This book looks in depth at the emerging issue of cyber-bullying. In this increasingly digital world cyber-bullying has emerged as an electronic form of bullying that is difficult to monitor or supervise because it often occurs outside the physical school setting and outside school hours on home computers and personal phones. These web-based and mobile technologies are providing young people with what has been described as: ‘an arsenal of weapons for social cruelty’.
These emerging issues have created an urgent need for a practical book grounded in comprehensive scholarship that addresses the policy-vacuum and provides practical educational responses to cyber-bullying. Written by one of the few experts on the topic Cyber-Bullying develops guidelines for teachers, head teachers and administrators regarding the extent of their obligations to prevent and reduce cyber-bullying. The book also highlights ways in which schools can network with parents, police, technology providers and community organizations to provide support systems for victims (and perpetrators) of cyber-bullying.
'This book provides a fascinating and considered insight into a phenomenon advancing as almost as quickly as technology itself….the book offers many ways of joining together to combat cyber bullying, while providing a comprehensive and scholarly study of the subject.' - Children and Young People Now
"Shariff (McGill U., Canada) examines the problem of cyber-bullying and describes how it differs from traditional bullying, and differences in the UK, US, Canada, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. She addresses the role of gender, and solutions that involve legislation and filtering technology, as well as the debates that students should have rights to freedom of expression and that parents should take responsibility. She details key factors such as influences on children's behavior, the power structure within school systems, and why typical approaches to address the problem don't work. She argues that students are reflecting society in their actions and that proactive responses need to be taken that educate them and involve parents and teachers, rather than mere punishment. She aims the book at educators, policy makers, parents, the media, and technology providers." -- Book News Inc., August 2008
Dedication in Memory of Hamed Nastoh 1. Cyber-Space: Battleground or Opportunity? 2. Profile of Traditional and Cyber-Bullying 3. A Transnational Snapshot 4. Shaping Gender Roles at Home and on the Internet 5. Controlling Kid’s Spaces 6. Stakeholder Power 7. Balancing Free Expression: Privacy and Safety in Cyber-Space 8. Harmonious Solutions