Cyber-bullying involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an
individual or group, that is intended to harm others. "Cyberbullying" is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated,
embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones.
It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor. Once adults become involved, it is plain
and simple cyber-harassment or cyberstalking. Adult cyber-harassment or cyberstalking is never called cyberbullying.
"Teen Dating Violence and Abuse" is a pattern of emotional, verbal, sexual, or physical violence and/or abuse by one person in a current or
past relationship of a romantic nature to exert power and control over another when one or both of the partners is a teenager. Abuse may include insults,
coercion, social sabotage, sexual harassment, threats and/or acts of physical or sexual abuse. The abusive partner uses this pattern of violent and
coercive behavior to gain power and maintain control over the dating partner. To be subject to this Policy, teen dating violence and abuse committed
by one student against another must occur on school property, during a school-sponsored activity, or during school-sponsored transportation.
The policy defines harassment as any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, use of data or computer software, or written, verbal or physical conduct directed against a student or employee that:
1. Places a student or employee in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property.
2. Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's educational performance, opportunities, or benefits.
3. Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of a school.
Can include the reporting of anything that is not defined as bullying, harassment, or teen dating violence and abuse. Common incidents that
are reported under this "Other" tab include: Conflicts, such as fights or the reporting of drugs or weapons.
Bullying occurs when a person is exposed, repeatedly and over time,
to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or
she has difficulty defending himself or herself. Bullying is aggressive behavior
that involves unwanted, negative actions. Bullying involves a pattern of behavior
repeated over time. Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength. An easy way to determine if something is bullying is to look for three things
that are generally present in a bullying situation:
1. R – repeated (or has the potential for being repeated)
2. I – intentional (deliberate, not accidental or unaware)
3. P – power imbalance (can be physical, social, etc.)