Despite the tremendous benefits of communication technologies more present in our teaching and learning environments, there is increasing evidence that the use of e-mail, cell phones, text messages, instant messaging, and social networking Web sites are being used to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviors intended to harm others. It’s called cyberbullying and it’s a behavior that can spin out of control.
CTF has developed policy on cyberconduct and cyberbullying. The guiding principles are based on the premise that safe and caring schools that promote healthy workplaces for teachers and healthy learning environments for children and youth should be a national priority. Individual rights to freedom of information and the right to free thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication, must be balanced with the rights and responsibilities of children and youth and those who are placed in positions of trust to protect them.
CTF policy speaks heavily to the need for education as a key element in addressing, preventing and protecting students and teachers from cyber-related harm. It also speaks to the roles and responsibilities of parents and guardians, schools, school boards and school districts, teachers, students, teacher organizations, ministries of education and government.
We hope this section of our Web site will be a helpful resource for teachers in the event they witness or become targeted by cyberbullying.
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Special thanks to the Nova Scotia Teachers' Union, Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens, Manitoba Teachers' Society, Ontario Teachers' Federation, Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario and the Media Awareness Network for their valuable input.