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Bill Balderaz gave this presentation to Southwestern City Schools' parents and teachers. Cyberbullying is becoming an increasing concern, and this presentation shares some tips on how parents and ...

Bill Balderaz gave this presentation to Southwestern City Schools' parents and teachers. Cyberbullying is becoming an increasing concern, and this presentation shares some tips on how parents and teachers can recognize and prevent cyberbullying.

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Growing Up Digital - Cyberbullying in Schools Growing Up Digital - Cyberbullying in Schools Presentation Transcript

  • Growing Up Digital Bill Balderaz
  • Megan Meier’s Story
    • Megan Meier met Josh Evans on MySpace and they started a friendship
    • Josh was from Florida and had recently moved to Megan’s hometown. He was homeschooled, had two brothers, and played the drums and guitar
    • Megan was interested in Josh and was excited that he was also interested in her
    • Megan had struggled with depression and self-esteem issues, but her friendship with Josh seemed to be helping those problems
  • Megan Meier’s Story
    • One day Megan got on her MySpace and received a disturbing message from Josh, “I don't know if I want to be friends with you anymore because I've heard that you are not very nice to your friends.”
    • The next day Megan got on MySpace to see that Josh was still being mean to her. And now not only Josh was being mean to her, but some of her other friends too.
    • Megan’s mother had her got offline and Megan went up to her room upset
    • Later that evening Megan’s mother went up to Megan’s room and found that she had committed suicide
  • Megan Meier’s Story
    • After Megan died, Megan’s parents tried to find Josh on MySpace, but his account had been deleted
    • A couple weeks later a women from the neighborhood told Megan’s parents that the mother of a girl who Megan had a falling out with had created Josh’s fake MySpace account in order to learn what Megan was saying about her daughter and to be mean to Megan
    • After all this happened Megan’s mom, Tina, started the Megan Meier Foundation to teach people about Cyberbullying and how it can harm people
  • Cyberbulling
    • When someone tries to hurt another person using computer technology
  • Who Has been bullied
  • What is Cyberbullying?
    • Online harassment: aggressive behavior, “harm doing”, insults, impersonation, exclusion, activities associated with hacking – stealing information, breaking into accounts, damaging websites, profiles etc.
    • Cyberbullying: online harassment that is…
      • repeated over time
      • Involves a power imbalance between a perpetrator and a victim. Power imbalance may be differences in online skills.
    • Other complicating factors: Cyberbullys are also often victims, sometimes online, sometimes elsewhere. Internet bullying can be particularly hard to disentangle.
  • Where Cyberbullying Occurs
    • E-mails
    • Texting
    • Instant Messaging
    • Chat Rooms
    • Gaming
    • Social Networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace
  • How Cyberbullying occurs
    • Almost 50% of Cyberbullying incidents include former close friends.
    • Mid-teens (ages 14-17) is the age of greatest prevalence of online harassment & bullying
    • Perpetrators of online bullying (similar to offline bullying) are generally the same age as their victim.
  • How Students Experience Cyberbullying
    • 32% of online teens have experienced one of the following forms of online harassment:
      • 15% of teens reported having private material (IM, txt, email) forwarded without permission
      • 13% had received threatening messages
      • 13% said someone had spread a rumor about them online
      • 6% had someone post an embarrassing picture of them online without permission
  • What to do if you are Cyberbullied
    • Don’t reply to abusive messages, that may only encourage the bully
    • Keep a record of events/messages or pictures
    • Think before you send pictures of someone via email, it can spread far beyond your circle of friends
    • If you receive a rude image do not forward it
    • You have a right not to be harassed and bullied online, make sure you tell someone
    • Treat your password like your toothbrush, don’t let anyone else use it
  • Staying Safe Online
    • Learning how to protect yourself and others
  • Safety in Social Networking
    • Social Networks include: Facebook, twitter, MySpace, and similar websites
    • Provide only information that you need to provide on these websites
    • In a profile, generally speaking, do not provide your last name, your phone numbers, home address, date of birth, school or team name, or travel plans.
  • Exceptions to Safety Rules
    • Birth Date: You may be required to provide your birth date to sign up for a social network or other online service.
    • Arrange your privacy settings so the birth date is not visible on your profile. If you want to display your birthday, show the day of the month but not your birth year.
    • School Name: Although you generally should not provide your school name online, some sites feature school-specific networks, and the name of the network will reveal your school online.
  • Be Careful what you Post
    • Unless you would be willing to share it with your parents, your grandparents, teachers, and coaches don’t post it. If you wouldn’t put it on a poster and hang it on your locker or your bedroom wall, don’t post it.
    • Once something is posted it stays online forever. Think before you post!
  • Passwords
    • Keep your passwords in a secure place.
    • Do not share passwords.
    • Experts suggest: the strongest passwords have at least 8 characters and include numbers and symbols as well as letters.
    • Change your password every 90 days or so.
    • Use a different password for every online account you access (or at least a good variety).
  • Use Privacy Settings
    • Only share the information you are comfortable sharing.
    • Limit your audience.
    • Default settings usually allow sharing. Take affirmative steps to limit disclosure.
  • When it comes to Strangers
    • Don’t invite people to be your friends on-line if you do not know them in the real world.
    • If you must accept a “friend” that you do not know, do so cautiously, recognizing that often people are not who they claim to be.
    • Never give a stranger a photograph of yourself
    • Never agree to meet a stranger
  • 21 st Century Skills
    • Teens and young adults among most knowledgeable and creative users of the Internet
  • Teen Internet Use
    • 93% of teens 12-17 go online
    • 63% of online teens go online daily
    • 89% of online teens go online from home, and most of them go online from home most often
    • 77% of teen go online at school
    • 71% go online from friends or relatives house
    • 60% go online from a library
    • 27% go online on their mobile phone
    • 76% of households with teens go online via broadband, 10% via dial up, and 12% do not have access at home.
  • What Teens are doing Online
    • 94% go online to do research for school assignments; 48% do so on a typical day.
    • 81% go to websites about movies, TV shows, music groups, or sports stars
    • 64% of online teens have created some kind of content online
    • 62% go online to get news
    • 57% have watched a video on a video-sharing site like YouTube or GoogleVideo
    • 55% go online to get information about a college, university or other school that they are thinking about attending.
    • 48% have bought something online like books, clothes or music
    • 31% have looked online for health, dieting or physical fitness information; 17% have looked online for sensitive health information
  • Online Behavior: Teens and Technology
    • 60% have a computer/laptop
    • 97% play computer games
    • 93% use the Internet
    • 30% write blogs
    • 70% use Social Networking Sites
  • Technology Age
    • Society is changing
    • The skills and knowledge required for work and civic life in the 21 st century are shifting
    • Computers and the Internet are an important source for teenagers and knowing how to use them effectively will be beneficial as they grow up.
  • What Students need to learn
    • Keyboarding: In one school district 5 th graders are expected to be able to type 2 full pages in one sitting
    • Researching Online: Using the correct websites to find information online
  • Vision for 21 st Century Learners
    • Information and Communications Technology
      • The ability to use technology to learn content and skills –so that they know how to learn, think critically, solve problems, use information, communicate, innovate, and collaborate
    • Life Skills
      • Leadership
      • Ethics
      • Accountability
      • Adaptability
      • Personal productivity
      • Personal responsibility
      • People skills
      • Self-direction
      • Social responsibility
  • Closing/Questions