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© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Cyberbullying: Growing up on the Digital Playground Dr. Charles D. Knutson Brigham Young University www.charlesknutson.net.

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1 © 2009 Charles D. Knutson Cyberbullying: Growing up on the Digital Playground Dr. Charles D. Knutson Brigham Young University

2 © 2009 Charles D. Knutson Victims  12 year-old girl from Virginia: "Being bullied makes me feel really bad, and I often get depressed later at home. I would also plot revenge and privately express my 'hatred' towards the bully, but I doubt I would really do anything about it... I don't usually go to adults to 'tattle' on people, even though I know it's not tattling, it's real." 2

3 © 2009 Charles D. Knutson Victims  14 year-old girl from New Jersey: "Being bullied besides over the internet is worse. It's torment and hurts. They say 'sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.' That quote is a lie and I don't believe in it. Sticks and stones may cause nasty cuts and scars, but those cuts and scars will heal. Insultive words hurt and sometimes take forever to heal." 3

4 © 2009 Charles D. Knutson Victims  12 year-old girl from Michigan:  "The internet is not a place to harass others or hurt them. The internet is supposed to be a place that is safe and fun for people, not a place to be criticized or harassed. I used to be bullied at school frequently and I was sometimes hurt so badly that I had to fake sick at school just so I could go home. One girl actually told me she would come and murder my parents and kill me personally. She made me cry so hard that I threw up. So, I know firsthand what its like to be bullied beyond your imagination." 4

5 © 2009 Charles D. Knutson Victims  13 year-old girl from Virginia: "When I still had AOL, this one guy asked me how I looked and wanted to know about my body and stuff and I just flat out told him leave me alone!!! I would have reported him but AOL wouldn't even let me block him without parental permission so he bullied me and stuff online when ever I got on. I felt horrible. That was over four years ago and I still remember every thing he said to me. Every exact word. I felt awful. I hated it. I wanted to tell my parents but I was afraid that they would never let me chat again and I know that's how a lot of other kids feel. It is a bad feeling knowing that people that don't know you are judging you." 5

6 © 2009 Charles D. Knutson Offenders  15 year-old boy from undisclosed location: "Well the only reason I bullied is because the same person I was doing it to, did it to me like a week before. It wasn't the right thing to do but at the time it felt like I was getting revenge." 6

7 © 2009 Charles D. Knutson Offenders  15 year-old girl from Canada: "Sometimes I get insulted for no reason because i said my mind so then I get into a fight and feel good when i convince the person/change their perspective/prove I'm right because it shows I have an impact on people. Once I got into a huge fight because these girls were bullying one of my friends and I tried to tell them to stop resulting in them insulting me very badly but me getting insulting them all the same. They made threats to beat her up, what else could I do? They printed out what I said but not what they said and showed the principal. I got in a lot of trouble but talked my way out of it telling the TRUTH (something THEY didn’t do) and got let off with a warning." 7

8 © 2009 Charles D. Knutson First cyberbullying suicide 8

9 © 2009 Charles D. Knutson Some statistics 9

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20 © 2009 Charles D. Knutson Cyberbullying 20  Cyberbullying  Minors harassing minors  Cyberstalking or Cyberharassment  Adults involved  Use technology to harass or intimidate someone else  May involve any and every possible form of digital communication

21 © 2009 Charles D. Knutson Cyberbullying  Leave threatening messages  Multiple teens leaving tons of junk messages  Send inappropriate material  Post private information about the victim online  Post false information about the victim online 21

22 © 2009 Charles D. Knutson Cyberbullying  Pose as victim and act obnoxious  Similar identity  Make user name that sounds like the victim  Pose as the user via similar account  Stolen identity  Actually steal account/password information  Use victim's accounts/phone  Lock victim out of his or her own accounts 22

23 © 2009 Charles D. Knutson Cyberbullying  Send damaging messages to other teens as if from the victim  Damage the victim's reputation  Install spyware on victim's computer  Then control or damage system  Warning wars  Notify service provider that victim is behaving inappropriately  Victim temporarily denied access 23

24 © 2009 Charles D. Knutson Cyberbullying  Get someone else to abuse the victim  Post personal information about victim online  Others use information against victim  Pose as person and entice a predator or other criminal to victim's house  Can be extremely dangerous 24

25 © 2009 Charles D. Knutson Cyberbullying  Pose as victim, make slanderous, hateful, or bigoted comments in some community  Post screen names and personal cell phone number of victim  Offended community members take it from there 25

26 © 2009 Charles D. Knutson Cyberbullying - Prevention  Protect  Messaging account info  Cell phone number  Other account information  Involve parents as soon as possible  Involve authorities if needed 26

27 © 2009 Charles D. Knutson Cyberbullying - Responses  Confront or challenge the cyberbully  Make it clear that action will be taken  Ignore the cyberbully  Avoid areas of contact  File a complaint  Appropriate authority  Contact the parents  Contact and attorney  Contact law enforcement 27

28 © 2009 Charles D. Knutson Adults can be bullied too  High stakes cyberbullying  Scams and blackmail  Playground behavior at a larger level  Typically more capable of causing damage 28

29 © 2009 Charles D. Knutson Adults can be bullied too 29

30 © 2009 Charles D. Knutson Cyberbullying laws Elizabeth Thrasher now has the dubious honor of being the first person charged with the felony of cyberbullying under a new Missouri state law. Thrasher is accused of posting a photo of a teenage girl, along with personal information about her, in the "Casual Encounters" section of Craigslist. Prosecutors in the case said that the 40-year-old Thrasher posted the girl's picture, address, and cell phone number on the site, which is geared toward people interested in quick sexual encounters. … The 17-year-old girl, who has not been named, reportedly received s, text messages, and cell phone calls from strange men, forcing her to call the police. The incident isn't random--the alleged victim is the daughter of Thrasher's ex- husband's girlfriend … Thrasher and the teen's mother had been arguing, prompting the girl to send a MySpace message to Thrasher telling her to grow up. The situation then escalated when Thrasher created a listing for the teen on the Craigslist adult site. 30

31 © 2009 Charles D. Knutson Parenting guidelines  Children should not loan phones to other kids  Children should protect their account information for everything  , instant messaging, social networking sites, etc. 31

32 © 2009 Charles D. Knutson Parenting guidelines  All of the same parenting guidelines for technology access apply  Kids with limited access are far less vulnerable!  Limit time online  Limit access to cell phone  Limit access to social networks and other technologies 32

33 © 2009 Charles D. Knutson Parenting guidelines  Everything ultimately depends upon relationships between parents and children  Children with healthy outlets within their families are the least at risk in any of the many areas of concern  Including cyberbullying 33

34 © 2009 Charles D. Knutson Questions?  Internet Safety Podcast   Internet Safety Wiki  wiki.internetsafetypodcast.com Dr. Charles Knutson 34


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