Monday, October 8th, 2018

The Latest Bullying Research

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Courses, Internet Safety, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

Bullying prevention research is a growing field of study and researchers are making strides in trying to understand the complexities and effects of bullying. We compiled and summarized recent research on the topic. “National student survey shows bullying is on the rise over the last three years, particularly among students of color in majority white […]

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Thursday, December 28th, 2017

School and Student Safety in the News

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Crisis Response, Internet Safety, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

We scoured the headlines for topics you would find informative – here’s what we found “How active shooters are changing school security in the US,” CNN: According to a recent Government Accountability Office survey, two-thirds of schools in the U.S. conduct active-shooter exercises and nearly all of them have a plan if a shooter comes […]

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Monday, May 8th, 2017

Keeping Sensitive Information Safe

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Internet Safety

The Dell End-User Security Survey polled 2,608 professionals who handle confidential data at companies with 250 or more employees. The survey found that 72 percent of employees are willing to share sensitive, confidential or regulated company information. The most common reasons these employees shared information were: 43 percent were directed by management to share information […]

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Cyberbullying: Is it a technology issue or a behavioral issue?

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Crisis Response, Internet Safety, Social Media, Student Well-Being

Cybersecurity expert and advocate Reginald Corbitt recently authored an opinion piece in eSchool News to examine the root cause of cyberbullying. In his article, which you can read in its entirety here, he argues that many parents and educators alike believe curbing cyberbullying is as easy as limiting students’ access to technology. However, Corbitt references […]

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Is Bullying or Getting in School Fights Worth a Felony?

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Compliance, Courses, Internet Safety, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

The Washington Post reported that effective January 1, 2017 the Missouri law, which previously defined harassment in six different ways, will now broadly define harassment as any act that “causes emotional distress.” The law also elevates harassment from a misdemeanor to a felony offense. “Let me be clear, the consequences of poor choices and bad […]

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Monday, August 29th, 2016

Another Big Month for Mental Health: October

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Bullying, Compliance, Courses, Internet Safety, Programs, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, our entire October newsletter is dedicated to highlighting issues around bullying. We’ll highlight recent news about bullying prevention, customer best practices, and innovative tactics and useful tips. However, we wanted to give you a preview. A recent article from the San Diego Union Tribune reported that 62 percent […]

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Monday, January 11th, 2016

Preventing Crisis: Spotting Danger

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Crisis Response, Internet Safety, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

Since the Columbine School massacre in 1999, there have been an estimated 262 school and college shooting incidents. Just this past October, a gunman opened fire at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College and as of this writing, in December 2015, Los Angeles Unified School District and several schools in New Hampshire shut down all schools after […]

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Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Brace Yourself: Winter Break Is Coming

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Internet Safety, Social Media

The long winter break means students and staff members are left to their own devices – which often translates into more time on social media. Even though school is not in session, students (and staff, too!) should still tweet and post responsibly in social media forums. In the past month, we’ve read a few compelling […]

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Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Abusing Anonymity: How Teens Use Apps to Cyberbully Peers

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Internet Safety

School bullying, which used to take place just on school property or on the bus, is now following students home as bullying migrates from the blacktop to the laptop. According to a study Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project conducted in 2011, 90 percent of teens have witnessed cruel or bullying behavior on […]

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Thursday, September 17th, 2015

5 Things to Consider When Creating a Bullying Prevention Program for Your District

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Internet Safety, Programs

Unfortunately, bullying is still an issue we must address in schools. According to stopbullying.gov, 28 percent of U.S. students in grades 6-12 have experienced bullying. The long-term effects of bullying –a higher risk of depression, obesity, substance abuse and more – can lead to profound issues within our society. State and federal government legislatures have been taking steps […]

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Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Important Training to Consider

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Compliance, Courses, Internet Safety

At WORKS, we stay ahead of legislation and topical issues to anticipate your district staff training needs. Part of this is, of course, state or federally mandated trainings, but districts may also want to deploy additional training courses to address growing concerns within their district. We have more than 400 courses – including both mandated […]

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Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Technology’s Role in Teens’ Friendships

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Internet Safety

The Pew Research Center examined the role technology plays in teens’ social lives in its new report titled “Teens, Technology and Friendships.” Researchers surveyed a nationally representative sample of 1,060 teens between the ages 13-17 online from September-October 2014 and February-March 2015, and conducted 16 online and in-person focus groups in April 2014 and November […]

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Monday, August 10th, 2015

Tweeting Responsibly: School Athletes

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Courses, Internet Safety

A recent article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press suggests that social media has a big impact on students’ futures, particularly those who are being recruited for collegiate athletics. College coaches have started following their prospects on Twitter, which is forcing student athletes to think before they tweet. Not only are coaches paying attention for […]

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Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Social Media: The Upside

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Internet Safety

Despite the bad reputation it has been getting in the media, social media does have educational value. Fast Company says that social media gives students the opportunity to build a personal brand early in life. They can connect with people who have similar interests, express creativity and even hone writing and photography skills. Admissions offices […]

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Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Product Highlight: CIPA Training Program

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Internet Safety, Programs

In 1996 the e-rate was born which led to the growth of, internet accessibility in the classroom. As internet access increased and social media sources became more rampant, legislation followed. In 2012, the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) that in order for schools to be eligible to receive E-rate funding for […]

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Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Issue Highlight: Social Media Policy for Cyberbullying

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Internet Safety

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat… the list goes on and on. With the ever-growing prevalence of social media in today’s society, it is more important than ever for both students and adults to become social media literate and post or tweet responsibly. Some school districts are instituting social media policies to fight one of the major […]

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Monday, March 31st, 2014

Student Safety: National Youth Violence Prevention Week (April 7-11)

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Internet Safety

The National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE), a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to decreasing the potential for violence in our schools and communities, is sponsoring National Youth Violence Prevention Week from April 7-11, 2014. The nationwide initiative raises awareness and to prevent youth violence. Each day during the week corresponds to a specific challenge: […]

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Monday, March 31st, 2014

HOT Topic: Student Data Privacy

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Internet Safety

To help school districts and educators better protect student data when using online educational resources, the Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) of the Department of Education, released new guidelines with information and best practices for meeting the major requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment […]

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Awareness Month: Preparing for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Courses, Internet Safety

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a recent national survey found that 1 in 10 teens reported being purposely hit or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend at least once in the 12 months prior to the survey. Victims of teen dating violence have an increased likelihood of being depressed […]

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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

School Safety in the News

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Awards, Crisis Response, Internet Safety

Cincinnati school safety: Oak Hills High School gets full-time dog trained to sniff out drugs, guns

Back to school: Security heightened after Newtown

School Safety On Rural Campuses

School Police: “Cyber Bullying” Top Safety Concern

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