Hi Representative Brownsberger,

With all of the news coverage on bullying, and calls for new legislation, I’d like to put my 2 cents out there.  I see a lot of angry people calling for the heads of school officials and teachers who supposedly allowed the bullying to go on under their noses.

In several instances it is absolutely conceivable that warning signs at school went unheeded or unnoticed by staff.  However, in almost every instance of bullying that we hear about–even if it is face-to-face and personal–there is (or has been) an online element (usually through facebook, myspace or some other online forum).

It is unrealistic to assume that school staff can be aware of what goes on in the digital lives of the students, and holding teachers or administrators accountable for cyberbullying is just not fair, even if physical acts of bullying take place at school.  In fact, at every school that I know about, facebook, myspace and other sites are blocked.

We need to press for more education in the realm of cyberbullying for parents, students and teachers, but I would like to urge my legislators to be thoughtful about the direction of any legislation regarding this matter.

Published by NateRono

Public School Teacher

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  1. Thanks, Nate.

    Agreed. This isn’t all on the teachers to figure out. We all need to take responsibility. It starts with parents — we all need to be both protecting our children and trying to make sure they are doing the right thing with other children.

    I think that the bill recognizes that. It does not impose a burden on teachers to be omniscient — only to respond to what they do in fact see. Teachers do often have the opportunity to see kids behaving with kids more than parents do. And it encourages teachers and administrators to involve parents and as necessary law enforcement to reach beyond the bounds of the schools.

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