COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 239

September 26, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Cyberbullying and School Policy Information Brief

 

Cyberbullying, using communication technologies for bullying purposes, is a widespread and complex issue that must be addressed by schools at the policy level. To help school divisions develop effective policies regarding cyberbullying, the Virginia Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology and the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia have prepared an information brief. It may be found at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Technology/OET/info_brief_cyberbullying.pdf.

 

The information brief includes concrete examples of cyberbullying, a summary of legal issues involved, and expert recommendations for school policies and procedures. Also included is a model policy developed by the Virginia Attorney General's office, should divisions choose to create a separate cyberbullying policy.

 

Because cyberbullying crosses boundaries of school authority, it will most effectively be addressed when Internet safety, character education, and safe school committees work together. References, additional resources, and relevant articles are provided in the brief for use by these groups.

 

Questions may be directed to Jean Weller, educational technology specialist, at (804) 225-2825 or e-mail at jean.weller@doe.virginia.gov.

 

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