ARRESTED FOR CYBERBULLYING January 2011 - Two Estero High School teens (FL) were arrested on felony charges for cyber bullying a classmate after officials learned of a fake Facebook account with sexually explicit photos.
CYBERHARASSMENT Pertains to threatening or harassing email messages, instant messages, or to blog entries or websites dedicated solely to tormenting an individual.
CYBERSTALK The repeated use of electronic communications to harass or frighten someone, for example by sending threatening e-mails
WHICH ONE ARE YOU? WHAT TO DO? BULLY – Beware BYSTANDER – Be a Hero VICTIM – Be Empowered
“. . . be careful what you do to people, because you never know what they’re going through,” said Christian Harvey, a 15-year-old sophomore at Port Charlotte High School in Port Charlotte, Fla. “You can really hurt somebody, even with the littlest thing.”
GET INVOLVED Become a TeenAngel Teenagers were concerned about their younger siblings, cousins, young neighbors and kids they baby-sit for when it came to online safety. http://teenangels .org/ Link on my website www.timetogovirtual.com/cyberbully
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF ONLINE AND YOUR INTERNET PRESENCE
Your password is like your toothbrush – don’t share
it with anyone. Not even your best friend!
What is good or not good to share? Discussing your favorite book on a message board Tell someone in a chat room where you go to school IM a friend about what movie you just saw Posting a description of your dog on your profile Sharing your email password with your friend Check the privacy settings on your profiles, photos, status updates
Does anything in your profile or username or email address reveal . . . First name First and last name Home phone number Cell phone number School name Address
What you can do . . . Go home and review Your profiles, IM screen names, email addresses Anything you post online Google yourself and make changes based on what you learned today Ask your school about their cyberbullying policy Check your privacy settings Keep your clothes on
For more resources visit my website: www.timetogovirtual.com/cyberbully Gennia Holder Social Media Consultant