224/7 Media iPod PC computer chatroom iPhone Cell phone FaceBook blog FriendsSocial NetworkingiPhoneLaughingUploadingCell phoneHarmingFaceBookPlayingblog24/7 MedialaptopResearchingSkypeChattingSharingMySpaceCryingRole-playing gamesInstant MessagingDownloadingCommunicating
3“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ~Ben Franklin
4Media is good in a safe setting with adult supervision. SchoolLibraryHomeWatchAskTalk
5Cyberbullying What is it? How can I prevent it? What are the signs of cyberbulling?What can I do as a minor?What can I do as a parent?What is the school’s law?What is Maine’s law?
6Cyberbullying: What is it? It’s when a teen (minor) or group of teens (minors) repeatedly torment, threaten, harass, embarrass, or target another child (minor) using technologyThe four types of cyberbullies include:The Vengeful AngelThe Power-Hungry or Revenge of the NerdsThe “Mean Girls”The Inadvertent Cyberbully or “Because I Can”
8“The Vengeful Angel”Doesn’t see themselves as a bully, just righting wrongs,Can reflect an offline action to get revengegenerally work alone, but may share with close friends or those felt to have been bulliedNEED TO KNOW:Don’t take justice into their own handsFighting bullying with bullying makes things worseSee themselves as bullies, not as a do-gooderFind out what made them do thisSolutions require the situation be reviewed; address the underlying problemSeek counselingThese cyberbullies will try to take justice into their own hands less often ifmeasures are put in place to help them seek justice.
9The “Power-Hungry” & “Revenge of the Nerds” May be female, or physically smaller with technical skillWant to exert their authorityIntent is to frighten or embarrass their victimsSometimes the kids want to hurt another kid.Sometimes they just don’t like the other kid.No different than the offline bullies, except the method.Usually need an audience.Often brag about their actions.They want a reaction—no matter whatEmpowered by hiding behind the Internet and never have to confront their victim.Target their victims one-on-one and don’t tell friends, only with others they feel would be sympathetic.Don’t realize seriousness.They also often resort to cyberbullying-by-proxy. Because of this and their tech skills, they can be the most dangerous of all cyberbullies.
10“The Inadvertent Cyberbully" Don’t think they are cyberbullies at all.Pretending to be tough online, or role playingMay be reacting to hateful or provocative messages receivedUnlike the Revenge of the Nerds cyberbullies, they just respond without thinking about the consequences of their actions. Send without thinking.They may feel hurt, or angry because of a communication sent to them, or something they have seen online.Respond in anger or frustrationWhen role-playing online, they target someone without understanding seriousness“Because I Can” and for the fun of itDone to friends, joking around, but their friend may not recognize them as friend or takes it seriouslyDone alone, and surprised when accused
11“Mean Girls” Bored or looking for entertainment Ego-based and most immature cyberbullyTypically femaleBully other females more than malesUsually done or planned in a groupOccurs from school library or slumber party, or family room after schoolRequires an audienceWant to be ID’d and acknowledged they can cyberbully others.Grows by group admiration, cliques or by those who let it happenQuickly ends if entertainment is not reached
12Photoshop can allow innocent pictures to become potentially hurtful.
13Do I need my cell phone at school? No!School phones are available.Afterschool functions have set times.If you feel your child needs it after school, let the school know.Cyberbullying can happen here, and even on the bus ride home.
14Bullying Defined by Woodland School Board For the purpose of this policy, "bullying" means any physical act or gesture intentional exclusion or isolation of others, or any verbally, written, or electronically communicated expression that:A. A reasonable person should expect will have the effect of: Physically harming a student or damaging a student's property; Placing a student in reasonable fear of physical harm or damage to his/her property; or Substantially disrupting the instructional program or the orderly operations of the school; or B. Is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, hostile educational environment for the student who is bullied.
15Woodland Consolidated School’s View on Bullying—Online or Offline “This school will not tolerate behavior that infringes on the safety of any student or staff member. Students, school staff, parents, volunteers, and community members shall not intimidate or harass another person through words or actions in the school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, at designated bus stops, or at other school sponsored activities or events.It also applies to bullying that occurs at any other time or place that substantially disrupts the instructional program, operations of the school, or welfare of students." "C. Cyber-bullying harassment (examples of such communications may include but are not limited to: , online chat blogs, texting, cell phones, social networking web sites like Facebook, and/or other electronic media)"
16Visit ourhttps://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0Ae9F7j41rJ0sZHdnajVtel81MzZnN3ZxcHNkcw&sort=name&layout=list&pid=0B-9F7j41rJ0sMjU0ZTljZGItNmZjMy00MjBjLTkxMDMtNGExZDM1N2NkY2My&cindex=149ORClick on the Woodland linkClick on the School Board Policy linkGo to the JICK page
17When Should I Be Concerned? Are the comments using lewd language?Are the comments vague or threatening bodily harm?Is this a one-time communication?Are comments by more than one person?Learn more and take a survey at
18Signs of Being Bullied Closes windows when you enter Behavioral changesDoes not want to go to school eventsStories don’t add upHomework not doneWon’t say who they’re talking toWon’t leave houseUnexplained pictures on the computerTrouble sleepingCrying for no reasonStomach and headachesLack of appetiteFind out more at
19What can be done? Stop, Block, & Tell Don’t reply. Step away from the mouseBlock the senderTell an adultTell your internet provider/phone serviceDo not agree to a meetingTell school so they can watch & check on victimIf it repeats or is threatening, inform policeDo not delete the messages
21Do I need to inform the police? Is it only a flame? Not much can be done about it. The closer it comes to reallife threats, the more likely you have to get involved as law enforcement. has a thorough checklist
22The Law They both have to be underage. Frequency of threats Source of threatsDoes the targeted child know the offender?Is there more than one offender?Threats are tricky ranging from:You are stupid! toI am going to kill you!
23Maine P.L. 2005, Ch. 307 Statute Title 20‐A 1001.15H (2005) “requires school administrative units to establish procedures and policies to address bullying, harassment, and sexual harassment based on the model policies developed by Subcommittee on School and Community Climate of the Children's Cabinet.” SP035501: Current law requires each school board to adopt a policy that addresses injurious hazing. This bill defines "cyberbullying" as injurious hazing by any verbal, textual or graphic communication of any kind effected, created or transmitted by the use of any electronic device, including but not limited to a computer, telephone, cellular telephone, text messaging device and personal digital assistant. Punishment is up to the School Board.
24BibliographyParry, A. (n.d.). Stop Cyberbullying. Retrieved February 17, 2011, from WiredKids, Inc website:Besley, B. (n.d.). “Always On? Always Aware!”. Retrieved February 18, 2011, from website:Hinduja, S., & Patchin, J. W. (2011, February). State Cyberbullying Laws. In Retrieved February 19, 2011, fromWoodland School Board. (2006, October). Bullying. In Woodland School Board Policy Handbook. Retrieved February 20, 2011, from https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0Ae9F7j41rJ0sZHdnajVtel81MzZnN3ZxcHNkcw&s ort=name&layout=list&pid=0B- 9F7j41rJ0sMjU0ZTljZGItNmZjMy00MjBjLTkxMDMtNGExZDM1N2NkY2My&cindex= 149Special thanks to Laurie Sheehan and my sixth graders