Bullying prevention- how to protect vulnerable students online
Shockingly, between one in four and one in three US students fall victim to bullying every year, with a staggering 42% reporting that they have been bullied online. Unsurprisingly, students who are affected by bullying are more likely to suffer from poor academic performance, with over 160,000 teens skipping class to escape the torment. These victims are heartbreakingly more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression, with long lasting effects on their lives.
October 2017 has been dedicated to National Bullying Prevention Month, a campaign founded in 2006 by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. With a focus on schools and the wider community, the campaign aimed to raise awareness of bullying prevention strategies that can better students’ lives and stomp out bullying.
protecting vulnerable students online – Chloe’s story
In response to National Bullying Prevention Month, we have put together a short video to highlight the issue of cyberbullying and how life can be different with Impero Education Pro’s online safety and bullying prevention functionality.
suicide and cyberbullying
Unfortunately, the story of Chloe is very much a reality. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death for 15-24 year olds, while suicide rates for 10-14 year olds have grown by 50% in over the last three decades. The cause of suicide in youth has been partly attributed to the rise of technology and the resulting cyberbullying and self-esteem damaging effects that run alongside this. To prevent such disastrous outcomes, educators need to be equipped with the tools and knowledge to detect the early warning signs.
how can Impero help protect vulnerable students online?
Chloe’s story outlined the consequences of sexting, cyberbullying and suicide – only a few of the risks and issues that students encounter and explore online. Impero Education Pro’s keyword libraries, however, help educators to protect students from over 15 types of categorised risk including Radicalisation, Drugs & Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, LGBT derogatory language, Race & Religious Hatred and Grooming.
Impero Education Pro’s extensive keyword libraries detect on up-to-date safeguarding issues anywhere on the school’s network, including email, apps, search engines, URLs or HTML. With real-time alerts, glossary definition of terms, and screen shot and video recording evidence, Impero’s online safety functionality provides educators with the tools to detect on early warning signs of risk and protect vulnerable students online.
As seen throughout the video, our anonymous reporting tool, Confide, enables students to report any concerns that they may have regarding themselves or another student, to a member of staff they trust. Using the Confide tool promotes a culture of safeguarding, welcoming students to express any concerns and to assure them that they are being listened to. Additionally, staff are alerted to pressing issues and trends that can be addressed before they escalate, further helping to protect vulnerable students in school.
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