Cyberbullying or online bullying is bullying through digital communication. The California Department of Education defines it as being “willful and involves recurring or repeated harm inflicted through electronic text.”
Examples of cyberbullying include sending texts or posting tweets or Facebook posts that are hurtful to another person. This can include threats, hate-motivated speech or insults. Sending repeated unwanted emails to someone can be a form of cyberbullying. In some cases, cyberbullies may assume an identity of a victim for the purpose of embarrassing that person.
Reporting Bullying and Cyberbullying in SRVUSD
The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is committed to protecting students and preventing discrimination on our campuses. SRVUSD believes that our students have the right to be free of bullying, intimidation and harassment while on any of our campuses or associated with any school/district related activity. In accordance with these beliefs and commitments, SRVUSD has adopted Board Policy 5145.3
All students, employees, parents and community members should report incidents of suspected bullying immediately. If you witness or suspect bullying, please complete the following fillable form and immediately forward to the school principal. An investigation will be conducted to determine if bullying occurred and corrective action needed.
“Bullying” is defined as: physical, verbal, nonverbal or written conduct that is so severe and pervasive that it affects a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an education program or activity; creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensive educational environment; has the effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with a student’s academic performance; or otherwise adversely affects a student’s educational opportunities.