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This book describes the legal precedents involved in the discipline of students who engage in this type of behavior and provides a very helpful matrix for dealing with a sensitive cyber situation. I'd recommend this text for all administrators!

Jill Gildea, Superintendent

Fremont School District 79, Mundelein, IL


Education Talk Radio: 3/25/2011

What every school leader needs to know about cyber bullying and the law

A parent brings a cyber bullying incident to your attention and expects you to resolve it. What are the students' rights and your responsibilities according to the law? Because the laws regarding disciplinary action are still evolving, this manual fills the gap by providing public school leaders with data-driven solutions for managing cyber bullying incidents. The authors offer clear guidance for honoring free expression while providing a safe learning environment. Helpful tools include

“Top Ten Rules” for addressing cyber bullying; Strategies for documenting aggressive cyber situations; User-friendly legal tests for differentiating netiquette violations from First Amendment–protected expressions; The MATRIX, a rubric that provides efficient and clear decision-making guidelines for determining appropriate responses to cyber bullying incidents (also available online)

Relevant case studies give examples of schools' authority to regulate, censor, or sanction inappropriate cyber expression. Mistakes can be costly, and avoiding liability is key. This book shows you how to protect yourself, your school, and your students in accordance with the law.

Working the MATRIX
Working the MATRIX

The MATRIX is a comprehensive assessment tool for objectively processing a cyber bullying incident involving a school institution. The MATRIX applies whenever a reported incident of suspected cyber aggression occurs. The purpose of the MATRIX is not to respond to the immediacy of the situation; rather, the MATRIX provides guidance supporting the sanctions that school administrators ultimately assign to the offending student.

The MATRIX is composed of six sections:

  • Section 1: Status and personal characteristics from the student/offender's school records and general background contact information on those involved in the incident.
  • Section 2: The category and description of the presenting conduct.
  • Section 3: Numerical calculations correlating to the intensity of the presenting offense.
  • Section 4: Numerical calculations correlating to the offender's status and personal ...
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