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Cyber-bullying By: Lindsey Dulude EDU 290 Bluebike
What is Cyber-bullying? Using electronic devices to intentionally harm and harass someone. Examples: text messaging, facebook, e-mail, blogs, etc. When a person is threatened by another through cyber space. It is mostly done at home or in a private environment so no one else knows it is occurring. Racheocity
Why is it Important? Teenagers have been killed or committed suicide due to it. Can lead the person being tormented to: suicide, depression, loss of self-esteem, decrease in academic performance. Studies show it is on a dramatic , rapid rise. Most online bullies are anonymous.
Background Information “I was talking to someone in a chatroom and they started telling me things. Like was I really that stupid and making fun of me. I told them privately to please stop and they wouldn't. They then told me they were going to harm me and I was scared because I don't know how but they knew where I lived. I am scared sometimes. One time someone made me feel so bad that I wanted to kill myself because I believe those things that they said. My friends calmed me down and told me not to do anything dumb. I dislike it when people spread rumors online about you and it has happened to mostly everyone who chats." (17 year-old boy from California)(Cyberbullying Research Center, 2010)
Background Information Cont. How does someone cyber-bully others? Pretend they are someone else online Force people into revealing personal information Post pictures of victims without their permission Send inappropriate, unethical messages to a victim
Background Information Cont. How can teens react to cyber-bullying? Block all communication ties with cyber-bully. Delete all important, personal information from cyber-bully. Report the problem to someone with authority (parent, counselor, emergency contact 9-1-1) Bullyinguk
How to stay Cyber-safe Never post/share personal information online. Never share passwords. Never meet someone face-to-face that you met online Tell your parents what you do online (National Crime Prevention Council, 2010) Teachers attend seminars and meetings on cyber-bullying and how to eliminate it. UK in Italy
How Might it Impact K-12 Education? Students who are bullied will be scared and feel insecure in their school environment . Since students do not always know who is bullying them, it may be a student they see everyday at school without knowing it.
How Might it Impact K-12 Education Cont. Any type of online threat can get the cyber-bully expelled from school. When teens were asked why they think they are cyber-bullied, they said they think it’s funny (81%)(National Crime Prevention Council, 2010) Most extreme cases of cyber-bullying occur in secondary education, and middle level. These students go through the most social, emotional and physical changes in these times which can lead to more severe cyber-bullying results.
Legislative Efforts The Megan Meier Cyber-bullying Prevention Act is trying to be passed through Congress. This law will make Cyber-bullying a felony if/when it passes. This law is named after Megan Meier, who committed suicide after being harassed by her classmate’s mother.
Cyber-bullying Future The amount of cyber-bullying continues to rise fast. More and more students are feeling the effects of cyber harassment as more social networking sites are created. In the future: Teenagers need to be aware of who they are affiliated with in the electronic world.
Conclusion People who are being harassed by texting, facebook, blogs, etc. are considered to be cyber-bullied. Cyber-bullying can lead to many harming fads such as depression, low self-esteem, under achieving academically, and even can lead one to commit suicide. There are numerous real-life cases of harmful cyber-bullying, including committing suicide.
Conclusion Cont. A law may potentially be passed in order to make cyber-bullying a felony. People need to always be consciously aware of their own actions on the internet to prevent cyber-bullying. Make sure you do not put personal information on the internet or anywhere for others to access it.
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