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School Climate 2.0: Preventing Cyberbullying and Sexting One Classroom at a Time 1st Edition

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"Amidst the hysteria surrounding cyberbullying and sexting, Hinduja and Patchin represent a sane, sensible voice that helps us all better understand these phenomena and what is really happening here. This book is filled with useful information and practical tips for those who seek to create positive school climates where bullying of all kinds is minimized. Every educator should buy it and read it.” (Kevin Jennings, Former Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education for Safe and Drug Free Schools 2012-01-10)

“It is critical that educators, school administrators, parents, and technology companies work together to promote positive behavior – online and off. This practical guide provides important information, backed up by careful research, about the ways that adults can help build constructive dialogues and relationships with students.” (Joe Sullivan, Chief Security Officer 2011-12-21)

“Working with schools around the country, I know firsthand how much pressure there is to find an “answer” to bullying in schools, whether because of recent laws mandating programs and training or the community demanding answers. It’s hard to know what resource is best. It’s especially confusing because a bullying-prevention industry has bloomed to take advantage of this need but so many of these programs lack content based on a realistic analysis. I’m not at all surprised that Justin Patchin and Sameer Hinduja have created the resource all schools should use in School Climate 2.0, either to meet the new legal requirements or truly do the hard and comprehensive work of creating a culture of dignity in a school. From understanding the true dynamics of cyberbullying, to outlining a commonsense strategic plan for educators that will work with their individual community, School Climate 2.0 to my mind is really the most important resource currently available. I will more than strongly advise every school I work with to use this book. Say it this way: if I could make School Climate 2.0 mandatory reading for every school administrator in the country, I would.” (Rosalind Wiseman, Author of Queen Bees and Wannabes)

"A rarely seen compendium of school strategies that have worked, School Climate 2.0 moves past the headlines to offer a textured discussion of what we really need to strengthen school culture and improve teens’ and schools’ relationships to social media." (Rachel Simmons, Author of "Odd Girl Out")

"Blaming technology is easy. Addressing the socio-cultural dynamics that shape young people’s lives is hard. Yet, to address hard problems like bullying and sexting, this is precisely what we need to do. In School Climate 2.0 Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin flesh out the relationship between technologically mediated issues and school climate before offering valuable strategies for educators and community members to address problems in their schools. Both grounded and practical, this is a must-read for all who are scratching their heads about how to prevent bullying and sexting." (Danah Boyd, Senior Researcher)

"Finally, a book that takes a holistic approach to the cyberbullying problem! There is no dividing line between school and home when it comes to the ways members of this generation relate to one another. A positive school climate can only help create a more positive home environment, and vice versa. This book gives readers specific guidance regarding how to prevent cyberbullying, sexting, and other problematic online behaviors." (John Halligan)

"School Climate 2.0 is a wise and practically helpful book. The authors are national leaders in cyberbullying. They present a helpful overview to the problem and most importantly a series of concrete suggestions about how we can make our schools safer, more supportive and engaging. In addition, the book is filled with “voices from the field”, prevention points, discussion questions at the end of the chapter which all serve to make this volume practically helpful to educators. I highly recommend it!" (Jonathan Cohen, President)

"By cutting through all the media hype and speculation, Hinduja and Patchin present an accurate and helpful analysis of issues related to young people’s use of technology. By pointing out that the vast majority of youth are using technology safely and responsibly, they’re able to focus on the real issues, the real problems, and the kids who need our help. By basing their advice on rigorous research, they are able to come up with strategies that are effective and appropriate. I’m especially pleased that the authors focus on social norms and school climate by sharing insights into how the overall climate of a school affects the behavior of everyone in it." (Larry Magid, Technology Journalist and Internet Safety Advocate)

"This is an immensely helpful and well-sourced book. It gives a thorough introduction to adolescents’ use of new technologies and sexting and cyberbullying. It makes a strong case that school climate is a vital factor in regulating these abuses. There are excellent chapters on how practical intervention strategies can be implemented in schools. It will be a great resource for teachers, educators, and parents." (Peter K. Smith, Emeritus Professor)

"While Sameer Hinduja and Justin Patchin have a history of providing leadership in solid research and effective outreach on issues of youth risk in a digital age, in this book they have massively outdone their past excellence. Grounded in the understanding that the majority of young people make good choices online and effectively handle the negative situations that do occur, but that a minority of young people are at higher risk, Hinduja and Patchin craft recommendations for a positive school climate approach to help all young people learn to make good choices and assist their peers." (Nancy Willard)

"Sameer Hinduja and Justin Patchin remind us early on that, contrary to most media hype, most young people use their ubiquitous technologies safety and responsibly the majority of the time. Then, they discuss how a positive school climate is fundamental for all of learning and teaching. They share innovative, pragmatic strategies to enhance climate and thereby foster a better social environment― which will reduce behavioral problems offline and online among youth. This very readable, very user-friendly book should be considered mandatory for all preservice teacher education programs and be used as a guide for planning ongoing inservice training as schools prepare to better meet the needs of their 21st century students." (Mike Donlin, Cyberbullying and Digital Safety Consultant)

"This book shared valuable information about social networks and texting that increased my awareness of their prevalence and potential legal consequences of student misuse." (Carol S. Cash, Assistant Professor 2011-10-28)

"This book will help administrators lead their schools to form and keep policies that reduce or eliminate cyberbullying." (Brigitte Tennis, Headmistress 2011-10-28)

About the Author

Dr. Sameer Hinduja is a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University and Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center (www.cyberbullying.org). He is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work on the subjects of cyberbullying and safe social networking, concerns that have paralleled the exponential growth in online communication by young people. Outside of research and evaluation expertise, Dr. Hinduja provides training to schools, youth organizations, parents, and teens on how to avoid online victimization and its real-world consequences. His interdisciplinary work is widely published and cited, and has been featured in numerous local, state, national, and international media outlets.

Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D., is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. His research explores the intersection of teens and technology, with particular focus on cyberbullying, online social networking, and sexting. He travels around the United States (and abroad) training educators, counselors, law enforcement officers, parents, and teens on how to prevent and respond to adolescent misuses of technology. Dr. Patchin is Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center (www.cyberbullying.org) and has written six books and numerous articles on adolescent behaviors online. He has spoken at the White House and the FBI Academy, and has appeared on CNN, NPR, and in the New York Times to discuss issues related to teens' use and misuse of technology.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Corwin; 1 edition (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412997836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412997836
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lissa Albert on June 7, 2012
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*In the spirit of full disclosure, I was honored to have been asked by the authors to provide a small "breakout box" segment, providing insight into the Canadian initiatives being introduced by students who are working to raise awareness of cyberbullying. Truth be told, this is a book I would have gotten no matter what, as you'll see from my review*

I first became familiar with the topic of cyberbullying in doing research for my Masters thesis. In doing so, I referred often to the authors' first book Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying. Reading it from cover to cover, I not only learned about cyberbullying in as comprehensible a fashion as possible, I also learned how to cope with incidents, as well as how to TEACH the subject. Then came Cyberbullying Prevention and Response: Expert Perspectives and once again, from the authors themselves as well as other experts, I learned even more about the topic, why it's important, and how to deal with the behavior.

Having graduated now, I am a Cyberbullying Educator, and more than ever, the topic is crucial to the well-being of our society. This book addresses the link between the school environment and cyberbullying/sexting. That is vital, because with the nature of cyberbullying (more often than not, taking place off school grounds, and not during school hours), many educators ask, "why is this my problem? Why is this an educational problem?" "School Climate 2.0" answers those questions, and more.
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Hinduja and Patchin have produced a rare book that manages to be both true to relevant research and usable by practitioners. The authors have worked extensively in research, law enforcement and educational fields, which supports the quality of this work. They clearly approach the subject of Cyberbullying with energy, but their wisdom takes over when they carefully address legal issues and discuss how effective handling of this issue in a school needs to fit the school's culture. I would recommend this book not only for educators needing an effective tool for understanding and confronting problems with student misuses of technology, but for professionals seeking a good example of dealing with a school problem through the lens of organizational culture. I will refer to this again and will recommend it highly.
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I consider School Climate 2.0, to be a respectable and interesting read. This book is not filled with continuous words to either fill up the pages or to make a point that the authors are intelligent. It is straight to the point, easy read, and is filled with interesting information and facts. It also includes good ideas and strategies that can benefit all schools.
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School Climate 2.0 is an excellent resource for educators workng with adolescents. The authors give specific strategies that are easily incorporated into Character Education lessons. I highly recommend this book for schools to include in their staff development trainings and to incorporate lessons into direct classroom instruction.
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As a police officer who works often with the schools in my city, I have seen firsthand the impact cyberbullying can have on children. While I typically don't handle calls for cyberbullying every day, I have done so enough that I (and my co-workers) need to be prepared. The most startling aspect of these calls is when you speak with the victim's teacher or administrator and you learn that they've seen signs of cyberbullying but failed to recognize it and/or take corrective action on their student(s) behalf. This failure to act is often a result of the school not providing proper training or making cyberbullying a priority.

School Climate 2.0 talks about why cyberbullying/sexting is a problem and its prevalence. While the text discusses the abundance of technology students have access to and the problems which arise as a result, it rightfully does not focus on technology being the problem in itself. The book instead gears its attention to educating us about school climate and really gets you to think about how educators, students, and everyone else involved can work together in order to reach a shared goal or vision. It presents strategies for improving your schools climate and discusses ideas which can be implemented at different levels. Additionally, School Climate 2.0 makes numerous suggestions as to what educators can do in different situations (such as educators abilities to respond to behaviors which are occurring away from campus).

I would highly recommend this book for every teacher, administrator, counselor, support staff member, police officer, nurse, parent, district office personnel, student, or ANYONE else who has a hand (or wants to have a hand) in changing their school for the better.
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In this extremely educational, practical, easy-to-read, and useful book, authors Sameer Hinduja and Justin Patchin address critical problems that exist in the world of internet bullying, sexting, the connection between teens using technology and their activities in school, as well as solutions and intelligent strategies to address these issues. In School Climate 2.0, one is able to better understand why problems with internet bullying, sexting, and other teen technology problems may occur, as well as how they are connected with school environments. This book offers insights and solutions to help both students and teachers promote a more positive school climate that can, in turn, lead to less of this online bullying among kids. The research shown in this book helps to support and reiterate that there is, indeed, an existing dilemma in the world of internet bullying, and that there are very necessary steps to be taken in order to solve this problem. The set-up of the book, including real-life stories, responses from professionals, prevention points to offer ideas and advice on minimizing these issues with online bullying, as well as questions regarding the subject-matter, make it one full of extremely valuable resources that can truly help make our society aware of the true roots of online bullying and teen technology misuse, and the connection that it has with the schools that kids and teens are attending. The authors of this book did an outstanding and brilliant job in clearly organizing explanations to the correlation between young people and technology and school environments, which is tremendously necessary and valuable material needed in order to advance in a progressive and positive manner towards the problem of online bullying, sexting, and other problems with teens and technology so evidently seen in today's society.
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