide epidemic due to the dramatic impact technology has on communication in our society.
Although criminalization for cyberbullying would be an infringement of one’s right to freedom of speech; it does not negate the fact that
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Although 32% of these parents’ children reported being victims of cyberbullying and 36% reported participating in cyberbullying, only 11% of parents reported that their child had been a victim and less than 1% a cyberbully. Parents need to provide an environment where their children feel free to talk openly about their experiences online according to (Cassidy et al., 2011; Zhou et al., 2013) School Psychology International http://spi.sagepub.com.v. Parents can help by asking if the school has an anti-bullying/cyberbullying program. This will give parents of a cyber-victim or the perpetrator an avenue of approach to help combat cyberbullying. Raising awareness in parents will better enable them to aid school staff in prevention. Together they come up with acceptable solutions and resources that are available to receive assistance, but also how to respond to both sides of such acts. Schools have to keep in mind the legal and political issues to take into considerations when find proactive means to fight cyberbullying. The dilemma with this issue is that while it may begin off campus it can easily cause problems at school. When it does, principals can act based on the disruption that occurs to the school’s program. But, based on the decision of the US Supreme Court in Tinker vs. Des Moines (1969) you can only act when student speech causes