2What kind of legacy will you choose? One person can have a positive impact on others.Kindness & respect Increased self esteem and happinessThis ACTION starts a CHAIN REACTION OF KINDNESS AND COMPASSION throughout the school that leads to a happier, healthier atmosphere
3Cyber-bullyingToday we will talk about an opposite way of treating others that is becoming more common today: CYBER-BULLYINGThe effects of cyber-bullying can be very damaging to another person!Cyber-bullying depression, isolation, low self worth, fearfulness
4What is cyber-bullying? Cyber-bullying is :the use of cell phones or the internet to send hurtful messages or post information the damages people’s reputation and friendships
5Examples of Cyber-bullying repeatedly sending mean messagesposting gossip or rumorssharing someone’s secretspretending to be someone else and sending information to get that person in trouble.excluding someone from an online group
6Don’t Give Power to Bullies If someone had stood up when the bullying began and tried to stop the ringleaders, the outcomes may be different. Bullying quickly escalates when no one steps in to stand up for the victim.
7What to do if you are Cyber-bullied Never retaliate. Keep your hands off the keyboard until you have calmed down enough to figure out what to do.Always save the evidence. Download harmful material, save chats or IMs. Don’t keep looking at it. It will only make you feel worse.Tell an adult. Do not try to keep this to yourself!!
8What to do if you are Cyber-bullied Tell the cyber-bully to stop and then ignore them. Say “stop sending messages” or “remove material you posted”. Make sure your message is not emotional.File a complaint with the web site or service. Most services prohibit bullying behavior.Change your address and phone number.
9Preventing Cyber-bullying Protect yourself. Never provide information or images in electronic form that could be used against you.Examine how you are communicating. Be sure that you are not communicating in a way that is hurting feelings.Find new friends if the group you are trying to be friends with are treating you badly.
10Don’t be a Cyber-bullyMany people have sent messages that they wish they had not. If you have posted angry or hurtful information, remove it and apologize.Bullies don’t just lose their temper and make a mistake. They intentionally put others down to try to make themselves feel more important. They defend their actions.Whenever you use electronic communications you are leaving traces and footprints that lead back to you. Eventually people can figure out who you are and hold you accountable for the harm you have caused.
11Response to cyber-bullying Be a friend to the victim. Encourage them to report and to stay off the damaging electronic sites. Report the bullying to the school the victim attends. You can download the material anonymously. Tell your parents and ask their guidance.
12Response to Cyber-bullying Bullies love an audience and a reaction!!Don’t join in!!Be the one who stands up against Cyber- bullying in your online communications
13Discussion questions Have you ever experienced cyber-bullying? How did it impact you?How did it stop?Why do you think teens don’t tell their parents what is going on online?What should you Not do if you are Cyber-bullied? Why?Would you say anything online that you would not say in person?What can you do if you see someone else being cyber- bullied?
14The Big Thank YouA program to write letters to service men and women overseas during the holiday season. If you are interested, please see the information following this slide.
15The Big Thank YouEach letter should be heartfelt, handwritten, original, and free of any political statements. The purpose of the letter is to express thanks to the military personnel currently deployed outside the United States. We reserve the right to eliminate those messages that are political in nature and do not reflect a positive message in the spirit of Thanksgiving. Those letters will be destroyed.All letters must be on 8.5” x 11” paper or smaller. Do not use glue, tape, staples, cardboard, glitter or otherwise attach anything to the paper. Decorate using crayons, pencil, etc. Use both sides if you like, but use one page per letter only. Do not send cards or photographs. Feel free to include your mailing and address, and you may get a response. Individual letters should not be sealed in envelopes.
16The Big Thank YouIf you wish to participate, hand in your letters to your homeroom teacher or Ms. Manning.