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Supporting Anti-bullying Legislation in Colorado

Colorado has state legislation in place to bring awareness to bullying, harassment, and intimidation with the goal of creating a safe and inclusive environment for all students.

Protecting students from harassment and online dangers is vital, especially since they are using technology for online learning and to socialize. Colorado’s anti-bullying legislation helps protect students against risks both in school and online.

What is bullying?

Colorado’s anti-bullying legislation defines bullying as “any written or verbal expression, or physical or electronic act or gesture, or a pattern thereof, that is intended to coerce, intimidate, or cause any physical, mental, or emotional harm to any student. Bullying is prohibited against any student for any reason, including but not limited to any such behavior that is directed toward a student on the basis of his or her academic performance or against whom federal and state laws prohibit discrimination upon. This definition is not intended to infringe upon any right guaranteed to any person by the first amendment to the United States constitution  or to prevent the expression of any religious, political, or philosophical views.”

What does this legislation require schools to do?

Colorado school districts must establish a specific policy addressing bullying prevention and education by adopting a safe school plan and conduct and discipline code. School district policies are encouraged to address key policy and procedural elements, including, but not limited to:

  • Biennial administrations of surveys of students’ impressions of the severity of bullying in their schools;
  • Character building;
  • Designation of a team of persons at each school of the school district who advise the school administration concerning the severity and frequency of bullying incidents that occur in the school;
  • Statements regarding appropriate disciplinary consequences for bullying or retaliatory actions against students who report bullying incidents; and
  • Requirements for how the conduct and discipline code must be publicized.

School districts are required to annually report to the Department of Education the number of conduct and discipline code violations, including the number of incidents of bullying and other behavior that creates a threat of physical harm to the student or to other students.

In Colorado, the School Bullying Prevention and Education Grant (BPEG) is a state-funded program designed to reduce the frequency of student bullying by providing support to help schools implement evidence-based bullying prevention best practices, include families in their efforts, and adopt effective policies on bullying prevention and education. Results from their 2018-19 survey found that students in BPEG schools had reported experiencing bullying 33% less than the previous year.

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 tools that 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 experiences – whether it’s taking place in school or remotely at home.

 

  • ‘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.
  • 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.
  • Use 1:1 chat and group messaging tools in real time to help teachers quickly and easily interact with students.
  • Help requests let students reach out to get assistance, making it easy for all students to get support, if needed.

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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