In the last 12 months, 26 percent of K-12 teachers say they have taught students how to handle incidents of cyber bullying, while only 15 percent said they spoke to students about online “hate speech,” according to a new survey by the National Cyber Security Alliance and Microsoft.
The survey, which polled 1,012 teachers and 402 school administrators, reveals that despite the absence of anti-cyber bullying lessons in classrooms, educators say they are ready to discuss the issue. More than half of the respondents said they were prepared to share guidance about cyber-bullying prevention with their students.
Michael Kaiser, executive director of NCSA, noted that “too often in the past year,” the media have reported on the dire consequences of online harassment.
“We hope the light that the highest levels of our country’s leadership are shining on this topic will trigger increased use of cyber-bullying curriculum in our nation’s schools,” he said. “We look forward to working with our nation’s educators and administrators to help our children fully understand the responsibilities of cyber citizenship.”