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Cyberbullying: What Parents Need to Know. Technology is Here to Stay Technology has changed the world in many ways. Most of those changes have been positive;

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1 Cyberbullying: What Parents Need to Know

2 Technology is Here to Stay Technology has changed the world in many ways. Most of those changes have been positive; however, one negative has been the development of a new form of bullying… cyberbullying.

3 What is Cyberbullying? When a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, cell phone or other digital technology. Usually not a one-time thing, repetition or frequency of communication is a major indicator of cyberbullying.

4 Methods of Cyberbullying Instant messaging (IM) Texting Chatrooms

5 Is It Cyberbullying? Repeated s or IMs Following the child around online, into chat rooms, favorite web sites, etc. Building fake profiles, web sites or posing as your child’s or IM Planting statements to provoke third-party stalking and harassment

6 Is It Cyberbullying? Signing your child up for porn sites and ing lists and junk and IM. Breaking in to their accounts online Sharing intimate information about the child (sexual, special problems, etc.) Sharing contact information about the child coupled with a sexual solicitation (“for a good time call …” )

7 Is It Cyberbullying? Stealing or otherwise accessing their passwords Posting images of the child online (taken from any source, including video and photo phones) Posting real or doctored sexual images of the child online Sharing personal information about the child

8 Is It Cyberbullying? Encouraging that others share their top ten hit lists or ugly lists online and including your child on that list Posting and encouraging others to post nasty comments on your child’s blog Sending threats to others or attacking others while posing as your child

9 Is It Cyberbullying? Registering your child’s name and setting up a bash web site or profile Posting rude or provocative comments while posing as your child (such as insulting racial minorities at a web site devoted to that racial minority) Sending spam or malware to others while posing as your child

10 Is It Cyberbullying? Posting your child’s text-messaging address or cell phone number online to encourage abuse and increase your child’s text-messaging or cell phone charges Sending “jokes” or rude things about your child to others or mailing lists Copying others on your child’s private and IM communications Posting bad reviews or feedback on your child

11 Why is Cyberbullying on the Rise? 75% of teens own cell phones Over 95% use the Internet regularly Texting beat out every other form of daily communication for teens 88% of teens text Unlimited texting plans mean teens are sending on average over 3000 texts per month

12 Why Do Teens Cyberbully? Anger Frustration Justice or Defense of Others Entertainment To Feel Better About Themselves Boredom Humor To Be Popular It’s Anonymous!

13 Signs That Your Teen Might Be a Victim of Cyberbullying Signs of emotional distress during or after Internet or phone use Being very secretive of digital life Withdrawal from friends and activities Avoidance of school or group gatherings Grades are falling Changes in mood, behavior, sleep or appetite Long hours on the computer Less attentive in school Frequent complaints of illness or requests to stay home Emotionally distant

14 Impact of Cyberbullying on Teens No Safe Place: Bullying now follows teens wherever they go-even home. Anxiety Depression Stress-Related Disorders Academic Failure

15 What to Do if Your Teen is Being Cyberbullied Talk to your teen: Let your child know that it is not his/her fault. Talk to your teen before calling anyone else: Teens don’t want to be considered “snitches”. Do not over-react. Do not under-react: Take it seriously. Using phrases such as “let it go” might minimize the problem.

16 What to Do if Your Teen is Being Cyberbullied Have your teen “Take 5”: Put down the electronics and do something he/she loves to do for five minutes Digitally block the bully Limit access to technology: Keep the computer in a public place in the home Use parental controls to monitor Seek counseling if necessary

17 What to Do if Your Teen is Being Cyberbullied Be Informed: Use sites such as netlingo.com to learn terminology of digital communication If bullying persists or becomes more severe: Use monitoring software to document, then report to authorities

18 What to Do if Your Teen is Cyberbullying Address the problem immediately Make it clear that bullying of any kind is unacceptable Remind your teen that use of cell phones and computers is a privilege that can be taken away Make clear the serious consequences if the behavior continues Be sure to follow through on consequences the first time. This shows your teen that you are serious.

19 Resources stopcyberbullying.org safetyweb.com kidshealth.org netlingo.com wiredsafety.org

20 References Beale, A. V., & Hall, K. R. (2007). Cyberbullying: What school administrators (and parents) can do. Clearing House, 81(1), Retrieved from EBSCOhost. html# html# statistics.html


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