WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOWCYBER BULLYINGPresented by Jill Sooy
What is Cyber Bullying? Cyber bullying involves sending or postingharmful or cruel text or images using theInternet (instant messaging, e-mails, chatrooms, or social networking sites) or otherdigital communication devices such as cellphones. It can involve stalking, threats,harassment, impersonation, humiliation,trickery, and exclusion.
The Facts: 93% of teens 12-17 go online 63% of online teens go online daily 89% on online teen go online from home, and most ofthem go online from home most often. 77% go online at school 71% go online from friends or relatives homes 60% go online from a library 27% go online from their mobile phone 76% of household with teens go online via broadband,10% via dial up, and 12% do not have access at home.
Teen Connections 75% of teens have a cell phone No gender or race/ethnic differences in ownership 50% of teens with phones talk to friends daily 54% of teens send test messages daily 27% use their phone to go online 73% of teens use an online social network site 37% of SNS users send messages through socialnetworks daily 80% of teens have a game console 51% of teens have a portable gaming device Teens connect and interact with others online through games
Bullying Statistics 42% of kids have been bullied online. 1 in 4 havehad it happen more than once. 35% have been threatened. Nearly 1 in 5 havehad it happen more than once. 21% have received mean or threatening e-mail. 53% admit having said something hurtful toanother person online. 58% have not told their parents about somethinghurtful done to them online. Based on 2004 i-SAFE survey on 1500 students in grades 1-4
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What Parents Can Do to Help Talk with kids about risks of the Internet Learn what kids are doing on line and keeptrack of online behavior Become familiar with sites kids visit (MySpace, Facebook,Twitter, etc.) Remind them to never give out personal info Remind kids they should never meet face-to-face with someone they meet online.
Continued… Share examples of inappropriate incidentsthat can happen online Communicate online rules to kids and enforcerules with consequences Keep computers in a place where onlineactivity is hard to hide Explain that cyber bullies aren’t alwaysanonymous; they can be traced and located Use parental controls & tracking programs
What To Do ifYour Child is Bullied Be aware of warning signs Reluctance to use the computer Change in mood or behavior Reluctance to go to school Poor school performance Be alert that your child could be bullyingothers Document any bullying
What To Do Continued… Tell child you won’t blame them if bullied. One main reason kids don’t tell adults is fear oflosing computer privileges Contact the school to seek help from schoolpsychologist, counselor, and principal File a complaint with the web site, ISP, or cellphone company Contact the police if the cyber bullyingincludes threats
What Kids Need to Know Never give out personal information online Do not tell anyone you password, evenfriends Do not retaliate It can escalate the harassment & make it unclearwho was the aggressor Tell the bully to stop or ignore Make hard copies Show and adult before deleting anything
Continued… Block future communication and clean upbuddy lists Do not say anything online you are notcomfortable having other people know If a friend cyber bullies, tell them to stop
School Response Incorporate cyber bullying into all relevantschool policies Bullying Harassment Internet and cell phone policies Determine the extent of cyber bullying in theschool population Educate staff members, students, andparents about cyber bullying
School Response continued… Closely monitor students’ computer use atschool. Use filtering and tracking software. Teach student internet safety Investigate all reports of cyber bullying NOW Support student who are victims Understand legal obligations and restrictions Contact police if acts involve threats,extortion, harassment, or hate crimes