Thesis Title

The Parental Choice to be Proactive Knowing the Limited Role of civil Litigation in Cyberbullying

Graduation Date

Summer 2011

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form

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Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name

Education

Program Director

Madeliene Peters, EdD

Abstract

The current laws and policies that specifically address cyberbullying are non-existent or inadequate. K.-12 public school officials presented with the challenge of providing a safe and equal learning opportunity as well as parents who rely heavily on these educational institutions to fulfill this agreement are unclear what actions they can take to prevent bullying. In a review of the literature, this paper examines some of the current Federal laws, educational policies and parental attitudes that contribute to this lack in direction. The current structure under which school officials and parents attempt to safeguard their child’s education and utilize the measures in place designed to prevent bullying and cyberbullying from happening m their children s lives have proven to be wholly inadequate. Personal electronic devises are used to cyberbully both on and off-campus and circumvent the existing laws and policies designed to prevent this behavior.

By improving parental, legal guardian and community understanding in the field of law, developmental behavior, education, Internet and Information Technology this research provides a positive overall inclusive path that supports the optimum perspective that, if followed, reduces bullying and cyberbullying incidences.

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