Bullying is not new, but its venues have expanded to include social media and mobile phones. When students receive hurtful, threatening, or sexually explicit electronic messages, it affects their ability to concentrate on schoolwork. Renowned cyberbullying experts Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin connect the off-campus, high-tech behaviors of teens to the school environment and provide educators with a road map for developing a positive school climate that counteracts cyberbullying and sexting. School Climate 2.0 differentiates cyberbullying from traditional bullying and offers specific strategies for improving school climate, including


• Building a sense of community

• Peer mentoring

• Social norming

• Data-driven action plans

• Youth grassroots campaigns

• Multi-pronged policy and programming approaches by adults


This book not only concisely boils down the latest available research on cyberbullying and sexting in a manner relevant and accessible to you, but – more importantly – strives to provides you with a roadmap for developing a positive climate at your school to reduce teen technology misuse.  To reinforce the key concepts, there are a number of valuable in-text features, including the following:


• Breakout boxes with important concepts explained in detail

• Illustrations to help illuminate specific strategies

• Views from educators who understand the power of a positive school climate

• Discussion questions after each chapter

• PreventionPoints” in each chapter highlight significant points to remember

• Chapter summaries

• Index


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Important Features of the Book

Breakdown of Chapters


Chapter 1 - Teens, Technology, and Trouble

The Story of Sam
What Would Happen to Sam Today?
Teens and Technology
Technology in Schools

Breakout Box: Delete Day

Why Schools Must Respond to Cyberbullying and Sexting
Technology Isn’t the Problem
The Power of a Positive School Climate


Discussion Questions


Chapter 2 - School Climate: Where It Begins and Ends
What Exactly is School Climate?
Breakout Box: A Positive School Climate Makes Everything Possible

Assessing Your School’s Climate

Our School Climate Measure

School Climate and Behaviors at School

The Social Bond

Breakout Box: School Climate and its Effect on School Social Issues

School Climate and Bullying
Breakout Bok: The Benefits of a Positive School Climate

Discussion Questions


Chapter 3 - Adolescent Mistreatment in the 21st Century: An Introduction to Cyberbullying

Bullying at School
Consequences of Bullying
What is Cyberbullying?

Breakout Box: A Teenaged Target’s Cry for Help

The Cyberbullied
The Cyberbully
Where Does Cyberbullying Occur?
Consequences of Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying and Self-Esteem
Cyberbullying and Suicide
Cyberbullying and School-Related Delinquency and Violence

Unique Features of Cyberbullying

Breakout Box: Decoding your Digital Footprint

Breakout Box: Unique Characteristics of Cyberbullying

The Relationship between Traditional Bullying and Cyberbullying

Discussion Questions


Chapter 4 - Adolescent Relationships in the 21st Century: An Introduction to Sexting
Sexting in the News

High Profile Incidents

Breakout Box: Adolescent Anger Lands Teen on the Sex Offender Registry

Why do Teens Engage in Sexting?
Sexting Images Go Viral

How Many Teens Really Participate in Sexting?
National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Cox Communications
Pew Internet & American Life Project

Sexting – A Continuum of Behaviors

Crimes Against Children Research Center Typology

Sexting and the Law

Breakout Box: Selected State Sexting Bills


Discussion Questions


Chapter 5 - School Climate and Online Misbehaviors

Breakout Box: School Climate and Cyberbullying

School Climate and Behaviors Online

Our Research
Educator Efforts Matter
Who do Targets Tell about Their Experiences with Cyberbullying?
Expectation of Discipline

Discussion Questions


Chapter 6 - Strategies for Improving your School Climate

Top-down Approach

Know Their Names

Community Building
Small Teacher-Student Ratios
Stay In the Loop

Breakout Box: Staying in the Loop: What I’ve Learned by Listening and Understanding

Clearly Define what is “Not Cool”

Monitor Behaviors and Respond Fairly and Consistently to Problems
Encourage Active Student Participation in Decision-making
Encourage Reporting of Any Inappropriate Behavior
Require Respect
Cultivate Hope
The Important Role of School Counselors
Breakout Box: The Important Role of a School Counselor

Inform and Involve the Community

Continue to Lay the Groundwork

Breakout Box: What YOU Can Do to Spark a Climate Change in Your School

Use Resources Available To You


Discussion Questions


Chapter 7 - It Takes a Village: Social Norms, Bystanders, and Peer Mentoring
Social Norming

An Overview of Social Norms Theory
Social Norms Theory and Traditional Bullying
Using Social Norming to Prevent Cyberbullying and Sexting

Coordinate a Student Play

Breakout Box: Using Stage Productions to Enhance School Climate

Solidarity Walk or March

Four Corners

Breakout Box: The Canadian Initiative: Students Making a Difference against Bullying

Stop Standing By and Start Standing Up!

Breakout Box: Minnesota Twins

Peer Mentoring

Discussion Questions

Chapter 8 - Prevention through Assessment: Taking the Pulse of your School and Students

Survey Your Students

Breakout Box: Talking Points for Why to Conduct Research Among Your Students


Breakout Box: Use Data to Guide Your Climate Improvement Efforts

Survey Development

Breakout Box: Assessment Leads to Better Understanding

Survey Administration
Don’t Forget About the Adults!
Focus Groups

Breakout Box: Sample Focus Group Questions

Confidentiality, Consent, and Ethical Issues


Discussion Questions

Appendix – Our Survey Questions


Chapter 9 - Effective Prevention Requires Effective Response
Can Schools Respond to Behaviors that Occur Away from School?

Just Say No to “Zero Tolerance:” Utilize Informal Responses When Appropriate
Natural and Logical Consequences

Breakout Box: What Schools Should Do When Made Aware of a Cyberbullying

When Can Educators Search the Contents of Student Cell Phones?

Special Considerations When Responding to Sexting Incidents

Breakout Box: What Schools Should Do When Made Aware of a Sexting Incident

Policy Issues

Breakout Box: Elements of a Cyberbullying Policy


Breakout Box: Elements of a School Sexting Policy
When to Get Law Enforcement Involved

Educate Students about the Consequences before the Behavior

Breakout Box: One School’s Response to Social Networking Drama

A Call for Education and Outreach

Discussion Questions