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What is Cyberbullying/Harassment?

What is Cyberbullying/Harassment?

Bullying is defined as any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act(s) or conduct, including electronic communications committed by a pupil(s) that has, or can be reasonably predicted to have, the effect of one or more of the following:
 
    • Reasonable fear of harm to person or property
    • Substantial detrimental effect on physical or mental health
    • Substantial interference with academic performance
    • Substantial interference with the ability to participate in or benefit from school services, activities, or privileges. 
 
Cyberbullying includes, but is not limited to, bullying through online messages, texts, sounds, videos, or images. Sending or posting unwanted comments, images, videos, and pictures that are done to intentionally harm or bully a student using school-facilitated virtual mediums is prohibited. 

Cyberbullying can also include Cyber Sexual Harassment. Cyber Sexual bullying/harassment includes when a student recipient receives an image and then shares that image to other students through text message, social media, or other electronic means.

Examples of Cyberbullying/Cyber Harassment: 
 
    • Using a YCUSD email to send inappropriate, sexually explicit, or offensive language to another student or teacher. 
    • Sending an inappropriate, sexually explicit, or offensive image to a student in a private chat within a virtual classroom meeting. 
    • Taking a screenshot of another individual and using that image to create a Meme of them to circulate to members of the campus. 
    • Spreading rumors about an individual using virtual means of communicating. 
    • Creating fake social media accounts to bully or catfish another user.
 
For more information on bullying or sexual harassment, please visit StopBullying.gov
Cyberbullying FAQs for Parents

Cyberbullying FAQs for Parents

  • Who should I report to if my child experiences cyberbullying/harassment?
If you think your child is a victim of cyberbullying or cyber harassment, please report the incident to your child’s teacher and/or principal. Students may also report bullying or harassment to their teacher or principal. Your school’s administrative team will take steps to investigate, address the incident, and provide interventions to prevent future incidents from reoccuring.  
  • What happens if the cyberbullying happens on the weekend, at night, or on a platform not related to YCUSD activities?
If you become aware of an incident of cyberbullying that occurred on an platform or activity not related to YCUSD, you can notify your school site administrator if you have concerns that this will impact the targeted child’s education or if you see further instances of bullying begin to appear during school hours or on an YCUSD-related platform. While YCUSD does not have jurisdiction over instances not related to school, YCUSD will take available steps to ensure that all students' feel safe while participating in virtual learning activities. 
  • What will my student or I be asked once we make the report? 
Administrators will conduct an interview with your student in order to gather specific details regarding the harassment, including when the harassment occurred and the individuals involved. If you have screenshots of the harassment, the administrator may ask you to send screenshots of the conversations or inappropriate language. Please do not send sexually explicit images to school employees.  You may be asked to write a statement in lieu of submitting this type of image.
  • What steps is YCUSD taking to prevent cyberbullying while students are participating in virtual learning? 
All YCUSD Board Policies prohibiting harassment and cyberbullying continue to apply while students engage in virtual learning. While conducting virtual learning, school sites will instruct students on how to safely use online tools and how to be upstanding digital citizens in order to maintain a virtual learning environment that is safe, healthy, and fun for all students. 
  • What are some educational resources we can use to teach our kids about safe internet use/cyberbullying?
Please see below for some resources for information about Digital Citizenship norms and some resources regarding safe internet use. 
Digital Citizenship (Common Sense Education)
Stop Bullying (StopBullying.gov)
 
Bullying Policy

Bullying Policy

BP 5131.2
 
The Governing Board recognizes the harmful effects of bullying on student well-being, student learning, and school attendance and desires to provide a safe school environment that protects students from physical and emotional harm. No individual or group shall, through physical, written, verbal, visual, or other means, harass, sexually harass, threaten, intimidate, cyberbully, cause bodily injury to, or commit hate violence against any student or school personnel, or retaliate against them for filing a complaint or participating in the complaint resolution process.

The Superintendent or designee shall develop strategies for addressing bullying in district schools with the involvement of students, parents/guardians, and staff. As appropriate, the Superintendent or designee may also collaborate with social services, mental health services, law enforcement, courts, and other agencies and community organizations in the development and implementation of effective strategies to promote safety in schools and the community.

Such strategies shall be incorporated into the comprehensive safety plan and, to the extent possible, into the local control and accountability plan and other applicable district and school plans.

Any complaint of bullying shall be investigated and, if determined to be discriminatory, resolved in accordance with law and the district's uniform complaint procedures specified in AR 1312.3. If, during the investigation, it is determined that a complaint is about nondiscriminatory bullying, the principal or designee shall inform the complainant and shall take all necessary actions to resolve the complaint.

If the Superintendent or designee believes it is in the best interest of a student who has been the victim of an act of bullying, as defined in Education Code 48900, the Superintendent or designee shall advise the student's parents/guardians that the student may transfer to another school.  If the parents/guardians of a student who has been the victim of an act of bullying requests a transfer for the student pursuant to Education Code 46600, the Superintendent or designee shall allow the transfer in accordance with law and district policy on intradistrict or interdistrict transfer, as applicable.

Any employee who permits or engages in bullying or retaliation related to bullying shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.
 
Policy YUBA CITY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: July 23, 2019 Yuba City, California
revised: August 25, 2020
For Athletic Title IX Concerns Contact

For Athletic Title IX Concerns Contact

Brian Brown
Director of Student Affairs
530-822-5200 x-10500
CDE Compiled Resources- Bullying Prevention Training & Resources

CDE Compiled Resources- Bullying Prevention Training & Resources

The California Department of Education compiled a list of resources that provide support to youths and their families who have been subjected to school-based discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.  Click here to view.
For All Other Title IX Concerns Contact

For All Other Title IX Concerns Contact

Michael Reed
Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
530-822-5200 x-10400