Attention: State and District Leaders, School Administrators, Educators, Student Support Personnel, Parents, and Education Stakeholders
The U.S. Department of Education is hosting a webinar series to address topics that are on the top of educators’ minds. After sharing federal updates, the series features lessons learned and best practices from faculty, staff, schools, districts, institutions of higher education, and other places of educational instruction. It also shares a variety of useful resources.
On behalf of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Safe and Supportive Schools, the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) invites you to join our next webinar, Promoting Whole Student Health Through Safe Digital Habits.
Wednesday, November 8, 2023
3:00 – 4:30 pm ET
According to a 2023 study by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), 51% of teens (13–17) experienced some form of online harassment in the past twelve months compared to 36% in 2022. The study also showed that 46% of teens who were harassed in the past twelve months said online harassment led to offline/in-person harassment. Increases in experiences of harassment for teens happened across social media and other platforms including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, WhatsApp and TikTok. Online harassment can have devastating outcomes for youth, and the adults in their lives may not even be aware it is happening.
In this webinar, subject matter experts talked about what cyberbullying and harassment can look like, the prevalence of the problem, and the impacts these experiences have on young people’s physical and mental health. We explored recommendations for what schools and other adults and peers can do to prevent cyberbullying and harassment and support young people who are experiencing it. We also discussed digital citizenship and digital wellness as intervention frameworks that may help stop students from engaging in online bullying and harassment and support those students who are experiencing it.
- Dr. Melissa Mercado-Crespo, Lead Behavior Scientist, Team Lead – Youth Violence and Emerging Topics, NCIPC, Division of Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Tyiesha Short, Associate Director of Science and Policy, Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
- Dr. Jenny Radesky, Co-Medical Director, Center of Excellence on Social Media and Youth Mental Health; Director, Division of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Michigan Medical School, MI
- Tamara Sobel, National Advisor, Health & Media Literacy, Media Literacy Now; Founder, Girls, Women + Media Project, MA
- William Wright III, School Counselor, Sherwood Acres Elementary School, Dougherty County School System, GA
Cindy Carraway-Wilson, Training Specialist, NCSSLE
- Surgeon General Issues New Advisory About Effects Social Media Use Has on Youth Mental Health, HHS
- Social Media and Youth Mental Health, HHS
- Center of Excellence on Social Media and Youth Mental Health, American Academy of Pediatrics
- Creating a Positive Foundation for Greater Civility in Online Spaces, Boston Children’s Digital Wellness Lab
- Tips for Teachers - Warning Signs a Child is Being Cyberbullied or is Cyberbullying, Stopbullying.gov
- Teaching Digital Well-Being: Evidence-Based Resources to Help Youth Thrive, Center for Digital Thriving
- Teens and Mental Health: How Girls Really Feel About Social Media, Common Sense Media, Research
- Digital Citizenship Curriculum, Common Sense Media, Curriculum
- Device Free Dinner, Common Sense Media, Education
- Cyberbullying: Identification, Prevention and Response, 2023 Edition, Cyberbullying Research Center
- Bullying Surveillance Among Youths, CDC
- CDC Resources for Action, CDC
- VetoViolence, CDC
- Violence Prevention: School-based Anti-bullying Interventions, The Community Guide
- Digital Privacy Toolkit
- Center for Digital Thriving
- Center for Parent and Teen Communication
- Likes vs Learning
- Designed with Kids in Mind
- Chalkbeat Chicago Public Schools is monitoring students’ social media for ‘worrisome behavior’
- Social Media Surveillance in Schools: Rethinking Public Health Interventions in the Digital Age
- How to Craft Useful Student-Centered Social Media Policies
- How To Create A Social Media Policy For Your School, Common Sense Media, Education
- Digital Futures Initiative
- Future Ready Schools from All4Ed
Please contact NCSSLE if you have any questions. We look forward to sharing this information with you and hearing about the important work you are doing in your schools, communities, and states to meet the needs of students and staff.
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