Coronavirus, Online Learning, Social Isolation, and Cyberbullying

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken the world by storm and disrupted so many aspects of our lives. As an educator, I’m always thinking about how historical phenomenon might affect (in positive and negative ways) the personal and professional success of our students and this disease has me concerned on a number of levels. Obviously, the safety of our children and their families is our first priority. My university was quick to mandate that professors move all instruction and interaction online, and we know by now that most universities across America have done the same. School districts as well have followed en masse. This is absolutely the right thing to do. But I was just talking with my colleague Randy Ross over at the National School Climate Center about how there will likely be some unintended consequences here which merit our attention and response.

Here are three important considerations, followed by my suggestions. I welcome your own ideas; we’re all in this together and our foresight and preventive efforts may do a world of good in safeguarding not just the physical health of the students under our care, but also their emotional and psychological health. READ MORE