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Cyber Bullying The newest form of bullying.. What is cyber bullying?  Being cruel to others by sending or posting harmful material using technological.

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1 Cyber Bullying The newest form of bullying.

2 What is cyber bullying?  Being cruel to others by sending or posting harmful material using technological means; and individual or group that uses information and communication involving electronic technologies to facilitate deliberate and repeated harassment or threat to an individual or group  Also known as “electronic bullying” and “online social cruelty”.

3 Examples of Cyber Bullying  Threatening  Rude or threatening instant messages  Repeated texts  Website set up to mock or intimidate a person  Using someone else’s screen name and posting messages, pictures, videos, etc.  Chat room posts

4 Differences of bullying and cyber bullying  DIRECT  Occurs on school property  Poor relationships with teachers  Fear retribution – Physical: hitting, punching, & shoving Verbal: teasing, name calling, & gossip Verbal: teasing, name calling, & gossip Nonverbal: use of gestures & exclusion Nonverbal: use of gestures & exclusion  ANONYMOUS  Occurs off school property  Good relationships with teachers  Fear loss of technology privileges  Further under the radar than bullying  Emotional reactions cannot be determined

5 Cyber Bully Categories “Inadvertent” - role play - responding - may not realize it’s cyber bullying “ Vengeful Angel” - righting wrongs - protecting themselves “Mean Girls” - bored; entertainment - ego based; promote own social status - often do it in a group - intimidate on and off line - need others to bully; if isolated, stop “Power Hungry” - want reaction - controlling “Revenge of the Nerds” - often victims of school yard bullies - throw cyber weight around - not school yard bullies more like power hungry and mean girls

6 Cyber Bullying Types  Flaming – online fights using angry and vulgar language  Harassment – repeatedly sending offensive, rude, and insulting messages  Cyber stalking – repeatedly sending messages that include threats and are highly intimidating.  Denigration – dissing someone online. Posting gossip or rumors to damage reputations and friendships.

7 Cyber Bullying Types  Impersonation – pretending to be someone else online.  Outing and trickery – sharing secrets or embarrassing information online.  Exclusion – intentionally excluding someone from an online group.

8 Cyber Bullying Occurance  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 the nature of the acts and age of parties involved.  Affects 65-85% of kids at some time during their adolescence.

9 Cyber bullying occurrence cont.  90% of middle school students polled have had their feelings hurt online.  65% of students between 8-14 have been involved directly or indirectly in cyber bullying (the bully, victim, or friend of one)  50% had seen or heard of a website bashing of another student  75% had visited a website bashing

10 Occurrence cont.  40% had their password stolen and changed by a bully (locking them out of their own account) or sent communications posing as them  Problems in studies: not assessing the real thing i.e. Only 15% of parents polled knew what cyber bullying was

11 I have received mean or threatening or other messages.

12 Legal Issues  Who may be involved:  School counselor  Principal  Resource officer  Police  Attorney  Superintendent  Internet service provider School limits: School limits:  Schools have policies against bullying Civil Law Limits: Civil Law Limits:  Cyber bullying may also meet standards for “institutional torts” (wrong doings) Defamation Defamation Material that constitutes an invasion of privacy Material that constitutes an invasion of privacy (1 st Ammendment) (1 st Ammendment) Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress

13 Legal Issues continued  The following kinds of speech can lead to arrest & prosecution:  Making threats of violence  Engaging in coercion  Obscene or harassing phone calls  Harassment or stalking  Hate or bias crimes  Creating or sending sexually explicit images of teens  Sexual exploitation  Taking a photo of someone in a place where privacy is expected

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