Awareness & Prevention
Presented by Traci Terrill
ESC Region XV ~ Back to School Conference 2011
Changes in the Law - HB1942
Allows a school district to include procedures in its staff
development relating to preventing, identifying, responding to,
and reporting incidents of bullying.
Defines bullying as engaging in written or verbal expression,
expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that
occurs on school property, at a school‐sponsored or
school‐related activity, or in a vehicle operated by the district
and that has the effect or will have the effect of physically
harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or placing a
student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or of
damage to the student’s property; or is sufficiently severe,
persistent, and pervasive enough that the action or threat creates
an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational See Speaker
environment for a student. Notes for
Changes in the Law – SB407
Meant to prevent and hold minors responsible for
transmitting sexually explicit messages by establishing
educational programs for violators.
"Sexting" between minors has historically been categorized
as pornography, which means violators face felony
convictions and possible registration for life in the Texas
Sex Offender Registration program. Previously, anyone
found sending or receiving sexts would be viewed by the
law as possessing or trafficking pornography. The new law
will grant exemption from punishment for those who
receive a sext and either report or destroy it within 48
hours. See Speaker
News Article – June 21, 2011 Entire Bill
Start the Talk – What is Cyberbullying?
Why is it important to discuss the topic of bullying?
Use news articles and real life stories to discuss examples of
Identify technologies used in cyberbullying.
Understand the bullying circle.
Identify rules against bullying.
Identify cyberbullying situation.
Identify the effects of cyberbullying on a student that is
bullied, on bystanders, and the student who is the bully.
Cyberbullying Prevention Commercials
In the news… Start
To Sue a Bully (Texas)
Cyber bullying likened to human rights abuse (Australia)
Bullies using Facebook to target victims (Australia)
First Amendment Limits Discipline Of Off-Campus
Student Speech (Texas)
When Anti-Cyberbullying Strategies Worked -- and
When They Didn't (Yahoo)
Cyber bullying: Out you go! (Malaysia, very interesting)
Cyberbullying, where to draw the line (has video by PD)
How Should You React to
Identify steps to take if cyber bullied.
Identify what steps to take if someone they know is
being cyber bullied.
Harmless Joke or Cyberbullying? ABC News
Click here for
Video Teachers Guide
Let’s Fight it Together
Bullying Circle Start
Cyberbullying A Prevention Curriculum for
Grades 6-12 by Limber, Kowalski, and Agatston
What is Cyberbullying? the Talk
"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.