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Olmv cyberbullying


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  • Bullying or Cyberbullying is not a rite of passage, it is abuse that must be stopped. That is why the best we can do parents to protect our children is that talk to them and as much as possible focus on them. Express your concern and make it clear that you want to help and empathize with your children. As a way of helping everyone especially the parents, who still find it quite hard to manage issues like this, I found this great application which featured a safety app which gets me connected to a Safety Network or escalate my call to the nearest 911 when needed, it has other cool features that are helpful for your kids with just a press of a Panic Button. #SafekidZone, Check it here:
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  • 1. Cyberbullying Bullying Goes High Tech Jim Masucci November 10, 2010 “It’s one thing when you get made fun of at school, but to be bullied in your own home, via your computer, is a disgusting thing for people to do.” Sixteen year old from Alabama
  • 2. What is Cyberbullying? Being cruel to others by sending or posting harmful material using technological means An individual or group that uses information and communication involving electronic technologies to facilitate deliberate and repeated harassment or threats to an individual or group. Also known as: ‘Electronic Bullying’ & ‘Online Social Cruelty’
  • 3. Tools for Cyberbullying  Cell Phones – calls or messages  Internet  Electronic Mail  Instant Messaging  Blogs  Social Networks  Chat Rooms  Defamatory Web Sites (Polling)
  • 4. Why Cyberbullying? The Internet has become a way of life for most teens, and an easy tool for harassing others. 91% of 12 – 15 year olds use the Internet 99% of teens 16 – 18 use the Internet Available 24 hrs/day, 7 days/wk Victim is a perpetual target
  • 5. Why Cyberbullying? (cont) Traditional bullying – the bully is usually stronger than his or her victim either physically or socially. Usually occurs in the school setting (classroom, playground, or bus). Cyberbullying - Internet tends to level the playing field, affording less dominant teens the means they need to bully others. Sometimes used in revenge for traditional bullying.
  • 6. How Big a Problem Is It?  42% of teens surveyed admitted to being bullied on-line  35% claim to have been threatened.  53% confessed to having said something mean or hurtful on-line. (I-Safe 2007)  More girls than boys are cyberbullied.  For teens that are regular visitors to social networking sites, the chances of them being cyberbullied goes up.  Only 15% of parents knew what cyberbullying was
  • 7. Types of Cyberbullies  Avenging Angel - use technical means to get back at someone who has been bullying them, or one of their friends.  Power Hungry - Closest to traditional school yard bully. Tends to feel superior, and exerts his or her strengths over the victim.
  • 8. Types of Cyberbullies (cont.)  Mean Girls - Work in groups, and need an audience to play to. The group tends to approve of the actions, or do nothing about them.  Inadvertent Bully – Probably don’t even realize they are doing something wrong. Ex : passing on gossip or pictures or answering polls.
  • 9. Forms of Cyberbullying  Flaming – Saying mean or hurtful things  Harassment and cyberstalking - repeated actions such as sending messages, or threats to a victim.  Denigration – putting someone down  Outing – spreading secret or embarrassing information or pictures  Exclusion - intentionally excluding a person by leaving them off of the list.  Impersonation – pretending to be someone else
  • 10. Cyberbullying – It’s Illegal All of the following forms of cyberbulling can lead to arrest & prosecution:  Making threats of violence to people or their property  Making obscene or harassing phone calls  Harassment or stalking  Hate or bias crimes  Creating or sending sexually explicit images of teens  Posting real or doctored photos of someone without their permission  Taking a photo of someone in place where privacy expected
  • 11. Impacts of Cyberbullying  Feelings of guilt or self blame  Sleep difficulties  Poor performance in school  Violence against tormentors. Victims are 8X more likely to bring a weapon to school  Suicide
  • 12. What Should You Do? Teens  Do not respond in a similar manner. Block the screen names if possible.  Do not forward anything  Do not delete messages  Consult an adult  Safeguard user ID’s and passwords. “A password is like a tooth brush. Choose a good one, and don’t share it.” (Yahoo Security Center)
  • 13. What Should You Do? Parents  Take the situation seriously, and be supportive.  Don’t blame the victim.  Increase tech awareness.  Monitor computer use. (Software & placement of computer)  Contact ISP and cell phone provider. Contact law enforcement, if threatened.
  • 14. What Should You Do? Teachers and Schools If the incident occurs during school, investigate and respond. Otherwise :  Respond if the incident causes disruptions.  Provide counseling to the perpetrators and the victims  Develop anti-bulllying programs to educate students
  • 15. Teach Our Children  All actions have consequences  Cyber bullying hurts  They are just being used and manipulated by cyber bully  Cyber bully and accomplices often become the target of cyber bullying themselves  Care about others and stand up for what’s right
  • 16. Legal Issues for Schools  Privacy Issue – Does a school have the right to search a student’s computer for evidence.  Free Speech Issue – Does the school have the right to discipline a student for remarks published on the Internet during non-school hours.
  • 17. Sexting Sending sexually suggestive messages or images to others via cell phone, or posting them on social websites. Surveys of teenagers : - 20 percent have sent or posted picture of themselves - 40 percent of teenagers have sent sexually suggestive messages. - More girls than boys Technology is much more far-reaching and permanent, and teenagers are not consequential thinkers . . . They
  • 18. Sexting – Legal Consequenses Worst Case scenario  Possession or distribution of Child Pornography  Possible inclusion on sex offenders registry. More likely  Suspension or expulsion from school.  Probation and attend counseling
  • 19. Additional Sources