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Cyberbullying: Tips for Educators

About the Author: Patti Agatston, Ph.D.

Dr. Agatston is co-author of the book, Cyber Bullying: Bullying in the Digital Age with Robin Kowalski, Ph.D., and Susan Limber, Ph.D. and has co-authored a chapter for the book, Expert Perspectives in Cyberbullying. She is also co-author of the Cyber Bullying Curriculum for Grades 6–12 and the Cyber Bullying Prevention Curriculum for Grades 3-5. Dr. Agatston is a certified trainer and technical assistance consultant for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. She has been quoted in articles on cyber bullying in The Washington Post, CNET news, Time Magazine, and the Christian Science Monitor. She has appeared on CNN as well as other local and national radio and television programs to discuss cyber bullying and other youth online risky behavior. She was a participant in the CDC’s Expert Panel on Electronic Media and Youth Violence, and the CDC’s Expert Panel on Youth Involvement in Bullying and Suicide-Related Behaviors. She has presented nationally and internationally on bullying, cyber bullying, and digital citizenship. Dr. Agatston is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Prevention Specialist with the Cobb County School District’s Prevention/Intervention Center in Marietta, Georgia. She serves on the Board of Directors for the International Bullying Prevention Association and Connect Safely.

Cyberbullying Resources

Cyberbullying – Federal website

Cyberbullying Help - Offers resources on cyberbullying from three researchers and authors in the field of bullying.

Cyberbullying Reseach Center - This website serves as a clearinghouse of information concerning the ways adolescents use and misuse technology. It is intended to be a resource for parents, educators, law enforcement officers, counselors, and others who work with youth. Here you will find facts, figures, and detailed stories from those who have been directly impacted by online aggression. In addition, the site includes numerous resources to help you prevent and respond to cyberbullying incidents.

The Cyberbullying Research Center is directed by Dr. Sameer Hinduja (Florida Atlantic University) and Dr. Justin Patchin (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire). They have been studying cyberbullying since 2002 and first launched this web site in 2005. They founded the Center as a means to further their mission of bringing sound research about cyberbullying to those who can benefit most from it.

Electronic Aggression (Cyberbullying) Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Find resources including podcasts, print materials and links to other centers focusing on cyberbullying.

National Crime Prevention Council - Cyberbullying - Offers resources and links for addressing cyberbullying.


Bullying, Peer Harassment and Civil Rights

Some student misconduct that falls under a school’s anti-bullying policy may also trigger responsibilities under one or more of the federal discrimination laws enforced by the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

Bullying, Peer Harassment and Civil Rights Resources

Office of Civil Rights - Dear Colleague Letters

Bullying and Harassment of Students with Disabilities (PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center)

Bullying and LGBT Youth (

Bullying is a Civil Rights Issue (Teaching Tolerance)

Student Bullying: Overview of Research, Federal Initiatives, and Legal Issues


Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Schools

About the Author: Nate Monson

Nate Monson leads Iowa Safe Schools where he has been Executive Director since 2007. He is a well known voice in Iowa on issues related to LGBTQ youth and school climate issues. He speaks annually to many colleges/universities, schools, corporations, and community organizations. Nate serves his community with involvement in various organizations including being a member of the LGBT Health Initiative, Lifeworks DM board member, and a member of the Iowa Department of Education's Learning Supports Advisory Team. Previously, Nate was appointed to the Iowa Department of Human Rights Board by Governor Chet Culver, and served as Secretary of the Clarke University Alumni Board.

Nate graduated from Clarke University in 2007 with a BA in History.

In his role at Iowa Safe Schools, Nate works to lead the organization's strategic plan, development efforts, organization of the Annual Iowa Governors Conference on LGBTQ Youth, and creation of programming efforts.

Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Schools Resources

Bullying and LGBT Youth (

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) - Helpful resources in supporting LGQTQ youth and their allies.

LGBT Youth (Stop Bullying Now) - Understanding and supporting LGBTQ youth around bullying, school safety and climate.

Youth Who Are Bullied Based upon Perceptions About Their Sexual Orientation (Violence Prevention Works!)

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 27, 2015 at 7:41pm.