Text bullying and associated problems   Johnny Beardsmore    Northampton Branch, July 2006
Session Overview <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Phones. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Statistics. </li></ul></ul><ul...
What is it? Bully Person using strength or power to coerce fear. Bullying Persecute or oppress by force or threats. OED[1]...
Mobile Phones 519 Million handsets sold in in 2003. 431.5 Million handsets sold in 2002. Dataquest[1] > 1 Million 3G hands...
Mobile Phones Cont… Cronica[1] ChildAlert[1]
Bullying “ Bullying Wrecks lives.” “ [Bullying] seriously damages children’s capacity for learning and for enjoying school...
Text Bullying “ Many young people calling ChildLine said that the use of new technology, such as SMS text messaging and em...
The Nature of the Bullying How do you bully someone by text? <ul><li>Threats of Violence </li></ul><ul><li>Racist Abuse </...
Related Problems Phone Addiction “… addictive behaviour is too strong a word for mobile phone usage by children [but there...
Related  Problems Driving Safety “ Using a mobile phone whilst driving can be more dangerous than being ‘over the limit’ b...
What can be done Parent-Child Contracts. Limited talk-time and text-time phone contracts. Talk to children, ask them.
What can be done cont… StopTextBullying top 10 tips. stoptextbyllying[1]
References oed [1]  Oxford English Dictionary stoptextbullying [1]  http://www.stoptextbullying.com mobilestati [1]  http:...
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  • Bullying can take many forms and it’s not always physical. It’s important for your child to understand that verbal attacks such as name calling, rumour spreading etc. count as bullying too. Talk to your child, explaining that whatever form it takes, they must always tell you or another trusted adult if they are being mistreated by their peers. So encourage your child to never suffer in silence, even if the bully warns them not to tell.As a way of helping everyone especially the parents, who find it quite hard to manage time, I found this great Safety Service which featured a safety app which gets me connected to a Safety Network or escalate my call to the nearest 911 when needed, it has other cool features that are helpful for your kids with just a press of a Panic Button. #SafekidZone, Check it here: http://bit.ly/ZjYchC
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  1. 1. Text bullying and associated problems Johnny Beardsmore Northampton Branch, July 2006
  2. 2. Session Overview <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Phones. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Statistics. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bullying. </li></ul><ul><li>Text Bullying. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How can it be done? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Related Problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Some Solutions. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is it? Bully Person using strength or power to coerce fear. Bullying Persecute or oppress by force or threats. OED[1] Text Bullying When someone abuses or threatens … by text, … it’s just as bad as them doing it at school or in the street. stoptextbyllying[1]
  4. 4. Mobile Phones 519 Million handsets sold in in 2003. 431.5 Million handsets sold in 2002. Dataquest[1] > 1 Million 3G handsets predicted sales in the UK in 2006. MobileStatisti[1] > 2 Million SmartPhone handsets predicted sales in the UK in 2008. MobileStatisti[1]
  5. 5. Mobile Phones Cont… Cronica[1] ChildAlert[1]
  6. 6. Bullying “ Bullying Wrecks lives.” “ [Bullying] seriously damages children’s capacity for learning and for enjoying school.” ~ Esther Rantzen Cronica[1] “ Bullying cases appear to be reported more often now than before” ~ Jacqui Smith tmcnet[1] 31,000 children called CL regarding bullying in 2005, which represents a 42% rise from the year 2003-2004 CL[1]
  7. 7. Text Bullying “ Many young people calling ChildLine said that the use of new technology, such as SMS text messaging and email, was a factor in the bullying they were experiencing” CL[1] 1 / 10 children school children have fallen victim to text bullies in Irish schools: 10.8% Boys 8.7% Girls enn[1]
  8. 8. The Nature of the Bullying How do you bully someone by text? <ul><li>Threats of Violence </li></ul><ul><li>Racist Abuse </li></ul><ul><li>General Torments </li></ul><ul><li>Hate Mail </li></ul>“… forwarding to other people pictures taken of classmates in toilets” channelnewsasia[1]
  9. 9. Related Problems Phone Addiction “… addictive behaviour is too strong a word for mobile phone usage by children [but there are] worrying signs of dependency” Childalert[1] Health Risks “… children and young people might be more venerable than others” ~ Dept. of Health Childalert[1]
  10. 10. Related Problems Driving Safety “ Using a mobile phone whilst driving can be more dangerous than being ‘over the limit’ behind the wheel, but neither is safe. Drivers' reaction times are 30 percent slower when talking on a hand-held mobile phone compared to being drunk and nearly 50 percent slower than under normal driving conditions. Using a hand-held mobile phone had the greatest impact on driving performance, but &quot;hands free&quot; mobile phones also affect drivers ” Childalert[1] Educational Development C U 2NITE = See you tonight U R GOIN L8R = You’re going later
  11. 11. What can be done Parent-Child Contracts. Limited talk-time and text-time phone contracts. Talk to children, ask them.
  12. 12. What can be done cont… StopTextBullying top 10 tips. stoptextbyllying[1]
  13. 13. References oed [1] Oxford English Dictionary stoptextbullying [1] http://www.stoptextbullying.com mobilestati [1] http://opengardensblog.futuretext.com/archives/2005/07/mobile_stati.html childalert [1] http://childalert.co.uk/absolutenm/templates/newstemplate.asp?articleid=54&zo... cronica [1] http://www.cronica.com/archives/001339.html tmcnet [1] cl [1] http://www.childline.org.uk enn [1] http://www.enn.ie/frontpage/news-9711681.html channelnewsasia [1] http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews... Dataquest[1] http://www.dataquest.com/press_gartner/quickstats/phone.html
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