Presentation on theme: "Cyberbullying Donna Kozica, LCSW Social Work Department Chairperson."— Presentation transcript:
Cyberbullying Donna Kozica, LCSW Social Work Department Chairperson
The use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person. By definition it occurs among young people. When an adult is involved, It may meet the definition of cyber-harassment or cyber- stalking, a crime that can have legal consequences and involve jail time. What is Cyberbulling?
Types of Cyberbullying Flaming: online fighting using electronic messages that include angry and vulgar language Harassment, threats, and stalking: repeatedly sending cruel, vicious, or threatening messages (including sexual harassment) Denigration: sending or posting gossip or rumors about a person to damage his or her reputation or friendships
Types of Cyberbullying (cont) Impersonation: using another person’s e-mail account to send harmful material or leading a victim into a hurtful or embarrassing situation by pretending to be someone else Outing or trickery: engaging someone in instant messaging, tricking him or her into revealing sensitive information, and forwarding that information to others Exclusion: Intentionally excluding someone from an online group
Who are the victims? A 2006 poll from the national organization Fight Crime: Invest in Kids found that 1 in 3 teens and 1 in 6 preteens have been the victim of cyberbullying The increase in cell phone use and computers is likely to make this number increase
Warning Signs of Cyberbullying: Emotional distress during or after using internet or phone Being very protective or secretive of digital life Withdrawal from friends and activities Avoidance of school or group gatherings Slipping grades and “acting out” in anger Changes in mood, behavior, sleep, or appetite
What is the impact of cyberbullying ? Anxiety Depression Low self-esteem Physiological complaints School avoidance and school failure
What is the added impact of the lack of face to face contact? Greater psychological harm because hurtful information can be transmitted broadly and instantaneously and can be difficult to eliminate! Anonymous quality can make a teen hypervigilant Aggressors feel shielded from consequences so they say and do things they would not do in person causing greater impact to victim
What can parents do to safeguard their kids? Keep computers in easily viewable places, such as family room or kitchen. NOT IN BEDROOM! Talk regularly about their online activities and responsibility. Make sure they know the risks of cyberbullying and that they need to tell you if they are being bothered. Respect their privacy but let them know you may view their online activity if you are concerned. Set clear expectations for responsible online behavior and phone use. Outline consequences!
What can parents do? (cont) Be aware of the bullying warning signs. Consider installing parental control software and tracking programs, but do not solely rely on them. Be equally alert your child is bullying others even if unintentionally! Document any bullying. Contact the school and enlist the help of school personnel.
What can parents do? (cont) File a complaint with the Web site, flag it, Block user, or contact cell phone company. Contact the police if cyberbullying includes threats. Consider establishing a parent-child Internet Contract
Resources Family Online Safety Institute, www.fosi.orgwww.fosi.org National Association of School Psychologist, www.nasponline.org http://www.netsmartz.org/Presentations www.SafeKids.com www.atg.wa.gov http://sociallyactive.com (Socially active is the leading provider of social-privacy monitoring software for parents)