WHAT IS CYBERBULLYING?

  • Cyberbullying is the harrassment of individuals by using cell phones and the internet. Instant messaging, social networking and chat rooms are ways a cyberbully can get to his/her victim. Cyberbullying can also be done in different ways. Cyberbullying can be a threat against someone, sending provocative pictures, racial/ethnic slurs, homosexual comments, or attempts on infecting the victims computer.

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  • Cyberbullying has significant effects on individuals. Not only the victim of the bullying but the parents, friends, and associates are effected by it. According to Kids Health corporations, cyberbullying can lead to depression, anxiety, and several other stress-related disorders. The individual tends to isolate themselves from others as well. They skip school, avoid the internet, change in behavior, change in appetite. The most dangerous of these effects is suicidal thoughts. In the case of bullying, cases have come up about individuals committing suicide because of what they have experienced

WHAT SOCIETY IS DOING TO PREVENT CYBERBULLYING?

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Overall teenage girls were more likely to be have experienced cyber-bullying than boys - 38 per cent of girls reported having been victims, as compared with 26 per cent of boys - with the number rising to 41 per cent among girls aged 15-17, the most affected group.
Research suggests girls are about twice as likely as boys to be victims or perpetrators of cyberbullying.
Teens who used social networks were also more susceptible - 39 per cent of those who were on networks such as Facebook and MySpace had been bullied.
Fewer than one in 10 - 6 per cent - reported having had an embarrassing photo of themselves posted online without their permission.
Examples of cyber-bullying:
http://www.slais.ubc.ca/courses/libr500/04-05-wt2/www/D_Jackson/examples.htm
http://www.cafeaspira.com/Cyberbullying_facts.html
http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/cms/story.php?id=2078
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNumIY9D7uY
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gE5yINOn4N4&NR=1
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http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=3882520&page=1





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What can parents do to prevent cyber bullying?
· Family safety centers online
· Talking/educating their kids about the effects of cyber bullying
· Making sure the child knows the consequences if they use the computer inappropriately

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Where can you get help/what should you do if you are cyber bullied?
· Crisis hotlines
· Talk to a parent, guardian, or school counselor
· Report the bullying
· Stop all contact with the person who is bullying


Who Cyber-bullies and why?
· ¼ of cyber bullies are kids or teens that are also bullies in the real world.
· The other ¾’s are people that would never bully in the real world, but feel empowered by the anonymity of the virtual world.
· Bullies say they feel less connected and more removed from people when they are online, therefore its makes it easier to bully without feeling remorse.



FACT: 52% of teenagers who are targets of cyber-bullying never actually report it.


Source References:
http://flatclassroom10-2.flatclassroomproject.org/Virtual+Communication. Retrieved November 8, 2010
http://annex.wikia.com/wiki/Jessi_Slaughter_cyberbullying_case. Retrieved November 8, 2010.
http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/what_is_cyberbullying_exactly.html. Retrieved November 10, 2010
http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/talk/cyberbullying.html. Retrieved November 10, 2010
www.hazelden.org/web/go/cyberbullying. Retrieved November 24, 2010
http://www.ncpc.org/cyberbullying/?searchterm=cyberbullying. Retrieved November 24, 2010
http://www.hazelden.org/web/go/cyberbullyingke. Retrieved November 24, 2010
http://www.cyberbully.org/cyberbully/docs/cblegislation.pdf. Retrieved November 24, 2010
http://www.cyberbullyalert.com/blog/2008/10/cyber-bullying-state-laws-and-policies/. Retrieved November 26, 2010
http://www.bewebaware.ca/english/cyberbullying.html Retrieved November 20, 2010
http://www.ncpc.org/cyberbullying Retrieved November 20, 2010