Cyberbullying

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  • Responsible internet users of any age should know what to look for and how to stop cyberbullying.In the old days, bullying really only happened in the school yard, and victims would be safe at home. Nowadays, this simply isn’t the case, as bullying has moved onto the internet. Threats, intimidation, insults and gossip on the web have made life miserable for thousands of cyberbullying victims.
  • The online community is as much a community as the ones we participate in in our offline lives. We have a responsibility to treat others with respect and kindness as we wish to be treated; to do unto others as we wish done unto to ourselves. By establishing ourselves as part of a community, we are obligated to help out our friends and those around us who are in need, just as we would in our regular day to day lives.
  • In the fall of 2012, teenager Amanda Todd became a high profile victim of cyberbullying and took her own life. The fueled international debate on cyberbullying and the dangers of the internet being used as a weapon.
  • Optional Slide The Megan Meier case is a high profile story about cyberbullying. In 2006, this high school student was befriended, and eventually tormented, by a boy called Josh Evans on MySpace.  She hung herself after Josh told her “the world is better off without you”. It turns out that Josh Evans never existed – and that her tormentor was the middle-aged mother of a neighbour.  On April 2, 2009 the H.R.1966 — Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act was introduced.  Watch this 5-minute video from November 2007 to find out more about this tragic story. [Warning: you may find some of the content upsetting or disturbing.]
  • The online community is as much a community as the ones we participate in in our offline lives. We have a responsibility to treat others with respect and kindness as we wish to be treated; to do unto others as we wish done unto to ourselves. By establishing ourselves as part of a community, we are obligated to help out our friends and those around us who are in need, just as we would in our regular day to day lives.
  • The online community is as much a community as the ones we participate in in our offline lives. We have a responsibility to treat others with respect and kindness as we wish to be treated; to do unto others as we wish done unto to ourselves. By establishing ourselves as part of a community, we are obligated to help out our friends and those around us who are in need, just as we would in our regular day to day lives.
  • Cyberbullying

    1. 1. Cyberbullying
    2. 2. Cyberbullying: Outline What is cyberbullying? What can I do to prevent or stop cyberbullying? What does it mean to be a digital citizen? What’s my responsibility to my online community? What does it mean to be a real person online?
    3. 3. Cyberbullying Cyberbullying is on the rise Bullying has moved from the schoolyard to the internet Image courtesy of Elijah Simith Elementary (Flickr)
    4. 4. Cyberbullying: StrategiesWhat can you do if you come across cyberbullying? Save the evidence Identify the person who is bullying Publicly demand that the bully stop the behavior
    5. 5. Cyberbullying: StrategiesWhat can you do if you come across cyberbullying? Ignore/block the bully File a complaint with the website’s Internet Service Provider (ISP) Contact the police if you think someone is in immediate danger
    6. 6. Cyberbullying: Star Wars Kid (click to view) Taken from YouTube
    7. 7. Cyberbullying: Star Wars Kid “Perhaps the greatest tragedy for Ghyslain Razais that he will forever be known as the Star Wars Kid.” – Dr. Alex Couros
    8. 8. Cyberbullying: Star Wars KidQuestions to Consider: What did you initially think of the video? How do you think people reacted to this video? How do you think this affected Raza?
    9. 9. Cyberbullying: Star Wars KidSome background info: This video was not uploaded by Raza, but instead by a schoolmate who had found the video in the basement of their school It was uploaded in 2003 and immediately went viral
    10. 10. Cyberbullying: Star Wars KidRaza’s family filed a lawsuit against four of hisschoolmates’ families under grounds. Theirstatement read that Raza: “had to endure, and still endures today, harassment and derision from his high-school mates and the public at large” “will be under psychiatric care for an indefinite amount of time”
    11. 11. Cyberbullying: Star Wars KidQuestions to Consider: Do you think Raza’s schoolmates intended to harm in this way? Have we as an online community learned from this? Would we act any different if this were to happen again?
    12. 12. Cyberbullying: Amanda Todd
    13. 13. Cyberbullying: Amanda Todd What makes Amanda’s story so compelling? How can we raise awareness of cyberbullying within our communities? What resources are available to the observers of cyberbullying? Can anything be done to prevent cyberbullying?
    14. 14. Cyberbullying: Megan Meier (click to view) Taken from YouTube
    15. 15. Cyberbullying: StrategiesWhat can you do to be a good digital citizen? Realize everything we do and say has an impact on others Consider the “Golden Rule” principle Image courtesy of Burkazoid (Flickr)
    16. 16. Cyberbullying: StrategiesWhat can you do to be a good digital citizen? Avoid discriminatory language and always use positive reinforcement If you see what you believe to be a cry of help, offer your support
    17. 17. What’s your digital tattoo?
    18. 18. Resources 01cyberbully250.jpg (c) Elijah Smith Elementary (http://www.flickr.com/photos/talweblog/437737613/in/photostream/). CC BY-ND-C 2.0 “Megan Meier Story.” 17 Nov. 2007. YouTube. Web. 10 Aug. 2012. “Star Wars Kid.” 15 Jan.2006. YouTube. Web. 10 Aug. 2012. The Golden Rule (c) Burkazoid (http://www.flickr.com/photos/djburkey/4360903186/in/photostream/). CC BY-NC 2.0 tr

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