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1 Cyber bully – The new kid on the Block Internet Safety for Schools in the Digital Age Meridianville Middle SchoolMrs. Sandra Maneice AustinAssistant PrincipalAugust 1, 2011
2 Internet Safety for Schools in the Digital Age Technology is a integral part of the teaching and learning process in today’s school systems. As innovative technological advancements have emerged, so have problems with cyber bullying. Cyber bullying can be done at school, but most children commit these acts of bullying in the comforts of their own homes.
3 The purpose of the workshop is to promote awareness of the seriousness of cyber bullying. WE WILL:Define and discuss cyber bullyingDiscuss how cyber bullying affects all parties involvedDescribe preventive strategies and interventions for cyber bullyingDiscuss the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)Discuss the importance of the Madison County Board of Education (MCBOE) Acceptable Use and Internet Safety Policy
4 What is cyber bullying?Cyber bullying involves sending or posting hurtful, embarrassing, or threatening text or images using the internet, cell phones or other digital communication devices.Using these technologies, cyber bullies can reach a wide group of people very quickly.
5 Cyber bullying is the inappropriate use of: sText messagingChat roomsInstant MessagingWebsitesOnline gamesCell phonesSocial networking sites (Face book, Twitter)PhotosBlogs
6 Cyber bullying can include acts as: Making threatsSending provocative insults or racial slursGay bashingInfecting the victim’s computer with a virusFlooding an inbox with messagesSpreading rumorsPosting false or private informationGetting other people to post or send hurtful messagesExcluding someone from an online group
7 Six Common forms of cyber bullying Harassment –Repeatedly sending offensive, rude, and insulting messagesDenigration – Distributing information about another that is derogatory and untrue through posting it on a Web page, sending it to others through or instant messaging, or posting or sending digitally altered photos of someoneFlaming: Online “fighting” using electronic messages with angry, vulgar language
8 Six Common forms of cyber bullying continued…… 4.Impersonation: Breaking into an or social networking account and using that person’s online identity to send or post vicious or embarrassing material to/about others5.Outing and Trickery: Sharing someone's secrets or embarrassing information, or tricking someone into revealing secrets or embarrassing information and forwarding it to others6.Cyber stalking: Repeatedly sending messages that include threats of harm or are highly intimidating or emerging in other online activities that make a person afraid for his or her safetyNancy Willard,
9 Warning signs of cyber bullying The warning signs of cyber bullying are similar to those for traditional bullying in terms of emotional effects. However, there are some differences. It is important to keep in mind that some children who are cyber bullied may also be experiencing traditional bullying at school.A child may be experiencing cyber bullying if he or she:appears sad, moody, or anxiousavoids schoolwithdraws from or shows a lack of interest in social activitiesexperiences a drop in grades or decline in academic performanceappears upset after using the computer or being onlineAppears upset after viewing a text message on a cell phone
10 Signs your child is a cyber bully Uses the computer at all times of the nightQuickly closes screen or program when someone walks inGets usually upset when he or she can’t get to a computerLaughing excessively when using the computerUses multiple online accounts
11 Bully / Cyber bully– What’s the difference? AnonymousOccurs off school propertyGood relationships with teachersFear loss of technology privilegesFurther under the radar than bullyingEmotional reactions cannot be determinedBullyDirectOccur on school propertyPoor relationships with teachersFear retributionPhysical: hitting, punching, & shovingVerbal: teasing, name calling & gossipNonverbal: use of gestures, & exclusion
12 Why some kids cyber bully others? Who knows why? When it comes to cyber bullying, kids are often motivated by:angerrevengejealousyfrustrationlaughsmean girlsthe need for entertainment or because they are boredhaving too much time on their hands and too many tech toys available to themrighting wrong and standing up for others
13 Cyber harassment / cyber stalking Teachers and adults can also be threaten or embarrassed using technological devices. By definition, cyber bullying occurs among young people. When an adult is involved, it is called cyber harassment or cyber stalking, which are crimes that can have legal consequences and may involve jail time.
14 Prevalence of Cyber bullying according to www.wiredsafety.org 90% of middle school students have had their feelings hurt online.75% have visited a Web site bashing another student40% have had their password(s) stolen and changed by a bully.Only 15% of parents polled knew what cyber bullying was.
16 Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a federal law enacted by Congress to address concerns about access to offensive content over the internet on school and library computers. CIPA imposes certain types of requirements on any school or library that receives funding from internet access or internet connections from the E-rate program – a program that makes certain communications technology more affordable for eligible schools and libraries.Additional information on Internet Safety Policy requirements and provisions can be found in the CIPA policy primer available on the E-Rate Central Web site at:
18 What the school system is doing to prevent cyber bullying The Madison County School system is in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and utilizes the E-rate discount for internet access and internal connections.The system has in place an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and Internet Policy.1. Students are required to have the AUP signed by a parent or guardian2. Employees are required to sign the appropriate forms3. These forms are kept on file at the local school4. The policy has specified violations and consequencesThe Madison County Board of Education (MCBOE) has partnered with i-SAFE to provide internet safety education in all K-12 schools. I-SAFE is a program designed to educate and empower educators and students of being safe and responsible when using the internet.
19 Technology – (Policies & Forms) MADISON COUNTY SCHOOLS ACCEPTABLE USE AND INTERNET SAFETY POLICY Approved by the Madison County Board of Education, November 6, 2001Technology – (Policies & Forms)
20 CONSEQUENCES OF VIOLATIONS Consequences of violations include but are not limited to: Suspension of information network access Revocation of information network access Suspension of network privileges Revocation of network privileges Suspension of computer access Revocation of computer access School suspensionSchool expulsionLegal action and prosecution by the authorities - policies & forms
21 When schools get involved in the discipline of a student for cyber bulling actions that took place off-campus and outside school hours, they are often sued for exceeding their authority and violating the student’s free speech right. Schools can work with parents to stop and remedy cyber bullying situations. They can also educate the students on cyber ethics and the law. It is imperative that schools have students and parents read and sign the school’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) which reserves the right to discipline a student for actions taken off-campus. This makes it a contractual, not a constitutional issue.
22 Ways to prevent cyber bullying at school Educate the staff, students and families about cyber bullying.Update and post anti-bullying policies to address cyber bullying in a prominent place.Use filtering and tracking software on all computers.Closely monitor students’ use of computers .Investigate any and all reports of cyber bullying immediately.Take action if cyber bullying occurs through the district's internet system. Remember you are liable for damages if you don’t.Notify parents of victims and parents of known cyber bullies.Notify the police if the known or suspected cyber bully involves a threat.Closely monitor the behavior of cyber bullying victims.Investigate to see if the victim of cyber bullying could use support from a counselor or other resource specialist.
23 What can YOU do to prevent cyber bullying? Tell someone if you are cyber bullied(Administrator, Teacher, Counselor, Parent, Friend)Don’t open and read messages from someone you don’t knowDon’t give out any personal details onlineREMEMBER that people in chat rooms might not really be who they say they areProtect yourself – never meet with anyone you have met onlineTHINK BEFORE YOU WRITE: don’t leave yourself open to bullyingResource:
24 Cyber bullying Tips for Parents Keep computers in visible places so that you can monitor use.Talk with children about safe and responsible use of the internet and cell phones, and about the dangers of cyber bullying.Discuss what to do when cyber bullying occurs. Teach children not to respond to bullies. Show them how to block or delete messages.Remind children not to share any personal information online.Encourage children to tell you if they are being cyber bullied or know others who are. Assure them that you will help them deal with the problem.Collect information about all threats.Set limits on computer and monitor often!
25 Cyber bullying Resources Keeping children safe in cyberspace becomes more important as new technology develops. Cyber bullying can be prevented if we teach children how to recognize and prevent it. For more information on cyber bullying check out the following resources:National Crime prevention Council website, This website contains cyber bullying and internet safety for parentsWired safety provides Internet safety information for children, teens, and adults. The website also has and important resource for parents – a downloadable translator for cyber lingo and acronyms used by teensprovides relevant cyber bullying prevention and Internet safety information for parents, teachers, and police officers, as well as children and youthIncludes information for adults regarding cyber bullying and face- to-face-bullying. The site also offers information for children ages about cyber bullyingCenter for Safe and Responsible Internet use, This website has guides for parents, teachers and students to addresses issues of online safety, security, and ethics
26 Cyber bullying resources continued Cyber bullying Research Center, The Cyber bullying Research Center provides cyber bullying research, stories, cases, downloads, fact sheets, online quizzes, tips and strategies news headlines, and a frequently updated blogCyber Security for the Digital District, CoSN provides information and tools for K-12 technology leaders and policy makers to help them protect information security, and understand/develop policies and procedures to promote online safety to ensure that technology helps contribute o their primary goal of teaching and learningNet Smartz for kids: Use your Net Smartz, This website offers en videos about online safety for younger children. Video topics include recognizing potential viruses, creating passwords, and identifying predatorsi-SAFE, i-SAFE’s easy-to-use professional training for educators is online trough a series of video modules. Educators learn i-SAFE’s core topics and become certified to train/teach othersi-SHIELD for Law Enforcement,Nancy Willard, http:
27 SummaryCyber bullying is a major issue confronting administrators, teachers, parents, and students. With the implementation of preventative strategies, the goal is to eliminate cyber bullying. Administrators, teachers and parents must collaborate and take appropriate actions when discovered. It is vital that children are educated about cyber bullying within the school system and in the home.