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Cyberbullying Internet Saftey: Information for H.S. Students
Quick Survey How many people have a cell phone How many people have an email address How many people are on myspace or facebook or another social network How many people have heard of cyberbullying and understand what it entails
YouTube Example 1 Cyberbully Video
i-Safe Parent and Student Assessments 2003-04 Hours of Internet Use
i-Safe Parent and Student Assessments 2003-04 Cyberbullying Facts 35% of students have been threatened online 42% of students have been cyberbullied 53% of kids admit to bullying online 58% have not told an adult
i-Safe Parent and Student Assessments 2003-04 Cyberbullying Facts 92% of parents say they have set internet rules 65% of children say they have no set internet rules
Nancy E. Willard, Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use Types of Cyberbullying Flaming – angry, rude arguments. Harassment – repeatedly sending offensive messages Denigration – “dissing” someone online by spreading rumors or posting false information Outing and trickery – disseminating intimate private information or tricking someone into disclosing private information
Nancy E. Willard, Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use Types of Cyberbullying Impersonation – pretending to be someone else and posting material to damage that persons reputation Exclusion – intentional exclusion from an online group Cyberstalking – creating fear by sending offensive messages and other harmful online activities
How Computers Cell Phones Slam Rooms Chat Rooms E-mail Social Networks
Nancy E. Willard, Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use Who A cyberbully may be a person whom the target knows or an online stranger. A cyberbully may be anonymous and may enlist the aid of others, including online “friends.”
Nancy E. Willard, Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use Why Cyberbullying may be a continuation of, or in retaliation for in-school bullying. It may be related to fights about relationships or be based on hate or bias. Some teens think cyberbullying is entertaining – a fun game
Nancy E. Willard, Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use Why Teens may not be concerned about the consequences of harmful online behavior because: They think they are invisible or can take steps to become invisible, so they think they can’t be punished. There is no tangible feedback about the harm they cause, so it seems like a game.
Nancy E. Willard, Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use Why Harmful online social norms support cyberbullying: “I have a free speech right to post whatever I want, regardless of the harm I cause.”
Nancy E. Willard, Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use The Harm Cyberbullying can cause great emotional harm to the target. Online communications can be very cruel and vicious. Cyberbullying can be happening 24/7. Damaging text and images can be widely disseminated and impossible to fully remove. Teens are reluctant to tell adults
http://www.mindoh.com/ The Harm: Ryan’s Story Ryan is a real life kid who fell victim to Bullying and Cyberbullying From a safe small Vermont town Technologically savvy parents Loving close-knit family
http://www.mindoh.com/ Ryan’s Story cont. This is text taken from a aim discussion RH = Ryan IMP= “Friend” RH: everything sux and this is the last time you’re going to hear me complain IMF: the last time i hear you complain? you’re finally going to kill yourself? RH: yup IMF: phew IMF: it’s about f***ing time RH: lol RH: you’ll hear about it in the papers tomorrow Just a few days after this conversation Ryan took his own life
Nancy E. Willard, Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use If You are a Victim Save Evidence – Don’t erase or delete Don’t Keep it to yourself, Tell Parent, Contact Internet Service Provider (ISP), Principal, and Police if necessary Don’t reply or try to meet the offender Call the police, if the cyberbullying involves threats of violence, coercion, intimidation based on hate or bias, and any form of sexual exploitation
www.NetSmartz.org Activity Divide the board in half; list the positive aspects of the internet on one side of the board and negatives on the other. What are some positive aspects of the Internet? What are some negative aspects of the Internet?
www.NetSmartz.org Activity Cont. In Groups of 2 or 3 design a poster that could be posted at a school to encourage students to think before they act online Incorporate some of the points raised during the presentation and subsequent discussion
www.NetSmartz.org You Can’t Take It Back
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