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Supporting Anti-Bullying Laws in Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s state legislation brings awareness to bullying and cyberbullying with the goal of creating a safe learning environment for all students.

Today’s students use technology more now than ever before for online learning and socializing, which is why it’s vital that schools ensure students are safe online. In Oklahoma, the School Safety and Bullying Prevention Act addresses bullying and cyberbullying in schools to help prevent instances in schools and districts.

What is bullying?

Bullying can take on many forms, but often includes an imbalance of power, intent to cause harm, and repetitive incidents. As defined by the Oklahoma School Safety and Bullying Prevention Act, bullying is recognized as:

“Harassment, intimidation, and bullying means any gesture, written or verbal expression, electronic communication, or physical act that a reasonable person should know will harm another student, damage another student’s property, place another student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or damage to the student’s property, or insult or demean any student or group of students in such a way as to disrupt or interfere with the school’s educational mission or the education of any student.”

“Threatening behavior means any pattern of behavior or isolated action, whether or not it is directed at another person, that a reasonable person would believe indicates potential for future harm to students, school personnel, or school property.”

Oklahoma’s legislation requires school districts to adopt policies including:

  • Procedures for reporting and investigations, including procedures for reporting to local law enforcement.
  • Statements of consequences for violation of the policy.
  • Statements of how the policy will be publicized within the district.
  • Procedures for notifying the parents or guardians for a victim and the parents or guardians of a perpetrator.
  • Designation of the school official responsible for enforcing the policy.
  • Requirements for annual training of administrators and school employees.
  • Provisions for educational programming for students and parents in preventing, identifying, responding to and reporting incidents of bullying.
  • Procedures for referral to delinquency prevention and diversion programs for students who bullying; disciplinary consequences and remedial actions for persons who commit acts of bullying, strategies for providing counseling or referral to appropriate services for both targets and perpetrators, and family members affected by bullying.
  • Procedures for documenting and reporting the number of bullying incidents.

Education solutions that support this law

Find out how our education solutions support this law, helping to create a safer online environment for all students.

NetSupport School – In-school classroom management

For over 32 years, NetSupport School is the market-leading multi-platform Classroom Management software solution for schools, supporting teachers with a wealth of assessment, monitoring, collaboration and eSafety features – to support effective learning in a safe environment.

 

  • Authorized/restricted website and application lists can ensure students are focused and help minimize student distraction and access to inappropriate content.
  • Monitor students’ current Internet use by viewing real-time thumbnails of their PCs to ensure they are on task – plus, teachers can create a record of Internet history use to be printed or saved for later reference.
  • Real-time keyboard monitoring provides a simple view of each active student and their current keyboard input – a crucial aspect in detecting e-safety issues and can be used to identify inappropriate behavior.
  • Teachers can show their screen or a student’s screen to demonstrate positive digital interactions while promoting appropriate technology use, helping to create good digital citizens.
  • Student feedback mode allows teachers to gauge students’ wellbeing and get insight into whether they need extra support.
  • The Technician Console allows schools to apply ‘always on’ internet, application, printing policies and more.

classroom.cloud - Online teaching and learning

classroom.cloud provides a range of features to help teachers manage and control online class behavior (helping to keep students focused and safe), plus a set of simple yet effective teaching tools to support engaging and meaningful learning – whether it’s taking place in school or remotely at  home. 

 

  • Teachers can show their screen to demonstrate positive digital interactions while promoting appropriate technology use, helping to create good digital citizens.
  • Monitor students’ screens to see what they’re typing and who they’re collaborating with in real time to ensure they’re on task and remain focused on the lesson.
  • ‘Allowed’ and ‘restricted’ website/application lists help teachers provide a safe learning environment by ensuring students can only access relevant websites and are shielded from unsuitable content during lesson time.
  • Keyword monitoring (powered by over 14,000 phrases covering a range of eSafety topics) helps to provide insight into trending issues – plus, schools and districts can also add their own keywords. 
  • Word cloud of trending topics  helps teachers to quickly spot trends and identify potential risks – with detailed reporting to further protect students.
  • Identify and support vulnerable students with the contextual intelligence Risk Index. This assesses the context and history of a student’s current activities (the device used, time of day, websites visited, and applications used) and considers them alongside any previous alerts they may have triggered.
  • Keeping track of events  is super easy, as all new events are flagged as being ‘new’ and progress can be marked to ensure all supporting staff are aware.
  • Choose your monitoring settings  to reduce false alarms by excluding certain applications and websites (including Microsoft Teams) from being monitored to focus on more high-risk areas.
  • Keeping things super secure  is a breeze with two levels of staff access to ensure only authorized users have access and control over online safety settings.
  • Set monitoring hours to specify when students are being monitored, for example, only during school hours, at all times when using their school devices, or only on the school network.

NetSupport DNA – IT Management with school-wide eSafety

In addition to providing IT Management tools, NetSupport DNA also includes a built-in internet safety toolkit as standard to help enhance schools’ internet safety policies. It provides the tools needed to identify students at risk, prevent them being exposed to inappropriate online content, encourage greater digital citizenship, and fulfil a school’s internet safety duties – all in line with ISTE guidance.

 

  • Keyword and phrase monitoring tool allows schools to quickly gain insights into what students are typing, searching for, or copying online – and it’s available in multiple language packs.
  • Innovative word cloud helps to easily highlight trending topics across the school – while appropriate staff are alerted through email, real-time pop-ups or summary reports, prompting them to review the triggered event.
  • Contextual intelligence-based Risk Index automatically flags high-risk events and vulnerable students, creating a risk index number for each event, based on sophisticated contextual intelligence risk analysis.
  • History of Concerns’ is available to help identify students that were flagged as vulnerable or at-risk, ensuring they have extra support.
  • Report a concern allows students to reach out for support in confidence to a teacher they trust, and teachers can also add any concerns they have about a student.
  • Age-appropriate Internet monitoring tools ensure students are using the Internet properly with age-appropriate profiles – creating a safer Internet with parameters to allow students the flexibility to learn about the online world in safety.
  • Apps and games can also be blocked or restricted to help schools add an extra layer of security and keep students on task. The application metering reports reveal application use, helping to ensure usage complies with school policy.
  • Cloud-based online safety console allows staff to access key information and alerts from triggers across the school’s local network while on the go.

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