Cyber Safety Guide for Parents and Educators

GrahamHartkePresenter:  Graham Hartke, Psy.D.
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Dr. Hartke covered not only the how cyber bullying occurs but how to monitor the risky behavior that is being used in the online world. He presented strategies on how to limit these behaviors and possibly reduce exposure.



  1. NJCTS says:

    Are there any statistics about the effectiveness of these current anti bullying campaigns? It seems that the problem is growing not diminishing?

    • Dr.Hartke says:

      Great question re: the effectiveness of current anti- bullying campaigns. There have been many studies of bullying prevention programs that have shown they can be effective at reducing bullying (one well known bullying researcher to check out is Dan Olweus). There have also been studies showing that some anti-bullying programs have not been very effective. In general, effective anti-bullying campaigns tend to be those that are part of school-wide comprehensive programs which promote social-emotional competence and a positive school climate. Anti-bullying campaigns conducted in the absence of these broader SEL programs and a positive school climate are less likely to be successful.

  2. NJCTS says:

    Do you think the instant gratification and notice people get from face book and other similar sites emboldens them to excessively bad behavior?

    • Dr.Hartke says:

      The (instant) attention people receive on facebook can be very rewarding for an individual. This attention can certainly reinforce the bad behavior.

  3. NJCTS says:

    If a child has experienced bullying and the decision is made to change schools, what are the top 5 things the parent should do at the new school.

    • Dr.Hartke says:

      To answer generally, without knowing specifics it could be helpful to meet with key school faculty members such as teachers, administrators, counselors, and the school nurse to discuss concerns and available supports in advance. School counseling, new student orientation, involvement in positive social activities/clubs, assigning a school “buddy”, and peer mentoring also could help with the transition.

  4. NJCTS says:

    What is the name of the program Dr. Hartke mentioned that you can send text messages from other numbers? A student had this issue in my school and we are interested in further information when presenting the HIB case to the BOE.

    • Dr.Hartke says:

      There are several different apps and websites that allow you to call or text as someone else. It is generally called “spoofing.” So if you do a search for those key words you will find some specific names. Spoofing can be a tricky process to pull off, but people find ways around security measures.

  5. NJCTS says:

    Do you have a chart or intake form or questionnaire to be used when taking a cyber inventory with your child?

    • Dr.Hartke says:

      I have created some charts that are based on the categories on slide 17. I like to keep it simple and keep track of hardware, software-content, accounts, and access points.