Cyberbullying Is a Growing Threat in K-12 Schools. Here’s How to Stop It

This month, in conjunction with National Bullying Prevention Month, Lightspeed Systems is raising awareness about a critical issue impacting students around the world: cyberbullying. As the leader in K-12 web filtering and mobile device management, Lightspeed Systems is proud to empower IT and teachers with the tools they need to track digital learning and keep children safe.

In an independent survey conducted by Lightspeed Systems, 60.5% of a sample of parents in the United States said their children have access to laptops and mobile devices during school. 27% of parents said their children use their school-supplied devices at home.

According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, more than 20% of students report being bullied.

We know that growing up in the digital age can be tough for students — challenges with cyberbullying plague just about every school. Access to technology, such as social media and instant messaging, opens doors for digital hazing to flourish.

Our own Lightspeed IT community witnesses cyberbullying incidents first-hand as well as repercussions of cyberbullying. We turned to them to answer some critical questions in our survey: What’s the current state of cyberbullying in K-12? How has increased access to technology impacted student safety? Who is responsible for ending the cycle of bullying in schools?

K-12 IT departments are one piece of the puzzle in recognizing and taking action against cyberbullying. Parents also play a critical role, and we surveyed them in addition to gain a clear picture of this issue today.

Ready to see more of what we learned? Click here to read the study in its entirety and uncover key takeaways.

With solutions built for K-12 and compatible with every device OS, Lightspeed Systems empowers IT departments and teachers to keep students safe on their digital-learning journeys. Here are just three ways we keep our commitment to ending cyberbullying in schools:

1. Lightspeed Systems Relay allows schools to stop inappropriate behavior by identifying and remediating high-risk web activity through real-time content analyses and alerts. Set custom flagged terms to better identify phrases and words and drill into individual user activity with our intuitive UI. Learn more about this feature, and how to set it up, here.

2. Processing 2 million sites per day, Web Filter 3: Longhorn is your answer to getting the most accurate categorization of the web. Its robust database makes user activity reports accurate and comprehensive, ensuring student safety and appropriate use. Track users on-and off-campus to get a holistic picture of student device use. Learn more about Web Filter 3: Longhorn’s reporting capabilities here.

3. Give teachers access to monitor behavior during class with Classroom Orchestrator, included with every Lightspeed solution at no additional cost. Teachers may view student screens, record behavior, view URL history reports and lock devices in this easy-to-use platform. Send your teaching staff to our Teacher U so they can learn how to leverage Lightspeed solutions in their classrooms.

Not a current customer? Want to learn more about Lightspeed’s smart filtering, robust reporting and advanced threat protection features for every device? Request a demo and ask how we can help you put a stop to student cyberbullying.

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