Bullying and Harassment: A Legal Guide for Educators

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CHAPTER SEVEN
Internet-Enabled Bullying,
Harassment, and Threats

REMOTE, INSTANTANEOUS, AND ANONYMOUS, INTERNET-ENABLED COMmunication is the perfect vehicle for an insecure bully with instantgratification urges. Bang out the message, pick a target, and shoot it on its way. Even the slang of its delivery mode gratifies with double entendre. Harassing messages are also easy to send— [Control-c, Control-v,] with no need to even compose a new message every time. Innuendos and lies can be posted in chat rooms; blogs can ramble on, exposing personal angst and envy. Entire Web sites can be created in the privacy of a student bedroom and uploaded to the Web to bully, harass, and threaten fellow students, students in faraway schools, and school personnel anywhere.


The Internet in Schools

No doubt exists that the Internet has been both a boon and a burden to public schools. The Internet puts more information at students' fingertips than the old-fashioned Encyclopædia Britannica salesman could ever have carried. In fact, the entire encyclopedia, and many other comparable resources, is now available online, as are fully annotated reports, term papers, dissertations, and op-ed pieces on every conceivable subject. Students can use the Internet

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