Showing posts with label cyberbully. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cyberbully. Show all posts

Friday, March 31, 2023

SEPAC Workshop: MA Anti-Bullying Law - IEP and Schoolwide Strategies to Prevent Bullying of Students - May 11, 2023

This workshop will address the significant changes in special education practice that are a result of the state’s anti- bullying prevention law, focusing on both school-wide efforts to create safe and supportive school environments for students with disabilities and statutory provisions that require IEP Teams to address bullying of students with disabilities.

Date :  Thursday, May 11th
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Virtual (on Zoom)

More about Franklin SEPAC visit their page -> 

SEPAC Workshop: MA Anti-Bullying Law - IEP and Schoolwide Strategies to Prevent Bullying of Students - May 11, 2023
SEPAC Workshop: MA Anti-Bullying Law - IEP and Schoolwide Strategies to Prevent Bullying of Students - May 11, 2023

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Polito, Roy tout a team effort to provide better legal alternatives for teen sexting

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Dozens of students appeared Monday night at Franklin High School for Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito’s discussion about “sexting.” 
Sexting is becoming more prevalent and more damaging to underaged people, Polito emphasized. 
But legislation filed by state Rep. Jeff Roy, D-Franklin, and Polito would help protect children from the harmful effects of the transmission of explicit images by modernizing the laws to reflect the realities of cyber-bullying. 
Franklin police officer Paul Guarino has been working to mitigate the practice. He said during the discussion that about 80 percent of students have either sent or received nude photos of another student, many of whom are underage."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

According to my notes of the event on Monday, the social media campaign mentioned by the MDN reporter and attributed to Lt Governor Polito is called "Respectfully". The campaign will use Instagram and SnapChat to deliver 20-30 second video messages to target 7-8th graders and 9-10th graders. The message will present a potentially abusive situation and provide an alternative for a more respectful treatment of the individual to promote healthy relationships. 

The campaign is NOT directly connected to the proposed sexting legislation working its way through the process. When the campaign is released, we'll share examples of it.

3 months ago Lt Gov Polito also mentioned the upcoming campaign separately from the re-filing of the sexting legislation.

Rep Jeff Roy, Lt Gov Karyn Polito at FHS on Monday to address teen sexting
Rep Jeff Roy, Lt Gov Karyn Polito at FHS on Monday to address teen sexting

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

FTC Consumer Alerts: Let's talk about cyberbullying

Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission
by Ari Lazarus
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

Last week, the FTC joined several other agencies and the First Lady for an important conversation about cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying is a tough subject for both parents and educators. That's why most of our materials are built around having conversations, in small doses, and in your own language.

Here are some easy ways to start these conversations:
Read more

This is a free service provided by the Federal Trade Commission.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

"Are Your Kids Addicted To Their Phones? 'Screenagers' Wants to Help"

"Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults canempower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance."

SCREENAGERS (Official Trailer) from Delaney Ruston on Vimeo.

More info can be found on their webpage

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Annual Parent Info Night - Anti Bullying - Mar 29, 6:30 PM

  • What is bullying and what is not bullying under the law?
  • When is student behavior bullying and when is it developmentally typical behavior?
  • What are school district requirements and obligations under the law?
  • What information are school districts able to share with you about their bullying
  • investigations?
  • What are student support and safety plans?
  • What is the role of law enforcement?
  • How can parents and school personnel work together to address instances of bullying
  • and support positive student behavior?

These topics and more will be addressed by Attorney Paige Tobin from Murphy, Lamere and Murphy Law Firm

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

6:30 P.M.

FHS Lecture Hall

This was shared from the Franklin Schools webpage

Community entrance to FHS
Community entrance to FHS

Thursday, January 21, 2016

"The best way to protect your kids online? Talk to them"

"The best way to protect your kids online? Talk to them. Research suggests that when children want important information, most rely on their parents."

The net cetera booklet can be found here or here

net cetera - chatting with kids about being online
net cetera - chatting with kids about being online

In advance of National Data Privacy Day, January 28th, we'll share some tips, tricks and other resources to be safe online.

"Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data, and Enabling Trust" is the theme for Data Privacy Day

“Brain training” with Lumosity — does it really work?
"Let’s set the record straight. Playing Lumosity’s games might make you better at those games, the FTC says, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will sharpen your memory or brain power in the real-world. And those testimonials from satisfied customers? Many were from people who were offered prizes to say good things about Lumosity, and that wasn’t made clear. According to the FTC, that’s deceptive."

OnGuard Online

Protecting your Privacy

Stop Think Connect

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Helping Your Kids Navigate Social Media And Cyberbullying - Feb 1

You are invited to join representatives from the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center with a presentation for parents regarding online safety to be held at the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School on Monday, February 1st at 7pm

The event is free and open to the public, we hope you can join us.


The MARC Parent and community education evenings feature presentations that are more tailored to the individual needs and wants of the community. The presentation involves both an easy-to-understand update on typical online activities of children, internet safety (including cyberbullying), and how parents can work with their children and their schools in both bullying and cyberbullying situations.

The emphasis will be on practical, concrete knowledge, and how parents do not need to be computer experts to become more aware of how to help their children navigate the online world safely. It is also imperative that parents understand how to approach schools for help effectively and how to assist school administrators in resolving bullying situations.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Hopkinton Middle School Lipdub 2013 (video)

Many people got into helping Hopkinton Middle School put together this lip dub of Lady Gaga's "I Was Born this Way". The MetroWest Health Foundation provided some funding for bullying prevention to the district.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Anti-Bullying Training


Good Afternoon

The Franklin Public Schools, in collaboration with MARC (Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University) is holding an Anti-Bullying Training on September 19th at 6:30 P.M. at the Mercer Auditorium at Horace Mann Middle School.  The presenter is Dr. Elizabeth Englander.  The training is open to adults, faculty and community members.

To see the flyer, click here:

or go to the district web site under District News.
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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Thursday, July 21, 2011

"cyberbullying feels like something they can't get away from"

While the foundation sponsors surveys every two years among the region's middle and high schools, it had never before asked its consultant to look at overlap between categories - in this case students who reported mental health problems and those who identified themselves as bullying victims. 
The prompt, Donham said, is a lingering perception among some parents - and even a few teachers - that bullying is something students usually work their way through, more an obnoxious rite of childhood than a serious danger. 
There have also been questions about why the foundation is treating bullying as a health issue deserving grant money, and questions about whether bullying is a classroom issue when much of the harassment takes place off school grounds.
But the data show a clear picture of mental health harm likely to impede learning, harm that includes stress, symptoms of depression, self-injury, serious consideration of suicide - and even attempted suicide, among roughly 578 students.
"I think that's alarming," Donham said of the suicide numbers. "I think that warrants some looking at."

Read more:

Another report, another view, this time from the Boston Globe:

Sharply contrasting findings, from a Globe survey of the state’s 10 largest school systems, casts light on a lingering controversy over the Massachusetts law: What, if anything, should schools report about bullying among their students to authorities at the district or state level?
Read more at the Boston Globe.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Wired Teens - Good Netiquette

The Wired Teens group from Sullivan Middle School developed this set of tips on passwords and good netiquette.

Wired Teens Summer Reminders

Friday, May 20, 2011

Lady Gaga on bullying

What's this?

Lady Gaga - what's she got to do with Franklin?

Listen, no one is immune to bullying and its lasting effects

Thanks to Steve Garfield for the pointer to this clip.


Franklin, MA

Thursday, February 24, 2011


Representatives from Franklin's Teenangels testified before Attny General Martha Coakley at a hearing on the progress of the anti-bullying legislation:

From Lisa Keohane, local mentor to the Teenangels chapter:
One item that was not written in the article was that Parry Aftab presented the kids with the "Teenangel Chapter of the Year" award at the hearing in front of Attorney General Coakley. The kids are soo excited. This was the first time in 6 years that this award has been given to a chapter other than the New Rochelle, NY chapter.

Prior posts on the Teenangels

Franklin, MA

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Live reporting - Discussion only items

3. Discussion Only Items

A) - Policy – Second Reading
o GBEBA/JIA Staff Research Policy
Mullen - no additional info at this time

B) - Anti-Bullying Plan
approximately 20 comments from the public
a couple of areas of interest, minor tweaks or suggestions

no additional comments from the committee

the plan will go to the policy subcommittee which will draft a policy for review and acceptance by June 30th

C) - Child Nutrition Bill Task Force
Based upon the recent legislation just signed into law
to form a task force, to evaluate the legislation and make a determination on how it would be implemented

Glynn to chair task force, Trahan volunteered to work on this, as did Roy
Sabolinski - this would dovetail nicely with the nutrition work done previously

D) - Budget Workshop
Jan 29th, 8:30 AM - noon
an opportunity to discuss in greater detail the school budget and the budget process
provide a brief overview of the budget at the beginning

comments open for suggestions up until Jan 14th

Cafasso - enjoy having the principals there, they should not feel that they have to sugar coat anything, we need them to be honest, ideal situations, not just 'ideal'. We are going backwards for so long on the budget, it would be good to come away with some honest assessments of what we should be striving for. What are priorities? When the time comes?

Glynn - What I'd like to see is to go through the budget as you outlined, and a what if scenario. What would you define as a good plan and what would it cost us to get there? It would not be an optimal plan, not a Wellesley.

Trahan - we need to keep in front of us where we would like to be, we were on a 'good to great track', what would it look like?

Mullen - What level of detail are you looking for?
Glynn - more or less high level categories, based upon the student teacher ratio what would it look like?

Sabolinski - I can through a number out right now, we need 63 million.
Roy - the number at that time was 64 million three years ago, it would not surprise me to have it north of 70 million in today values

Roy - if we were to update the 'good to great' numbers, that might be something that would answer your questions

E) - Innovative learning models
Glynn, this idea came from some session at the recent conference I attended
an example of a program where high school students were taking courses and getting college credit for them
distracted learning, life long learning, online courses, what would we be looking at
maybe formalize this process a little more

Soblinski - we have a number of different programs going at the high school, we should include them in this, along with some union leadership to look

Roy/Sabolinski - Task Force or Study Group, study group being a broader group, bringing in different stake holders as necessary, put the information together

Co-Chair of study group - Glynn and Sabolinski

Franklin, MA