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Cyber Bullying: Challenges and Strategies Faced by Juvenile Police Officers

Author(s): Ken Thaxter

Journal: Journal of Social Sciences
ISSN 1549-3652

Volume: 6;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 529;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Cyber bullying | online bullying | school resource officer | juvenile police officers

One of the challenges of teaching pre-teens about the internet is their varying degrees and levels of involvement. The juvenile police officer brings a solid understanding of the laws as well as a strong knowledge of safety issues to the classroom, making them an excellent educational resource. Officers can utilize an educational approach with parents and students in which they define what cyber bullying is and, importantly, demonstrate that definition by describing real cases that I and other officers have addressed. This approach focused both on the effect that cyber bullying has on the victims and the impact of the online behavior on the atmosphere and climate at the school. Students and parents also need to learn about the potential consequences for the perpetrator. Finally, an important method for bridging varying degrees of involvement in bullying is to emphasize that all students play a role in cyber bullying prevention-not merely those who perpetrate it or are victimized by it. That lesson is accomplished through discussions about strategies that bystanders can use to intervene."
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