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1 Cyber-Bullying and On-line Safety Presented by: Michele Aurand, MS Ed, NCC Western Illinois University Illinois Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers Springfield, IL October 30, 2009

2 Did You Know 4.0 Video

3 Today’s Students More technologically savvy than generations before them Susceptible to issues related to Cyber-Bullying and on- line safety We can help assist students in navigating this relatively new and constantly evolving territory

4 What can we do to help? Teach our students about: - On-line safety - Safe technology usage - Safeguards are in place

5 What do we need to know? Understand the culture of today’s youth Definition of cyber-bullying Familiarity with Social- networking sites On-line safety tips Resources available for assistance

6 Who is Generation Y? Today’s youth are a culture in and of themselves, known as “Generation Y” Today’s youth number approximately 60 million Also known as Millenials or Generation Next Originally coined by teen expert Eric Chester, Generation Y is typified by youth who continually question the standards and expectations imposed by society - Why does it matter? - Why should I care? - Why do I need to know this?

7 Generation Y The National School Safety Center defined the culture of today’s youth as: -Roughly between the ages of 4 and 22 -Using computers since before they were in kindergarten -Will be the bulk of the population within the next 20 years

8 Generation Y & Technology Adults who work with students should be aware: whereas most adults use the Internet primarily for work-related activities, students in the U.S., in general, use it primarily for entertainment and socialization purposes

9 Generation Y & Technology 97% of students own a computer, 94% own a cell phone and 56% own an MP3 player 76% of students use instant messaging, 92% of those reported multitasking while IM-ing 40% of students use television to get most of their news and 34% use the internet This generation spends at least 3.5 hours a day online -Junco & Mastrodicasa

10 Generation Y & Technology For students, the Internet is: - a popular communication tool, like the telephone - a familiar community environment, like the mall or a movie theater It is a place where they can develop their identities, join youth subcultures, relieve boredom, or cope with emotional issues or other personal concerns -Netsafe Kids

11 Today’s youth are more technologically savvy than any other generation… As such, they are susceptible to issues related to cyber-bullying, social networking sites and on-line safety… Generation Y & Technology

12 For example… 89% of sexual solicitations are made in either chat rooms via Instant Messages 20% of children age 10-17 have received unwanted sexual solicitations online-that's one out of every five kids! - 75% of youth who received an online sexual solicitation did not tell a parent 4,000,000 students are posting content to the web everyday 15,000,000 students use Instant Messaging 95% of adults don’t recognize the lingo students use when text messaging or IM-ing

13 How Tech Savvy are you? Working in groups of 3-5 people, look at the following Internet acronyms and Text messaging terms and decide what you think they mean:


15 IM & Texting Lingo 143143 - I love you 182182 - I hate you BRBBRB – Be right back BTWBTW – By the way BCNUBCNU – Be seeing you GNOCGNOC – Get naked on cam (webcam) GR8GR8 -Great ILYILY - I love you IRLIRL – In real life ISOISO - In search of J/KJ/K – Just kidding L8RL8R - Later LMAOLMAO – Laughing my a** off LYLASLYLAS - Love you like a sister LOLLOL – Laughing out loud NIMBYNIMBY - Not in my back yard NPNP - No problem -or- Nosy parents NUBNUB - New person to a site or game OMGOMG – Oh my God P911P911 – Parent alert PALPAL - Parents are listening PAWPAW - Parents are watching PIRPIR – Parent in room POSPOS – Parent over shoulder POVPOV - Point of view RBTLRBTL - Read between the lines ROTFLMAOROTFLMAO – Rolling on the floor laughing my a** off RTRT - Real time THX or TX or THKSTHX or TX or THKS - Thanks STBYSTBY – Sucks to be you SWAKSWAK - Sealed (or Sent) with a kiss TFHTFH – Thread from hell TMITMI - Too much information TTYLTTYL - Talk to you later WTFWTF – What the f***

16 Bullying vs. Cyber-Bullying

17 Talent Show Video

18 Bullying Defined Bullying is repeated acts over time that involves a real or perceived imbalance of power with the more powerful child or group attacking those who are less powerful -Victim is harmed by the physical, verbal or social/emotional tactics employed by the bully -Power imbalance or unfair match between bully and victim -Harmful actions are repeated over time -Hazler, 1996

19 What is Cyber-Bullying? The National Crime Prevention Council’s definition of cyber- bullying is "when the Internet, cell phones or other devices are used to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person Basically, Cyber-Bullying (CB) is using technology to harass or intimidate someone

20 Cyber-Bullying Examples Examples of Cyber-Bullying: Posting negative comments or spreading rumors about someone on-line Posting embarrassing photos on web sites, or sending them by e-mail, IM or cell phone Sending threatening or abusive messages via e- mail, IM or text messaging

21 Cyber-Bullying vs. Bullying? While bullying usually happens in-person, cyber- bullying can truly happen anywhere, anytime The effects are often carried over to in-person interactions The victim typically feels that no place is safe from harassment

22 The Key Players Bullying ◦ Victim/s ◦ Bully/ies ◦ Bystanders Cyber-Bullying ◦ Victim/s ◦ Active CB  Initiates actions ◦ Passive CB  Does not initiate but plays along by forwarding, reading, etc ◦ Bystanders

23 Cyberbullying Video

24 Social Networking

25 Social Networking Sites

26 What am I talking about? Cell phones/text messages Instant messages/e-mails Social networking sites:

27 What is Facebook? Facebook is a global social networking website Users can join networks organized by city, workplace, school and region Originally designated for college students, high school students, and now anyone over age 13 300 million active users worldwide Free to users; financed by advertising Also has it’s own internal e-mail & IM system

28 What’s on Facebook? User profiles with as little or as much information as the user desires Many “groups” to join and applications to decorate user profiles Users can then search profiles for classmates, childhood acquaintances, people who share common interests When users identify someone on the site they know or would like to meet, they can ask to be designated as a “friend”

29 Facebook Page




33 What is MySpace? MySpace is a social networking website similar to Facebook Free to users & offers an interactive network of user profiles, photos, blogs, music, and videos Like Facebook it has an internal e-mail & IM system In June 2006, it was the most popular social networking site in the United States

34 What’s on MySpace? User profiles which can be decorated with backgrounds, pictures, music, and videos Users can then search profiles for friends or new people to meet When users identify someone on the site they know or would like to meet, they can ask to be designated as a “friend”

35 MySpace Page



38 What is Twitter? Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging site that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets Tweets are basically status updates that users post that friends or “followers” can read Tweets are similar to text or SMS messages that go from one person to the world wide web rather than from one person to another Tweets can be sent via the web or cell phone

39 Twitter Page


41 Keeping Safe On-line Select a gender-neutral username, email address, etc Keep your primary email address private Get a free email account Don't give out information simply because it is requested Block or ignore unwanted users Don't allow others to draw you into conflict Lurk in a new forum to learn local customs If a place becomes stressful, leave it When you change, really change

42 Keeping Safe On-line Watch what you "say" online Know what's in your signature file Never use a business account for personal use Ego Surf Never give your password to anyone Don't provide your credit card number or other identifying information Instruct students to never, ever give out personal information Be very cautious about posting pictures

43 On-line Resources

44 Remember… “The promise of technology is absolutely brilliant! But we have to understand that the world our kids are growing up in is different than it was in the past. We can’t condemn it, but we need to give our kids enough information to cope with the world they are living in…We need to show kids all the positive potential for teaching and learning that all this connectivity brings.” -Belsey, 2007

45 Questions? E-THUGS Cause talkin smack in person is dangerous!

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