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The Future of Online Student Safety: Social Web and Other Problems Facing Schools – Mental Health Awareness Edition

The Future of Online Student Safety: Social Web and Other Problems Facing Schools – Mental Health Awareness Edition 5/31/2019

The Future of Online Student Safety: Social Web and Other Problems Facing Schools – Mental Health Awareness Edition

By Anders Johnsson, securly://

With Mental Health Awareness Month coming to a close, we would like to emphasize how serious it is for school districts to assist students who are struggling from metal health illnesses.
Since the creation of the internet, we can do more and more than we would have ever imagined. Although the internet is useful for researching, shopping, and working, unfortunately it is also used to harm or hurt others. For example, the negative use of the internet has increased both bullying and suicides. Students are venting their emotions online while seeking and planning violent acts. This has increased the urgency for districts to consider Digital Citizenship initiatives, create tip lines, and assemble crisis teams.

Consider some of the most shocking statistics about bullying:

• Forty-three percent of students are bullied online, and 25% of those students are bullied repeatedly.
• Studies show that 81% of kids bully online because it is easier to get away with than in person.
• Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people 10-18 years of age – 7.4% of students attempt suicide, and 17.2% consider it.
• Students are increasingly using the web to search for ways to harm themselves or post cries for help.
• School shootings and other violent acts are on the rise, causing great concerns for schools to increase student safety initiatives.

Because of the negative affect the internet has had on cyberbullying, it is more important than ever for schools to take the vital steps to help students who are dealing with mental health issues. Whether this includes creating a program to better identify the effects of mental health or installing a web filter that limits and monitors activity on student devices, it is important to continually seek out ways to protect students.

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