Cyberbullying Trustee Training


Cyberbullying and cyber-aggression involve several critical nuances which differentiate it from traditional schoolyard bullying. These nuances include:
  • rapidly evolving electronic platforms
  • multifaceted approaches for aggression
  • 24/7/365 nature of accessibility
  • moral and legal implications for schools and individuals

Students need supportive adults who are both knowledgeable about and empathetic to the complicated life of the online young adult.

Who Are Trustees?

Trustees are designated staff members, specifically trained to deal with online aggression, who are willing to serve as point people for students and are staff members whom students feel comfortable approaching for help (Hinduja & Patchin, 2015).

What Does Trustee Training Involve?

While trainings can be altered to fit the needs of individual schools, ideally trustee training is a 6-8 hour training that incorporates the following:

  • Cyberbullying trends and statistics
  • Overview of legal precedents that inform school cyberbullying intervention
  • In-depth review of cyberbullying response techniques (aggressor, target, bystander)
  • Guidance on creating and sustaining a trustee program
  • Review of and/or creation of school-specific documents regarding cyberbullying definition or investigation

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