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School Climate Perception: Examining Differences Between School Counselors and Victims of Cyberbullying
Megan M. Day, Lindsay R. Jarvis, Charmaine D. Caldwell, and Teddi J. Cunningham
School climate defines how members of a school’s community perceive the atmosphere of a school, specifically regarding whether or not students and employees feel safe at school, feel comfortable and at ease at school, feel that a learning atmosphere is supported, and can sense whether or not trust and concern for students are discernible. Indications were that perceptions of the quality of the school climate may differ among members of the school community. School counselors were surveyed to determine if there were variances of perception of school climate. Results revealed distinct disparities between school counselors’ and cyberbullying victims’ attitudes toward the quality of their school climate. Discussion includes survey results, suggestions for the role the school counselor could take in creating an optimal school climate, and suggestions for further research.
Keywords: cyberbullying, school climate, school counselor, perception of school climate, Georgia, harassment