"Adult oriented web sites and online gaming are too often accessible by underage youth...”

BCPS approach to cyberbullying

BCPS provides direct instruction for students on the issue.  Cyberbullying is when a child, preteen or teen uses the internet, cell phones, video games, or other technology devices to harass, torment, humiliate or embarrass another child, preteen or teen. Cyberbullies are often known to the victims, but they can also be anonymous online users. Bullying includes harassment, spreading rumors, disclosing personal information and impersonation. The bullying can be unrelenting as it can occur all times of the day and night through mediums such as: social networks, text messaging, email and online gaming.

Our students K-12 are given instruction on ways to be good citizens online.  Students learn the differences between upstanders and bystanders and are provided with access to resources that will support them in these situations should they occur

BCPS Digital Citizenship Scope and Sequence

Baltimore County Public Schools Policy

BCPS regards cyberbullying as a very serious matter. From the student handbook:

  • Bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, and intimidation are strictly prohibited by federal law and will not be tolerated in Baltimore County Public Schools (Board of Education Policy and Superintendent’s Rule 5580).
  • Students may report bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, or intimidation without fear of harmful consequences. Students, parents, close adult relatives, and/or staff may complete a Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation Reporting Form. Completed forms should be given to the principal of the school or the principal’s designee.

What can be parents and students do together?

  • Encourage children to report incidents of cyberbullying. Explain that they will not be punished for reporting incidents. Remind them to save the evidence.
  • Reassure victims that they are not to be blamed. Consider professional help if the safety or welfare of the person is at risk.
  • Explain the danger of sharing information on social media.
  • Remind children to not share passwords with friends.
  • Set expectations for social media use.
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