February 19, 2007
The threat from a bully can often ruin the learning environment for many students.
The Albemarle County Public School system is working to delete cyber-bullying from its student roster. On a day when the students were off, the teachers were the ones in class.
Students of all Albemarle County schools got Monday off from class because it was their teacher's turn to hit the books.
Amy Kirn with I-Safe, Incorporated taught the educators ways to keep their students safe from online bullies.
The federally funded program gives the educators ideas on informing their students of what not to do when logging onto the internet.
"All of those behaviors, from illegally downloading music, talking with people they don't know, sharing personal information, and being disrespectful and harassing other people online," said Amy Kirn of I-Safe, Incorporated.
Schools in Albemarle County have formed anti-bullying committees, conducted surveys, interventions, and even changed their rules on how to deal with the problem.
Fourth-grade teacher Terry Levinson feels prepared enough to protect her students.
"I think I do have the information to deal with that better than I did before I came in, and also know it is a good resource to go to find our more information to help me," said Fourth-grade Broadus Wood Elementary School Teacher Terry Levinson.
Ray Cairnes of Albemarle High School hopes to simulate the dangers on internet use, so his students will know exactly what is out there.
"For what internet predator, or situation could occur on the internet that students could get themselves into, so they would be aware, and know this is something they would want to avoid," said Ray Cairnes of Albemarle High School.