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  1. 1. Cyber bullying and what you can do about it!!
  2. 2. The Terms <ul><li>Flaming – Online fights using electronic messages with angry and vulgar language </li></ul><ul><li>Harassment – Repeatedly sending offensive, rude and insulting messages </li></ul><ul><li>Cyber stalking – Repeatedly sending message that include threats of harm or are highly intimidating; making another person afraid for his or her safety. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Denigration - “Dissing” someone online. Sending or posting cruel gossip or rumors about a person to damage his or her reputation or friendships Exclusion - Intentionally excluding someone from an online group, like a “buddy list” or a game. Trolling – Intentionally posting provocative messages about sensitive subjects to create conflict, upset people, and bait them into “flaming” or fightin. More Terms…
  4. 4. And More… Impersonation - Breaking into someone’s account, posing as that person and sending messages to make the person look bad, get that person in trouble of danger, or damage that person’s reputation or friendships. Outing or Trickery - Sharing someone’s secrets or embarrassing information online. Tricking someone into revealing secrets or embarrassing informaiton, which is then shared online.
  5. 5. The Statistics <ul><li>42% of kids have been bullied while online. 1 in 4 have had it happen more than once. </li></ul><ul><li>35% of kids have been threatened online. Nearly 1 in 5 have had it happen more than once. </li></ul><ul><li>21% of kids have received mean or threatening e-mail or other messages. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>58% of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. More than 4 out of 10 say it has happened more than once. </li></ul><ul><li>53% of kids admit having said something mean or hurtful to another person online. More than 1 in 3 have done it more than once. </li></ul><ul><li>58% have not told their parents or an adult about something mean or hurtful that happened </li></ul>More Statistics…
  7. 7. Who Cyber bullies? <ul><li>Boys and Girls are equally likely to cyber bully. But Cyber Bullies tend to be older teens. </li></ul><ul><li>Between 18-28% have made rude or nasty/mean comments to another person online. </li></ul><ul><li>11% say they’ve spread rumors about another person online </li></ul><ul><li>5% say they’ve made threatening or aggressive comments to others online </li></ul><ul><li>9% have harassed or embarrassed another person online on purpose </li></ul>
  8. 8. What can you do if… <ul><li>You’re a teacher: </li></ul><ul><li>Schools policies should include cyber bullying. </li></ul><ul><li>Closely monitor student’s use of computers at school </li></ul><ul><li>Notify victims and parents of cyberbullies </li></ul><ul><li>Closely monitor behavior of affected students </li></ul><ul><li>Talk with students about the harm caused by bullying. </li></ul>
  9. 9. What can you do if… <ul><li>You’re a Parent: </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your home computer in a public place, living room, kitchen, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Talk with your child regularly about his/her online activities </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage your child to tell you if he or she is aware of someone who is being cyber bullied. </li></ul>
  10. 10. What can you do if… <ul><li>You’re a Teen: </li></ul><ul><li>Refuse to pass along cyber bullying messages </li></ul><ul><li>Tell friends to stop </li></ul><ul><li>Block Communication with cyber bullies </li></ul><ul><li>Report cyber bullying to a trusted adult </li></ul>
  11. 11. What can you do to… <ul><li>Protect yourself: </li></ul><ul><li>Never post or share personal information </li></ul><ul><li>Never share passwords with anyone except your parents </li></ul><ul><li>Never meet anyone face-to-face who you only know online </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to your parents about what you do on-line </li></ul>
  12. 12. What can you do if … <ul><li>You are the victim: </li></ul><ul><li>Do not respond </li></ul><ul><li>Tell an adult you know and trust </li></ul><ul><li>Do not erase messages </li></ul><ul><li>Get help – never arrange to meet someone </li></ul>
  13. 13. Cyber bullying is… Everyone’s Business!!! The best response is a preventive response!!