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  • 1. The Hazards of Cyberbullying
    • Mahmud Shihab
    • International College
    • 2007-2008
  • 2. WHAT IS IT? Cyberbullying is sending or posting harmful or cruel text or images using the Internet or other digital communication devices.
  • 3. What Does It Look Like?
    • Sending cruel, vicious, and sometimes threatening messages by email or SMS.
    • Creating web sites that have stories, cartoons, pictures, and jokes ridiculing others.
    • Writing insulting messages using social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace.
    • Breaking into an e-mail account and sending vicious or embarrassing material to others.
  • 4. What Does It Look Like?
    • Engaging someone in IM (instant messaging), tricking that person into revealing sensitive personal information , and forwarding that information to others.
    • Taking a picture of a person in an inappropriate situation using a digital phone camera and sending that picture to others.
  • 5. The Vocab of Cyberbullying Occurs
    • Flaming : sending angry , rude or vulgar messages directed at target of choice
    • Harassment : repeatedly sending an individual offensive and sensitive messages
    • Cyberstalking : harassment that is highly intimidating or includes threats of harm
  • 6.
    • Denigration : Sending or posting harmful, untrue or cruel statements about a person to other people
    • Masquerade : Pretending to be someone else and sending or posting material that makes that person look bad or places that person in potential danger
    • “ outing ”: Sending or posting material about a person that contains sensitive, private or embarrassing information ; material often acquired via trickery
    • Disinhibition : The tendency for technology to create the illusion of invisibility, users may be able to create a level of anonymity which promotes the mindset that they can do or say anything they want without the risk of consequences
  • 7. IMPACT OF CYBERBULLYING
    • Low self-esteem
    • Anger
    • Depression
    • School failure/avoidance
    • School violence
    • Anxiety
    • Long term psychological harm
    • Suicide
  • 8. Legal Cases
    • Grounds for suits:
    • - defamation
    • - invasion of privacy
    • - intentional infliction of emotional distress
    • In the U.S. Parents of cyberbullies can be held financially liable for the acts of their children.
  • 9. How Might You Know If Someone Is Being Cyberbullied?
    • Long hours on the computer
    • Closes windows on their computer when you enter the room
    • Is secretive about internet activities
    • Behavioral changes
    • Won’t say who they are talking to
    • May find unexplained pictures on computer
    • Trouble sleeping
    • Stomach and Lack of appetite
    • Headaches
    • Hesitate or resistant to leaving home
  • 10. What Should Be Done When Cyberbullying Is Known To Be Occurring?
    • Conduct a threat assessment
    • Save all messages as evidence on the target computer
    • Inform the internet service provider ( ISP )
    • Inform the local police
    • Support the victim
    • Contact the school counselor
  • 11. What A Cyberbullying Victim Should NOT Do ?
    • Do not reply to messages from
    • cyberbullies
    • Do not delete messages from
    • cyberbullies
    • Do not agree to meet with a
    • cyberbully
  • 12. HELPFUL SOFTWARE
    • EmailTrackerPro : allows you to track emails back to the IP address of the sender, allows full internet traces on demand
    • McAfee Parental Controls : offers chat filtering protection for both instant messaging and chat rooms
  • 13. Questions or Comments?