Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats

Responding to the Challenge of Online Social Aggression, Threats, and Distress

By Nancy E. Willard, M.S., J.D.

Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats




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Responding to cyberbullying and cyberthreats is emerging as one of the more challenging issues facing educators as young people embrace the Internet and other digital communication technologies.

  • Cyberbullying is being cruel to others by sending or
    posting harmful material or engaging in other forms
    of social aggression using the Internet or other digital

  • Cyberthreats are either direct threats or distressing
    material that raises concerns that a young person
    may be considering committing an act of violence
    against others or self.

Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats: Responding to the Challenge of Online Social Cruelty, Threats, and Distress provides up-to-date insight for school administrators, counselors, resource officers, teachers, parents, and others on preventing and responding to cyberbullying and cyberthreats.

Nancy E. Willard, M.S., J.D., has a background in working with “at risk” children, law, and technology in schools. She has spent over a decade focusing on issues of the safe and responsible use of technology by young people.

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Overview of Cyberbullying & Cyberthreats

  • The various forms of cyberbullying and cyberthreats.

Cybertechnologies & Activities

  • Internet and digital technologies and activities.

Insight & Implications

  • Research insight into traditional bullying and threats of violence or suicide and how this might relate to cyberbullying
    or cyberthreats.

Related Youth High Risk Online Behavior

  • Overview of the additional concerns related to youth high-risk
    online behavior.

You Can’t See Me ~ I Can’t See You

  • How young people learn to engage in responsible behavior and how technologies may affect their decision-making regarding responsible choices.

The Limits: Values, Rules, Agreements, & Laws

  • Limits on online speech, including family values, school rules, user agreements, civil laws, and criminal laws.

Legal Considerations for Schools

  • Legal considerations for schools related to cyberbullying and cyberthreats - when can and when should an administrator respond.

Cyberbully or Cyberthreat Situation Review

  • Systematic method of reviewing cyberbullying or cyberthreats situations.

Response Actions and Options

  • Action options available to the school, as well as parents and students.

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