HIB Policies (Harassment / Intimidation / Bullying)
Many schools and other organizations, especially organizations for minors, have recently adopted Harassment/Intimidation/Bullying (HIB) policies to protect those under their charge. Legislation has also made it mandatory that organizations take immediate action if a violation is reported or witnessed by a responsible adult. That action includes an investigation of the facts. With the prevalence of electronic mobile communication devices and the ever changing landscape of installed “social networking” applications, it may be difficult for Administrators to conduct a truly comprehensive investigation. An investigation performed by a digital forensics expert can identify various communication channels between the parties and can often recover data that has been deleted. Text messages, e-mails, photographs and chats can be recovered from most of the latest smart devices and presented to the appropriate Administrator or school investigator. In addition, utilizing an independent investigator insulates Administrators and the organization’s personnel from claims of bias, favoritism and liability should the matter become a legal issue. Further, it protects the organization from inadvertently disclosing personal information or exposure to contraband (child pornography).
For parents and guardians, while school investigative personnel (HIB Coordinators) may have your child’s best interest at heart, there may be reasons that you deem appropriate to conduct an independent investigation of your child’s mobile or communication device. An independent investigation protects the personal information located on your child’s devices and eliminates the inadvertent disclosure of private/personal data to school officials. In addition, an independent forensic investigator will only disclose his/her findings to you, as the parent of the child.