CYBER-BULLYINGCyber-bullying means using computers, cellphones, and other technology to hurt, scare, or embarrass other people. It is illegal!
CYBER-BULLYINGBeing mean is being mean, no matter howyou do it. Don’t ask if it’s funny. Ask if it will make someone unhappy.
CYBER-BULLYINGNever post anything on the Internetor send something electronicallythat you don’t want the world tosee.
CYBER-BULLYING Never send an e-mail, IM, text message in anger Remember that you are not anonymous You never know what is going on in someone else’s life. Try to put yourself in their shoes before you answer inappropriate messages. Think first, type second.
YOU ARE NOT ANONYMOUS 184.108.40.206 Internet Protocol Address. Like a telephone number. You cannot access the Internet without one. 220.127.116.11 The ISP that owns an IP address is located through Internet directories. To find out the user, the date and time of the Internet message is needed; then legal process is sent to the ISP.
CYBER-BULLYINGHave the courage to speak up if you noticeanyone cyber-bullying. Say that this iswrong and that you are not going to keep ita secret.
CYBER-BULLYINGIf you get an upsetting message or seesomething that is attacking you: Do notreply. Do not delete. Save the message,print it if you can and get help from an adultyou trust. If one adult does not help you,keep asking until you get the help you need.
Responsive ActionTry not to “flip out.”Determining the scope of the problem. Life threatening, immediate risk, someone else in immediate riskIf there is a crime call the police: Save all printouts. They’re admissible in court and corroborate the victim. They also lend some helpful clues to identifying the perpetrator.Time is of the essence.
IT IS ILLEGAL TO: Threaten people over the Internet Harass or bully anyone Use someone else’s ID without permission Access other people’s computer systems without permission Send inappropriate photos to other kids
Criminal Harassment•This crime applies to most cyber-bullying incidents.•The conduct must be serious enough that a reasonable person would suffer substantial emotional distress.•There must be three events over a period of time. In person, over the phone or Internet.
§ 43A. Criminal Harassment. (a) Whoever willfully and maliciously engages in a knowing pattern of conduct or series of acts over a period of time directed at a specific person, which seriously alarms that person and would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress, shall be guilty of the crime of criminal harassment and shall be punished by imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than two and one–half years or by a fine of not more than $1,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Such conduct or acts described in this paragraph shall include, but not be limited to, conduct or acts conducted by mail or by use of a telephonic or telecommunication device including, but not limited to, electronic mail, internet communications or facsimile communications.
§ 43A. Criminal Harassment. (cont.) (b) Whoever, after having been convicted of the crime of criminal harassment, commits a second or subsequent crime, or whoever commits the crime of criminal harassment having previously been convicted of a violation of section 43, shall be punished by imprisonment in a house of such correction for not more than two and one–half years or by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than ten years. History History— 2000, 164, approved Aug 1, 2000, effective Oct 30, 2000.
IN CONCLUSION DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN CYBER-BULLYING REPORT ANY INCIDENTS OF CYBER- BULLYING TO A TRUSTED ADULT OR THE POLICE PLYMOUTH POLICE 20 Long Pond Road Plymouth, MA Business Line (508) 840-4218