for K-12 educators and
administrators to help
create safe learning
Every generation had societal changes: from rock and roll in the 50s; free love and drugs in the 60s and 70s; and the chat rooms of the 90s. But the lightning speed of technology change and the pervasive influence of constantly streaming media and pop culture make it especially hard for parents to keep up today.
During the first semester of the 2014-15 school year, Gaggle Safety Management discovered and blocked 283,368 references of sex and 188,563 mentions of drugs in student email, text messages, discussion boards, email attachments and computer files. Imagine, instead, if a college admission’s office or future employer found them.
There are a number of reasons why students engage in bullying behavior: everything from the need for attention, to having problems at home. Maybe they’re being physically or verbally abused by someone else, their parents are going through a separation or divorce, or there’s another, unknown situation at home that could cause a child to lash out.
Shows like “The Bachelor” and “The Real Housewives” promote women who behave badly; they exhibit catty behavior and often gang up with each other to ostracize or discredit other women. They’re very often glamorous, have a lot of money and wear fancy clothes. Again, this becomes the accepted role model for girls and young women today.
As bullying continues to be a huge topic of discussion, I think the term itself has become too all encompassing. As a society, especially in schools, we have a tendency to use “bullying” for any kind of intentionally harassing type of behavior. Society screams “bully” as soon as somebody doesn’t get along with someone else, or calls somebody a name. And that’s not accurate.
Discussions about students being targeted and affected by bullying often lead to calling them “victims.” Unfortunately, just by using this one word, bullying victims not only must live with a lifelong stigma, but also, according to recent reports, have a greater chance of harming others.
When websites change something in their interface or create a completely new version we rarely get much advanced notice, let alone an opportunity to keep things the way they were. While the iterations we experience often bring plenty of grumbling, we eventually adjust, and later admit that the change was actually for the better. It’s rarely easy or quick, but the “all in” approach makes for a smoother and, ultimately, faster transition. We embraced this approach with the launch of Gaggle’s Next UI coming later this month.