88.9% of households that have PCs81.4% of households that have active internet (2005)22% of 6-9 yr olds that own cell phones84% of 15-18 yrs old
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Examples of website bashing embedded link.allows them to avoid interacting with those who disagree with their viewsA mob cyberbullying mentality/frenzy can occur – snowball effect – once the initial bullying beginsHateWatch is a web based not for profit that monitors the evolving problem of online bigotry.
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A Boston-area teenager has been charged with using instant messaging (IM) to harass six girls and their families. "Under the terms of a pretrial probation agreement signed...by the unidentified teen and others involved in the case, the resident of North Reading, Massachusetts, risks criminal prosecution if he engages in 'unsupervised' use of IM and other computing applications."1 There will also be civil proceedings against the accused, Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly announced this week, saying the boy's instant messages threatened the girls with violent and sexually explicit language.1Paul Festa. "Teen Accused of IM Harassment." Wired News. May 15, 2002, http://news.com.com/2100-1023-914471.html.
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E-mail, IM, Social Networking Sites (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter), Websites (hate sites, Bulletin Boards, Chatrooms), text messaging, voicemail</li></ul>81.4%<br />22%<br />84%<br />Center on Media and Child Health, 2007<br />
Statistics: i-Safe survey<br />58%of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online <br />53%of kids admit having said something mean or hurtful things to another online<br />42%of kids have been bullied while online <br />
Hate Sites<br />50%had seen or heard of a hate site bashing of another student<br />75%had visited a hate site<br />450 – 500: # of “hard core” hate sites on the internet right now.<br />
Prevalence of Cyber Bullying<br /><ul><li>Cyber bullying typically starts at about 9years of age and usually ends after 14years of age; after 14, it becomes cyber or sexual harassment due to nature of acts and age of actors (Aftab)
Affects 65-85% of kids directly or indirectly through close friends and family (Aftab)</li></li></ul><li>True Examples<br /><ul><li>Elementary School in Fairfax, Va. last year:</li></ul> 6th grade students conducted an online poll to determine the ugliest classmate, school officials say.<br /><ul><li>Canadian teenager David Knight’s life became hell when a group of his school mates established a “Hate David Knight” website and posted denigrating pictures and abuse and invited the global community to join in the hate campaign. </li></li></ul><li>True Examples<br /> When Joanne had a fight with a longtime friend last year, she had no idea it would spill into cyberspace. But what started as a spat at a teenage sleepover swiftly escalated into a three-month harangue of threatening e-mails and defacement of her weblog. "It was a non-stop nightmare," says Joanne, 14, a freshman at a private high school in Southern California. "I dreaded going on my computer."<br />
Effects of Cyber Bullying<br /><ul><li>Psychological, physical, and emotional
increased isolation and self-destructive behavior
school failure, school avoidance, school violence, and suicide</li></li></ul><li>Effects of Cyber Bullying<br /><ul><li>Legal consequences for school and families (slander, defamation, terroristic threats, sexual exploitation, hate crime.
Family Complications (trust issues, privacy issues)
Very difficult to take back once it begins.</li></li></ul><li>CYBER BULLY PROFILES<br /><ul><li>“Inadvertent”
Prevention for Parents/StudentsBuild your own “SafetyNET” <br />Keep mobile device in a place easy to monitor<br />Family plan (from Sprint, AT&T, etc)<br />Use monitoring software and/or blocking/filtering<br />(internetsafety.com)<br />Work with the school, authorities, and ISP<br />
Building a “SafetyNET”<br />Get tech literate (Community Ed, wiredsafety.org)<br />Communicate with children about the issue (isafe.org , stopcyberbullying.org)<br />Support the victims<br />Don’t blame the victim<br />Don’t freak out<br />
Response for Parents<br />Ensure your child feels safe, secure<br />THOROUGHLY investigate situation<br />Refrain from immediate banning<br />Contact parents of Cyberbully<br />
Response for Parents<br /><ul><li>Talk to other parents (build own network)
Talk to your child about the problem - educate</li></li></ul><li>What We Can ALL Do … <br />Take a stand<br />against cyberbullying.<br />From ‘Demystifying and Deescalating Cyber Bullying’ by Barbara Trolley, Ph.D. CRC, Connie Hanel, <br />i.ehow.com/.../5734355/bully-main_Full.jpg<br />