Protecting Chicago's Children Initiative
Sexual Harassment in Electronic Communication
In 2020, many of our interactions take place on the internet. From remote learning to online gaming to popular apps like TikTok and Snapchat, we are constantly communicating with each other online. Because of this, there is an increased need for awareness of sexual harassment in online communication. Cyberbullying and sexual harassment can occur anywhere students interact on the internet, and can include facilitating, encouraging, offering or soliciting sexual conduct, or engaging in sexual communication with or amongst students. Learn how to identify cyberbullying as sexual harassment, and what to do if you see it.
Cyberbullying is sexual harassment when:
- Students share gossip or rumors about another student’s gender, sexuality or sexual activity.
- Students or staff make comments about a student’s body (body shaming).
- Threats or harassment concerning sexual images or information about a student are shared.
- Students who do not conform to gender stereotypes are excluded.
- Students or staff discriminate based on a student’s gender expression.
The CPS Office of Student Protections, Title IX, and Equal Opportunity Compliance (OSP) is here for you if you need support. If students, parents, guardians or members of the public need to report online sexual harassment, misconduct or related complaints to OSP, they can do so using one of the following processes:
- Online: Report Form
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 773-535-4400
- Mail/In Person: 110 N. Paulina St, Chicago, IL 60612
OSP will work with you to hear your report, investigate and create safety measures at school. OSP can also provide guidance on reporting to the police or obtaining other supports such as counseling.