How can we eradicate cyber bullying, sexting and hazing from K-20 settings?

Posted by Ronald | October 17, 2014  |  No Comment

Whether it is cyber bullying, sexting or hazing, they all may have the same psychological and physical effect on students such as low self-esteem, poor performance in school, severe illness and death. Educational institutions are confronted with these dangerous acts committed by perpetrators throughout the U.S. So the critical questions to be asked are: How can we eradicate cyber bullying, sexting and hazing from K-20 settings? How can we use evidence-based practices to address this problem?

Cyber bullying has become the new age type of bullying because of the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. In a national iSAFE study of fourth to eight graders, 42 percent of these students were hazed through cyber bullying. In many instances, these inappropriate acts are coordinated before students enter the school buildings.

As described by a law official to a group of high school students in Western Massachusetts, the following is how sexting which is a form of cyber bullying, presents problems for students: a female student agrees to text a nude picture of herself to a boyfriend as a result of pressure from him. When the relationship ends, the boyfriend forwards the picture to other friends who may forward the picture to additional friends. The girl is harassed, bullied and embarrassed by the time the picture has circulated through her school. Consequently, the boyfriend and other parties could be charged with a felony, assessed fines and incarcerated if convicted.

The Holmes Education Post (THEP) and Einestine Technology Services (ETS) have formed a partnership to extend an invitation for the leadership and administrative team at educational institutions to review a free 9 minute pilot of our online national anti-hazing curriculum on “How to Eradiate Hazing” and other forms of harassment, intimidation and bullying from the educational institution’s culture. Please click the link “Hazing Curriculum” on THEP or ETS to review the online module in the curriculum.

For this online program, the objectives are to provide an online curriculum that can educate students on the policies, procedures and laws on anti-hazing preventions; provide a historical, psychological, sociological, legal and cultural perspective of the negative effects of hazing and provide students with alternative methods for implementing acceptable initiation rites.

In December 2014, a fully developed online national anti-hazing curriculum will be available by THEP and ETS for your consideration. Using evidence based practices on hazing, the book entitled, “How to Eradicate Hazing” will serve as the reference guide for the online anti-hazing curriculum. The online curriculum can be adapted to fit any educational institution’s brand and made available in multiple platforms including OSX, Android, Windows, as well as device agnostic (tablet, phone, laptop) and have the flexibility to incorporate slides and voice simulations in English and Spanish separately.

The Holmes Education Post and Einestine Technology Services welcome the opportunity to collaborate with educational institutions and customize the fully developed 60 minute online anti-hazing curriculum for their institutions. As part of this program, we will also include a 30 minute online anti-hazing curriculum detailing how other stakeholders such as faculty members at the institution can play an integral role to eradicate hazing from the institution’s culture.

 Dr. Ronald Holmes is the author of seven books, “Education Questions to be Answered,” “Current Issues and Answers in Education,” “How to Eradicate Hazing,” “Professional Career Paths” “Your Answers to Education Questions,” “How to revitalize the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.” and “Completing the Dissertation: Tips, techniques and real-life experiences from Ph.D. graduates.” He is publisher of “The Holmes Education Post,” an education focused Internet newspaper.  Holmes is a former teacher, school administrator and district superintendent. He can be reached at [email protected]

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