What is Cyber Bullying? Cyber bullying is sending or posting harmful or cruel text or images using the Internet or other digital communication devices, including cell phones and PDAs (personal digital assistants)
Cyber-bullying can include:• Sending cruel, vicious or threatening e-mails or IMs.• Creating Web sites that have stories, pictures and jokes ridiculing others.• Posting pictures of other students/kids online with derogatory phrases or questions attached to them.• Using someone elses e-mail to send vicious or incriminating e-mails to others.• Using instant messaging tools to harass others.
Save your Identity• Only share passwords with parents/guardians• Change your passwords routinely• Set webpages, profiles, blogs, etc. to private
How much is too much? Discuss with an elbow buddy what information is safe to put on a webpage, blog, myspace or a facebook account.
Too much information:• Do not give away your gender, age, or location in screen names• Avoid posting photos that could be damaging now or in the future• All pictures should be altered to remove identifying information• Don’t post plans or where you are located• Think about real life effects of posts
Defamatory SitesChanges information on your site withoutyour permissionCreates a site about you without youknowingPosts negative material or lies about youCreated by cyber-bullies
Have you ever been a victim of a cyber bully? Students Whove Been Bullied Online Between Grades 4-8 43% Yes 57% No
Ways to handle cyber-bullies:• not giving out your passwords or any personal information to anyone, either online or in person.• not replying to a message from an online bully.• blocking e-mail or instant messages from the sender.• You can also save harassing messages and forward them to your Internet Service Provider (ISP). ISPs are companies, such as AOL, Netscape, and NetZero that provide Internet access to consumers. Most ISPs have policies that restrict users from harassing others over the Internet.• Be aware! Cyber bullies can easily change screen names. •http://www.weeklyreaderexpress.com/ViewArticle.aspx?pin=wrg5-2003530
Ways to handle cyber-bullies:• Ignore the bullying or tell them to stop.• Tell a parent, teacher or trusted adult if you are being bullied online. This isnt "tattling“ or “snitching.”• If you know someone else who is being mean to other kids online, tell them to stop and then tell a parent or teacher.
SpammersSends you junk e-mails or textsSends e-mails to everyone in their addressbook or in contact listSends links to sites that containinappropriate materialsSends the same material repeatedly
Cellphone AbusersSend bullying text messagesTake pictures of people on their cameraswithout their consent or knowledgeUse cell phones to text links toinappropriate sites, spam by phoneGang up on someone by group texting
Child PredatorsIntent is to meet children for illegalpurposesMay intend to harm youMay suggest to meet in real lifeGathers facts about you from yourwebsites, chat, and profiles
Avoiding Electronic Enemies- It is important to know who you are talking to when using electronic devices.- Anything you say to someone on-line or in a text has a permanent record, it will NEVER go away- You should report anyone who makes you feel uncomfortable to an adult.- Never attempt to “fight back” electronically
Electronic Safety Pledges
I Pledge…• I promise to tell an adult about e-mails or text messages that make me feel uncomfortable, bully me, or bully others.• I will tell a parent if anyone asks for my personal information including but not limited to phone numbers, addresses and passwords.• I will never meet anyone from online. I will tell an adult if someone online asks to meet me.
I Pledge…• I will not create sites, post comments, or post pictures with the intent of hurting someone’s feelings.• I will not use a cell phone or a computer to bully someone else, even if they have previously done it to me.• I will not say things electronically that I would not say face to face.