The purpose of this presentation on Cyber-bullying is to inform people about the issues of cyber-bullying, and the impact it can have on education.
According to Nancy Willard from the Center for Safe and Responsible Use of the Internet, “Cyberbullying is being cruel to others by sending or posting harmful material or engaging in other forms of social cruelty using the internet or other digital technologies.”
It is very important to know about cyber bullying for a number of reasons. First of all it is very hard to prevent since technology is such a huge part of today’s society. Also, when students or kids are cyber-bullied it can affect the learning process. According to research done at CyberBullying.us 33% of youth have been victimized by cyber bullies. That number in itself makes cyber-bullying an important issue. More and more technology is making this issue even more common because everywhere you turn there is access to some form of technology. Lastly, educating people on the issue will help give people insight on protecting themselves against cyber-bullying.
Cyber-bullying came about when technology such as the Internet and Cell Phones started becoming very common. Along with the benefits of computers and cell phones came other negative aspects. Internet components such as email, websites, instant messaging, blogs, and chat rooms gave an outlet for bullies to victimize people without being discovered. Cell phone are also another outlet for cyber bullying through text messages and voicemails.
New technologies has given the original bully an infinite number of way to bully. They have the same intent, but more opportunity. The internet becomes the bullies playground on which they can victimize multiple people. Not only can this be done on computer, but internet on phones, and texting as well.
Most bullies are truly cowards themselves, and when all of these new technologies came about it gave those people a place to hide. Those who were to fearful of being caught before, now have a way of hiding themselves.
Cyber-bullying can definitely impact education. Students that are being cyber-bullied may become distracted, miss a lot of school, feel angry, or feel inadequate. All of these reactions hind the learning process.
Computer time is often required during school, and this is no exception when it comes to cyber-bullying. In fact, cyber bullying can happen during school when students are supposed to be doing work. This can have a huge impact on education because students become totally overwhelmed and distracted by the bullying rather than school.
Some steps to help stop cyber-bullying include: Don’t reply to the bully, don’t delete messages from the bully, and report cyber-bullying to the police, and schools. The bully’s goal is to get a reaction out of his victim, so by not responding the bully isn’t getting what is wanted. Also, by saving messages from the bully if they are needed for a report or for prosecution you will have the evidence. Lastly, reporting to the police and schools, may lead to finding the bully, or at least making people aware of them.
The Megan Meier Act in Missouri made cyber-bullying illegal in Missouri. This Act was a result of a 13 year old girl, Megan Meier, killing herself as the result of cyber bullying. Other states are also taking action against cyber-bullying, as well as individual schools and school districts.
Cyber-bullying in Schools<br />By: Megan Drogt<br />
What is Cyber-bullying?<br />“Cyberbullying is being cruel to others by sending or posting harmful material or engaging in other forms of social cruelty using the internet or other digital technologies.”<br />
Why is it important to know about cyber bullying?<br />hard to prevent<br />affects the learning process<br />33% of youth have been victimized<br />more technology is making it more common<br />being educated on the issue helps people be able to avoid bullying<br />Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/totalaldo/508664515/<br />
Background Information: How did cyber-bullying come about?<br />Internet<br />email<br />websites<br />instant messaging<br />blogs<br />chat rooms<br />Cell Phones<br />text messaging<br />voicemails<br />
Background Cont…<br />The original bully has been given an infinite number of ways to bully.<br />They have the same intent, but more opportunity.<br />The internet becomes the bullies playground on which they can victimize multiple people.<br />This can be done on computers, internet on phone, or even texting.<br />Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/24258698@N04/2302563062/<br />
The New Bully<br />New technologies open the door for more people to become bullies.<br />Those too fearful of being caught now have a way of hiding themselves.<br />
Cyber-bullying: Impacting Education<br />Students can:<br />Become distracted<br />Miss a lot of school<br />Feel angry<br />Feel inadequate<br />All of these hinder a students learning experience. <br />Even young students can be victims of cyber-bullying.<br /> <br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/whiteafrican/2870711774/<br />
Impacting Schools<br />Many times computer work is required in schools.<br />This can be a time when cyber-bullying occurs.<br />Students could be being victimized at school.<br />
Ways to stop cyber bullying:<br />Don’t reply to the bully.<br />Don’t delete messages from the bully.<br />Report cyber-bullying to police, and schools.<br />
Legislation on Cyber-bullying<br />Megan Meier Act in Missouri<br />
In Conclusion<br />Cyber-bullying is a very real problem that people need to be educated on.<br />And remember, that cyber-bullying is not only through the use of computers , but also other digital devices such as cell phones.<br />If you ever become a victim of cyber-bullying be sure to report it!<br />Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cogdog/2904234291<br />
References<br />Nguyen, Lindsey, Alyssa Bosch, Sandra Gawalko, Andrew Yip, Aaron Holway. University of Calgary. “Cyber Bullying.” http://wiki.ucalgary.ca/page/Group4:%22Team_Sushi%22_(Lindsey_Nguyen,_Alyssa_Bosch,_Sandra_Gawalko,_Andrew_Yip,_Aaron_Holway):_Cyber-Bullying#The_Issue_of_Cyber_Bullying.<br />“Cyber Bullying Statistics.” http://safety.lovetoknow.com/Cyber_Bullying-Statistics.<br />“Cyber Bullying.” http://www.overcomebullying.org/cyber-bullying.html.<br />Pytel, Barbara. “CyberBullying is Now Illegal.” http://educationalissues.suite101.com/article.ofmycyber_bullying_is_now_illegal. <br />
References cont.<br />Willard, Nancy. Center for Safe and Responsible Use fo the Internet. “Cyberbullying & Cyberthreats.” http://www.cyberbully.org/onlinedocs/cbct.pdf. <br />Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cogdog/2904234291<br />Author: cogdogblog<br />Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/totalaldo/508664515/<br />Author: totalAldo<br />Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/whiteafrican/2870711774/<br />Author: whiteafrican<br />