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Why Is Responsible Use of Technology So Important?

We previously reported that, as part of Colchester School District’s ongoing efforts around bullying prevention and responsible use of technology, administrators at Colchester High School invited Dr. Sameer Hinduja to conduct three separate presentations about cyberbullying and related issues.

Dr. Hinduja is an internationally recognized expert in cyberbullying and safe social networking, collaborating with the US Department of Education and many state departments of education to improve policies and programming concerning teen misuse of technology. He is also an associate professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University and a codirector of the Cyberbullying Research Center.

At the recent assembly, he addressed students about the importance of online reputations and the use and misuse of social networking through such avenues as Facebook, focusing upon the long-term negative implications stemming from careless Internet use. You can watch a brief video clip of Dr. Hinduja’s presentation to CHS students here.

In a separate presentation, Dr. Hinduja addressed educators about cyberbullying—how it impacts teens, prevention strategies, and policy implementation and enforcement recommendations. He also offered a community presentation providing an overview of cyberbullying and social networking sites as well as strategies for how to identify, prevent, and respond to issues stemming from them.

The Cyberbullying Research Center is an excellent resource with many free, downloadable materials. Numerous other resources explaining and promoting online safety, especially as related to students, are available online. Net Cetera is a great resource, as is the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) issue brief for educators and caregivers about electronic media and youth violence.

For questions or comments, please e-mail Assistant Principal Justin Brown ( or call (802) 264-5700.

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