School Resource Office Discusses Cyber Bullying

Ron Powers, Jamestown Public Schools school resource officer, talks at a recent Jamestown City Council PTSA meeting about cyber bullying. Submitted photo

The Jamestown City Council PTSA recently welcomed Ron Powers, Jamestown school resource officer, who serves in the middle schools, and J.R. Buesink, Jamestown High School resource officer, to its monthly meeting to talk about cyber bullying.

Powers and Buesink talked about what cyber bullying is, recognizing the signs of cyber bullying in children, the different vehicles of cyber bullying and how they are used, tactics that students use to cyber bully and preventative measures. The officers also offered tips for parents on how to ensure that their child is not cyber bullied.

“The most important thing is that parents are involved in their child’s use of mobile devices and limit access to the vehicles of cyber bullying like cell phones or tablets,” Powers said. “Most of the cyber bullying we are seeing in the schools takes place outside of the school day and off school property. Parents and schools must work together as a team to stop cyber bullying both during school and after school hours.”

If a student, family or community member believes that a student has been the target of discrimination, harassment or bullying — including cyber bullying — they are asked to use the DASA Reporting Form for the appropriate Jamestown school at The link is on the home page under “Dignity for All Students (DASA)” and on each school’s home page.

The forms are also available in hard copy at each school’s main office. Appropriate school personnel review every report received. Those making a complaint are asked to provide as much detail as possible about the incident so that school personnel can address the concern.