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Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Sexting: School Counselors’ Perceptions and Roles in Intervention
Tracy M. Steele, Carolyn B. Stone, and Elizabeth J. Meyer
This study examined school counselors’ perceptions of bullying, cyberbullying, and sexting and their reported involvement in intervention. The correlation of policy and professional training on incidence level is discussed. Findings from the study reveal that over two thirds of school counselors surveyed report bullying to be a problem at their school. Cyberbullying is indicated as even more of a problem than bullying at the middle and high school levels. Close to one third of school counselors surveyed at the middle school and high school levels report sexting to be a problem. Wide variation in counselors’ roles in the intervention process is reported. Implications for schools, counselors, and counselor educators are discussed.
Keywords: bullying, cyberbullying, sexting, counseling