WHAT IS CYBER BULLYING? "Cyber bullying" is when a child, preteen or teen istormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarra ssed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones.
Situational AnalysisIt is only called cyber bullying when instigated by a minor. Once done byan adult it turns into cyber stalking or cyber harassment.Methods are limited only by the childs imagination and access totechnology.A cyber bully one moment may become the victim the next.Students often go from victim to bully and back again. • Sexual harassment, verbal abuse, public humiliation, rape and death are all examples of what can be followed afterwards. (http://www.stopcyber bullying.org/what_is_cyber bullying_exactly.html)
Statistics In a random sampling of 10-18 year olds in a large school district in 2010, nearly 20% reported having been cyber bullied at some point in their life and 7.5% responded they had been bullied within the previous thirty days. A 2008 study of children in grades 4-8 found that 42% had been bullied while online and that one in four had it happen more than once. A recent study showed that 81% of cyber bullies think that it’s funny. Other responses indicated that nearly all cyber bullies think it’s no big deal.
Primary Audience Teens They must know the definition and effects of cyber bullying to then know which steps to take should they find themselves in this situation. Parents With children as key targets, they too should be knowledgeable of cyber bullying and monitor their children’s usage of the internet. Teachers Avoid ignoring the obvious tell-tale signs; be vigilant of odd behavior exhibited by their students, and provide guidance and support to them. Social Networking Sites Educational purposes as children use them to build names for themselves/reputation.
Case Tyler Clementi (18) was a Rutgers student who hadn’t made his homosexuality public. On September 19, 2010 he was videotaped having intercourse with another male student in his dorm by Clementi’s roommate, Dharun Ravi, and friend, Molly Wei. Ravi posted this encounter twice via Twitter and said “Roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into Mollys room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay." And “Anyone with iChat, I dare you to video chat me between the hours of 9:30 and 12. Yes its happening again." They were charged with 2 counts of invasion of privacy. Clementi put his suicide note as his Facebook status. It read “jumping off the gw bridge sorry”. http://abcnews.go.com/US/victim-secret-dorm-sex-tape-commits- suicide/story?id=11758716#.TsSo90OInqE
The Goal Keep yourself constantly Raise awareness reminded of your goals by reviewing them at a specific to lower the rising time each day. Write down all goals in a notebook, or store rate of suicidal them in computer software. deaths among Check your current teenagers. progress, understand what you did to move it forward, find out what else you still need to do. One of the easiest ways to track your goals is to see how much time you spend on them. The longer we spend on cyber bullying the more we will know how we are doing with it.
Strategies and Tactics Strateg y2 Strategy 3 Leverage 3rd Seek face-to-face opportunities to Strategy 1 party inform community leaders about cyber partnerships bullying Extend media outreach for broader impact and technology to add credibility Tactic 1 Tactic 2 Tactic 1 City Council Reach out to and Duval middle/high Create media school kits for local County SchoolTactic 1 Tactic 2 Tactic 3 Board-organize administrators- LGBT construct school Build Community organizations meetings/news PSAs assemblies withFacebook & outreach i.e. and other conference to adcouncil.org implement guest speakers,Twitter page special events known groups. student pledges, UNF, wiredkids. teacher awareness and pamphlets for org admin, teachers training anti- bullying and parents policies involve IT depths in school with computers for cyber safety
Taking Community Action Educators: Youth sign internet safety pledge promising not to cyber bully. Establish anti-cyber bullying policies in school. Law Enforcement: Stay up-to-date on cyber safety issues and laws. Learn technology teen use and network sites visited. Speak with educators, parents, and students to promote cyber safety. Talk to school officials about creating an enforceable anti cyber bullying policies on school grounds. Community Leaders: Organize a cyber safety forum or community discussion. Sponsor an internet safety awareness day for kids to learn about safe internet use. Provide information to parents, educators, law enforcement officers on how teens use the internet, what websites teens frequently visit, how to contact site moderators and ISPs if teens are cyber bullied. Also when to contact law enforcement. Work with school technology depths to assure teens are being cyber safe.
SolutionsWhen schools try to get involved by disciplining a student for cyber bullyingactions that took place off-campus and outside of school hours, they are oftensued for exceeding their authority and violating the students free speech right.They also often lose. However, schools can still be helpful in preventing cyber bullying: • Educate those at an early age against bullying. • Teach the law and right from wrong. • Schools end at 3, but the internet is available 24/7.There are only three states without an anti-bullying law •South Dakota, Michigan and Montana (http://www.bullypolice.org/)It all starts in the home. Teaching children early on that bullying is wrong willdecrease the chance of them being a bully. •Leading by example and watching what is said around kids and the message parent’s show.
Community OutreachSet up 2-3 focus groups in order to evaluate general knowledge of thepopulation in the area - How do you feel about cyber bullying? -What could be some ways to help kids who have been cyber bullied? -What could be some ways to stop kids from doing cyber bullying?Arrange presentations at local middle and high schools to inform students -Create interaction, getting students involvedForm partnerships with both local and national organizationsUtilize social media outlets available—such as facebook
JPWMC VisionUltimately, the agency hopes to create awarenessthat can lead to an end of cyber bullying. Notevery human is being monitored and not everychild will be able to speak up under fear ofrepercussions. However, those who can speakup, those who are aware, with our friends and ourfamilies together, cyber bullying can be reducedto a minimum. “Do not let circumstance control you, you change your circumstances.”
For further research JPWMC Co. suggests the following informationaland support sites:Don’t Stand By – Stand Up! CampaignStopcyber bullying.orgThis website is created by Parry Aftab, one of the leading experts, worldwide, oncybercrime, internet privacy and cyber-abuse issues. There is information forstudents, separated into three age-groups, as well as for parents. The campaign alsoincludes informational material, such as how to report abuse on a variety oftechnologies.National Crime Prevention Council’s Cyber Bullying CampaignNCPC.org/cyberbullyingThis national campaign includes information on ways teens are cyber-bullied, reactionsof victims and how to help, as well as links to external secondary sites.There are also moderated support forums for those who have been both thevictim—and the bully, to share their stories freely, and get information oncyberbullying in a safe, interactive environment:Bullying, Be Gone!Bullying-begone.Livejournal.com
If you or someone you know, is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.com
JPWMC Co. Caitlin Rulien Janet Haubein Whitney Walters Preston Brown Michelle Arena PUR3000 Chunsik Lee MWF 10-10:50 “I believe the world is one big family and we need to help each other.”
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