- 52% of LGBTQ youth between the ages of 11 and 22 reported having been the targets of cyberbullying several times (Blumenfeld and Cooper, 2012)
- 55.5% of LGBTQ students across the United States felt unsafe at school based on their sexual identity (GLSEN, National School Climate Survey, 2015)
This data makes it clear that our students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth are particularly vulnerable to bullying, discrimination, and abuse. The way we use digital tools to communicate also makes them vulnerable to cyberbullying.
This is why my work with ConnectSafely.org is so important to me. While I can make an immediate impact in my school by working with our teachers and students everyday, it is my hope that some of my contributions to ConnectSafely can have a broader impact nationwide. I'm proud of our new guide.
Specifically, you can look for advice and expertise on:
- The benefits and risks of online interactions for LGBTQ youth.
- How parents can support their children before, during, and after they experience cyberbullying.
- The importance of sustained positive school culture to support students.
- TONS of action items and resources to help schools figure out what to do next.
- A review of legal protections and case law.
- A section specifically directed at children and teens to help them learn to protect themselves from and cope with cyberbullying if necessary.