Hi, I am Lindsey Dulude and this is a Powerpoint presentation on Cyber-bullying. I will be explaining what cyber-bullying is, why it is important, some background information about it, real cases of it, how to avoid it, how it will impact K-12 education, legislative efforts on it, and the future of cyber-bullying. Stay with me, this is a subject matter that all future educators need to be very aware of!
What is Cyber-bullying? Basically, cyber-bullying is when someone is bullying somebody else over computers or other electronic devices. There are a lot of different types of cyber-bullying: texting, facebook, e-mail, blogs, video games, and other social networking sites. Most cyber-bullies bully at home or privately because then they are keeping their actions secretive and others do not see it is occurring.
Why is cyber-bullying important? Clearly, if it gets violent enough, it could force the person being bullied to commit suicide. Not only has suicide occurred, but also many other effects including: depression, loss of self-esteem, low academic performance, and anxiety. CYBER-BULLYING IS ON A DRASTIC, RAPID RISE. As more and more kids are becoming aware of the cyber-world, more kids are experimenting socially on it which a lot of times leads to cyber-bullying. It is important to know that most cyber-bullies are anonymous because they do it over cyber-space purposely so they do not get in trouble for it, nobody knows who is doing the bullying this way.
Here is an actual, real case of a 17 year old boy in California who was cyber-bullied. “I was talking to someone in a chatroom and they started tell 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 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.” Chatrooms are a very skeptical place to be for the sole reason there are a lot of cyber-bullies. On computers, people don’t have faces and can fake a name, so bullying someone is easy because they can do it undercover. Be aware of your every move on the internet.
What are some ways people cyber-bully others? They can pretend they are someone else, force people to give out personal information, post pictures of people without permission, and send inappropriate messages the victim.
How can someone react if they are being cyber-bullied? Block all communication with that person. Delete all personal information in cyber-space. Report the problem to a trustworthy adult.
Tips: never share personal information online. I can’t stress that enough. Never share passwords. Never meet someone face-to-face that you met over the internet. Inform your parents what you do online, most times, parents will not care what you are doing as long as you are staying safe and out of trouble. Lastly, attend workshops and seminars about how to eliminate cyber-bullying.
The impact on K-12 education. Students will feel uncomfortable in their school environment. The cyber-bully may be the person that sits next to them in math class, but most times the victim has no clue.
Now a days, new policies are being enforced, and your every move is being traced through cyber-space, especially on school districts servers. This can lead to the cyber-bully getting expelled from school. 81% of teens being cyber-bullied believe it is because the bully thinks it is funny. The most extreme cases of occur in middle and high school.
There have been some legislative laws and acts that people are trying to pass regarding cyber-bullying. The Megan Meier Cyber-bullying Prevention Act is one of them. If it were passed, cyber-bullying could be considered a felony. Megan Meier was a very serious case a few years ago where a classmate’s mother cyber-bullied a girl, Megan Meier and she ended up committing suicide after being harassed. It was a very sad story, all over the news.
What’s to come? Unfortunately, the amount of cyber-bullying is only increasing. As more people join social networking sites, especially teens, the cyber-harassment levels rise also. As times progress, teens need to be aware of who they converse with.
In conclusion, cyber-bullying is people who harass other via electronic devices. It has many harmful effects on the victim, the worst being when someone commits suicide. There are a lot of cases of cyber-bullying and committing suicide is among them.
Also, laws potentially may be put into effect in the future. Food for thought: be consciously aware of your actions on the internet to prevent cyber-bullying and do NOT put personal information on the internet. In order to eliminate the amount of cyber-bullying, people need to be accountable for what they do and say on the internet. Thanks for watching and listening! I hope you are more aware of cyber-bullying!
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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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