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1 Cyber Bullying Kerrville ISD Micah Wrase, LSSP

2 Similarities/Differences BULLYING DIRECT (face to face) Occurs on school property Poor relationships with teachers Reaction: Fear retribution Physical: Hitting, Punching & Shoving Verbal: Teasing, Name calling & Gossip Nonverbal: Use of gestures & Exclusion CYBERBULLYING ANONYMOUS Immediate Not limited to physical locale Good relationships with teachers Reaction: Fear loss of technology privileges Further under the radar than bullying Harder to prove Emotional reactions cannot be determined

3 Computers Cell Phones Mobile Devices , IM, Social Networking Sites (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter), Websites (hate sites, Bulletin Boards, Chatrooms), text messaging, voic Center on Media and Child Health, 2007 What technology is used?

4 Statistics: i-Safe survey 58% of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online 53% of kids admit having said something mean or hurtful things to another online 42% of kids have been bullied while online

5 Hate Sites 50% had seen or heard of a hate site bashing of another student 75% had visited a hate site 450 – 500 : # of “hard core” hate sites on the internet right now.

6 Prevalence of Cyber Bullying Cyber bullying typically starts at about 9 years of age and usually ends after 14 years of age; Cyber bullying typically starts at about 9 years of age and usually ends after 14 years of age; after 14, it becomes cyber or sexual harassment due to nature of acts and age of actors (Aftab) Affects 65-85% of kids directly or indirectly through close friends and family (Aftab) Affects 65-85% of kids directly or indirectly through close friends and family (Aftab)

7 True Examples Elementary School in Fairfax, Va. last year: 6 th grade students conducted an online poll to determine the ugliest classmate, school officials say. Canadian teenager David Knight’s life became hell when a group of his school mates established a “Hate David Knight” website and posted disparaging pictures and abuse and invited the global community to join in the hate campaign. Canadian teenager David Knight’s life became hell when a group of his school mates established a “Hate David Knight” website and posted disparaging pictures and abuse and invited the global community to join in the hate campaign.

8 True Examples When Joanne had a fight with a longtime friend last year, she had no idea it would spill into cyberspace. But what started as a spat at a teenage sleepover swiftly escalated into a three-month harangue of threatening e- mails and defacement of her weblog. "It was a non- stop nightmare," says Joanne, 14, a freshman at a private high school in Southern California. "I dreaded going on my computer."

9 Effects of Cyber Bullying Psychological, physical, and emotional Psychological, physical, and emotional depression, anxiety, anger depression, anxiety, anger increased isolation and self-destructive behavior increased isolation and self-destructive behavior school failure, school avoidance, school violence, and suicide school failure, school avoidance, school violence, and suicide

10 Effects of Cyber Bullying (slander, defamation, terroristic threats, sexual exploitation, hate crime. Legal consequences for school and families (slander, defamation, terroristic threats, sexual exploitation, hate crime. (trust issues, privacy issues) Family Complications (trust issues, privacy issues) Very difficult to take back once it begins.

11 CYBER BULLY PROFILES “ Inadvertent “ Inadvertent ” Role-play Role-play Responding Responding May not realize it’s cyber bullying May not realize it’s cyber bullying “ Vengeful Angel ” Righting wrongs Righting wrongs Protecting themselves Protecting themselves “ Mean Girls ” Bored; Entertainment Bored; Entertainment Ego based; promote own social status Ego based; promote own social status Often do in a group Often do in a group Intimidate on and off line Intimidate on and off line Need others to bully; if isolated, stop Need others to bully; if isolated, stop Power-Hungry “ Power-Hungry ”  Want reaction  Controlling with fear Revenge of the Nerds “ Revenge of the Nerds ” (“Subset of Power-Hungry”)  Often Victims of school-yard bullies  Throw ‘cyber-weight’ around  Not school-yard bullies like Power-Hungry & Mean Girls {Parry Aftab. Esq., Executive Director, WiredSafety.org}

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13 Prevention for Parents/Students Build your own “SafetyNET” Keep mobile device in a place easy to monitor Family plan (from Sprint, AT&T, etc) Use monitoring software and/or blocking/filtering (internetsafety.com) Work with the school, authorities, and ISP

14 Building a “SafetyNET” (Community Ed, wiredsafety.org) Get tech literate (Community Ed, wiredsafety.org) (isafe.org, stopcyberbullying.org) Communicate with children about the issue (isafe.org, stopcyberbullying.org) Support the victims Don’t blame the victim Don’t freak out

15 Response for Parents Ensure your child feels safe, secure THOROUGHLY investigate situation Refrain from immediate banning Contact parents of Cyberbully

16 Response for Parents Talk to other parents (build own network) Apply firm but realistic consequences Talk to your child about the problem - educate

17 What We Can ALL Do … From ‘Demystifying and De-escalating Cyber Bullying’ by Barbara Trolley, Ph.D. CRC, Connie Hanel, i.ehow.com/.../ /bully-main_Full.jpg


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