Through email, instant messaging and text messaging on cell phones or pagers. Since contact and emotions are masked, verbal assaults are harsher (i.e., assault or death threats) and messages are likely to have sexual overtones.
“An aggressive, intentional act carried out by a group or individual, using electronic forms of contact, repeatedly and over time against a victim who cannot easily defend him or herself.” (Smith et al., 2008) 8
42% 42% of kids have been bullied or threatened online. 21% 21% of kids have received mean or threatening e-mail or other messages. 58% 58% of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. 53% 53% of kids admit having said mean or hurtful things to others online. 58% 58% have not told their parents or an adult about something mean or hurtful that happened to them online.
FTC Prevention Services, copyright 2007 These offenders no longer need to lurk in malls or parks – Instead they roam freely in chat rooms!
FTC Prevention Services, copyright 2007 FYI Generation “Always On” Lingo POSparent over shoulder PIRparent in room P911parent alert KPCkeep parents clueless WYCMwill you call me? ILYI love you KOTLkiss on the lips LMIRLlet’s meet in real life
12 PAW TAW BAK DKDC PIR NP C-P WYRN NALOPKT LOL BFF DIKU BRB BWL PM CTN IHU URH SM URF EMFBI PG11 P911 ASL LMAO S MOS MYOB URU F2F PAL LMIRL 420 143 FOAF NIFOC IPN
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Traditional Bullying –VS- Cyber -Bullying ANONYMITY-electronic aggressors can remain anonymous DISINHIBITION-one is free from restraints on behavior –there is no interaction nor face to face feedback LACK OF SUPERVISION-no one present to intervene VIRAL NATURE-damage is done with greater speed and to larger audiences LIMITLESS VICTIMIZATION-the damage is ever present and on-going 14 Kowalski & Limber (2007)
FTC Prevention Services, copyright 2007 An overwhelming majority of all teenagers, 84%, report owning at least one personal media device: a desk or laptop computer, a cell phone or Personal Digital Assistant (PDA). 44% have two or more devices, while 12% have three and 2%report having all four. Only 16 % of all teens report having none of these!
5/8/2015 Cyber-Bullying… Cell phones and the Net are kids' social lifelines. They can also be their social death.
17 It is a virtual place to hide No witnesses Dis-inhibition – illusion of invisibility or anonymity No auditory or visual feedback that an action has caused harm Dissemination – - Hundreds or thousands of potential bystanders - Blogs, online profiles the new “bathroom wall” Can attack anytime, anywhere It’s easy!!
18 “It’s great! Over the internet you don’t really see the faces and they don’t see you. You don’t even have to look at their eyes and see their hurt.” From A Girl who has bullied online
19 “Happy Slapping” – an unsuspecting victim is attacked while an accomplice records the assault. Video game – “Bully”
21 Don’t view the material. Don’t gossip or spread rumors online or talk about it at school. Support the victim – post or send positive messages! If you know the person, invite him/her to spend time with you. Tell an adult at home and at school. Print the evidence to share with an adult. Discourage student who is cyber bullying, and make it clear that you think their behavior is wrong.
22 Bystanders’ Role Forward hurtful e-mail Visit a cyber bully’s “vote for the ugly girl” website Allow cyber bullies to take cell phone photos or video of others’ personal moments
23 Don’t view the material. Don’t gossip or spread rumors online or talk about it at school. Support the victim – post or send positive messages! If you know the person, invite him/her to spend time with you. Tell an adult at home and at school. Print the evidence to share with an adult. Discourage student who is cyber bullying, and make it clear that you think their behavior is wrong.
5/8/2015 Ryan Halligan 13, 8 th grade, from Vermont Struggled developmentally An IRL and online victim Humiliated by a personal secret Tricked and humiliated by a girl discovered websites that promoted suicide as a solution suicide
5/8/2015 RyanRyan, continued…. “Tonight’s the night, I think I’m going to do it. You’ll read about it in the paper tomorrow." “It’s about f…ing time!” Ryan died, October, 2003 Ryan