Bullying and Cyber-bullying Information
• Harassment -repeatedly sending nasty, mean and insulting messages
• Denigration -"dissing" someone online; sending or posting gossip or rumors about a person to damage his or her reputation or friendship
• Impersonation -pretending to be someone else and sending or pasting material to get that person in trouble or danger or damage that person's reputation or friendships
• Outing -sharing someone's secrets or embarrassing information or images online
• Trickery - tricking someone into revealing secrets or embarrassing information, then sharing it online
• Exclusion -intentionally and cruelly excluding someone form an online group
• Cyberstalking -repeated, intense harassment and denigration that includes threats or creates significant fear
• Almost 40% were disrespected, over 12% were threatened, and about 5% were scared for their safety.
• Negative emotional responses included significant amounts of frustration, anger and sadness.
• 28% of youth indicated that they had been bullied via email.
• Over 40% of youth who were cyberbullied did not tell anyone about the incident.
• Unexpectedly stops using the computer
• Appears nervous or jumpy when an instant message or email appears
• Appears uneasy about going to school or outside in general
• Appears to be angry, depressed, or frustrated after using the computer
• Avoids discussions about what he or she is doing on the computer
• Becomes abnormally withdrawn from usual friends and family members
A child may be cyberbullying others if he or she…
• Quickly switches screens or closes programs when you walk by
• Uses the computer at all hours of the night
• Gets unusually upset if he or she cannot use the computer
• Laughs excessively while using the computer
• Is using multiple online accounts, or an account that is not his or her own
• Parents must regularly monitor the online activities in which children are engaged.
• Parents should also encourage an open dialogue with their children regarding issues of safety and responsible internet use.
• Teachers must take care to supervise students as they use computers in the classroom and should consider incorporating discussions of issues related to cyber safety in their curriculum where appropriate.
• School liaison officers and law enforcement officials must investigate all instances of harassment-including electronic bullying-and hold responsible parties accountable.
Assume that EVERYONE has access to your profile and will use the information to cause your harm.
Assume there are predators out there trying to find you based on the information you provide in your profile.
"Popular internet social networking sites such as myspace.com, facebook.com, xanga.com, personal blogs and web pages are prime places for cyberbullying."