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Technological advances present novel and complex issues for our schools when it comes to providing a safe school environment, monitoring social networking activities and handling disciplinary actions.

CTAP has designed this collection of Administrator Resources specifically to address the needs of school administrators, based on the most current information available.

A companion component, Acceptable Use, covers policies around computer and internet usage, cell phones, cyberbullying and social networking.

Be sure to check the six other areas of our cybersafety web site for resources that address the curriculum and educational needs of classroom teachers, parents and students.

Legal Issues

Legal Issues for School Administrators

Technology has out-paced the legal system in issues related to cyberbullying in the schools. When a cyberbullying incident happens at your school, how will you handle it? What board policies will protect you? What is appropriate discipline? What kind of documentation do you need? How will you assure a safe environment for your students? Learn from national experts who have studied court decisions related to cyberbullying of students, teachers and school administrators.

Student Misbehavior in Cyberspace

Is your school district troubled by students cyberbullying through social networks? How can you access the offensive pages? What steps should you take to have materials removed? What disciplinary actions are appropriate? In this section, you'll find lots of helpful information to guide in your decisions.

Student Misbehavior in Facebook
Student Misbehavior in MySpace
Student Misbehavior in YouTube

School Board Internet Safety Policy Statements

National Assn of Secondary School Principals: Position Statement on Internet Safety

(November, 2007)
In recognition of such growing concerns about Internet safety, the National Association of Secondary School Principals has adopted a policy statement with recommendations for educators and policymakers about Internet usage. The NASSP recommendations form the cornerstone of CTAP's work in cybersafety education. All school districts can benefit from applying these leadership directives.

Cyberbullying Documentation

Cyberbullying Documentation - Incident Reports & Review Process

What happens when there is a cyberbullying incident at your school? How will you respond? What actions do you need to take to safeguard your school?

The experts tell us that the more documentation you can provide, the better. These guidelines from noted educator, cybersafety expert and attorney, Nancy Willard, will help walk you through the process of documenting the incident, creating a review process and decision-making.

Internet Abuse and Misuse

Articles Related to Internet Abuse and Misuse
  • Savaged in MySpace - What can you do if a student impersonates you on the web?
  • Misbehavior in CyberSpace
  • Tips to Prevent Sexting
  • The Whole World (Wide Web) is Watching:
  • California Teachers Association/California Educator Magazine

Administrator Resources for PTA Meetings

Sexting Topics and Concerns

Addressing Sexting Topics and Concerns

"Sexting" refers to sending sexual photos or messages via text or picture messages, a practice engaged in by digital youth who are often unaware that these inappropriate actions may fall under child pornography laws. If prosecuted, they could face jail time and be forced to register as a sex offender for the rest of their lives.

Recommended Reading for Educators and Parents

Recommended Reading for Educators and Parents

You can print this list out and distribute it at your next PTA meeting - or provide a link for parents from your school or district web site.

  • In this indispensable guide for parents, online-safety experts Larry Magid and Anne Collier demystify the world's largest social network. This hands-on book shows how teens use MySpace and other social networks and explains step by step how parents can use it to help their kids blog and socialize safely. The authors remove the fear and hype surrounding social networking and take a clear-eyed look at what is really going on in the very public world of teen online socializing and blogging. In addition, they look at how social networks and their users are changing the Web.
  • Educator, lawyer, mom and internet safety expert, Nancy Willard, provides sound advice and essential strategies to keep children and teens safe online by taking strategies from the real world and applying them online. Included in her discussions are the types of activities that "at-risk" youth engage in online: addiction, unsafe disclosure of personal information, risky sexual behavior, cyberbullying and connections with other at risk youth. She also offers practical tips for how to deal with cyberbullies, when the child being bullied is your own.