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Campaign against Cyber Bullying

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Dani Golub

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Campaign Against Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying effects on mental health
A study (Sourander, 2010) in 2010 reported cyber bullying increases a person’s risks for mental health impairments and certain types of substance use.
Being targeting by cyberbullying puts strains on mental health that include problems processing emotions, disruptions in socially appropriate behaviour, an impaired ability to interact successfully with others and a significant decline in normal levels of concentration.

Further research…?
For cyberbullying, frequent victims reported significantly higher levels of depression than other forms of bullying. (Sourander, 2010)
Examining the association between depression, suicide and other mental health issues on cyberbullying has not been studied extensively. Further research should be conducted to make a valid conclusion on the profounding effects of cyberbullying.
Relating to Readings
"… Particular populations of young people pose a certain dangerousness – to themselves and others" (Kelly, 175).
Because of this “dangerousness,” adults have increasing “anxieties” about today’s youth culture.
The anxieties of adults to keep today’s youth safe and monitored have led to methods of increased surveillance.
Governments are placing electronic surveillance in malls, streets, public places, and schools.
A heavy amount of this surveillance (electronic or not) needs to be placed in school libraries and work spaces where students have access to computers and internet, so that there is far less of a chance of the cyberbullying to occur.
Existing Campaigns

The Cybersmile Foundation


Group Campaign:

A Call for Action Against Cyberbullying
Dani Golub, Katie Vette, Kelsey Simpson, Rachael Lewis, Nishat Tasnim
Young people are trying to individualize (theory we discussed in class meaning developing a sense of self) during an era where the mass media culture pulls them in to the Internet because that is what their peers are doing.
This can sometimes lead to peer pressuring and cyberbullying online.
Most young people end up spending a lot of time on the Internet. As we discussed in class, the lives of young people have come to exist in a variety of places: school, jobs, and with friends. Now that many teens also have lives on the Internet, bullying has followed young people online.
Our Mission:
We hope to create awareness amongst students and teachers around the mental health impacts of cyberbullying and hope to put new policies in place in schools. Many schools have a zero tolerance policy for bullying on school grounds but cyberbullying is often overlooked because it often takes place off campus.
Our Goals:
Reduce cyberbullying through different forms of positive media use because it is unrealistic that young people will not participate in social media (celebrities, YouTube campaigns, viral photos on social media websites, positive social media activism).
Create awareness of the mental health issues related to cyberbullying by creating fliers to put up around cities.
Write up a policy that makes cyberbullying illegal and creates consequences for those who cyberbully
Help teachers identify cyberbullying and write curriculum for students of all ages that incorporates the serious impacts of cyberbullying
Are there laws against bullying?
-No federal law has yet been set to directly addresses bullying, however, in some cases, bullying overlaps with discriminatory harassment. (Federal Laws, 2014)
Discriminatory harassment is based on race, national origin, color, sex, age, disability, or religion.
When bullying and harassment overlap, federally-funded schools have an obligation to resolve the harassment. This includes public schools, colleges and universities
If a situation is not thoroughly resolved, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division may be able to help.

State Anti-Bullying Laws and Policies (Federal Laws, 2014)
What about the cyberbullies?
Cyberbullies have an increased tendency to drink to the point of drunkenness and smoke cigarettes on a frequent basis. Those who engage in cyberbullying at various points in time are also targets of cyberbullying at other times. (Sourander, 2010)
Individuals who function in both of these roles have increased risks for all of the mental health and substance use issues.

Suicides from cyberbullying
They discovered 41 suicide cases from Canada, USA, the UK, and Australia. Twenty four of the suicides were females, and 17 were males between the ages of 13-18. (Bock, 2010)
There were 41 suicide cases from Canada, USA, the UK, and Australia. 24 female, and 17 males between 13 and 18 (Bock, 2010)
In terms of mental health, 32% of the teens who committed suicide suffered from a mood disorder, and additional 15% were identified as suffering from depression. (Bock, 2010)
Relating to Lectures
As noted in the lecture on “What is Youth?,” teenagers have typically been viewed as lacking manners and being disrespectful.
The modern issue of cyberbullying only strengthens this generalization.
Furthermore, in the same lecture we learn that the majority of teenagers are influenced by cinema, pop culture, fashion, and the media, etc.
We’re all aware that today’s media sources broadcast the idea of perfection and materialism, which then becomes engrained in the minds of our youth
In turn, they single out their fellow classmates who they view as being “inferior” for one reason or another.
Raising Awareness
- We hope to create laws for both US and UK

-Health courses
include bullying and cyberbullying into our health curriculum, from a young age, students will see how harmful bullying is
-Finding their “person” : a trusting adult that they can turn to in case they are the victim of a cyberbully attack, or witness one

Action Steps
(1) Write up federal laws that makes cyberbullying illegal and creates consequences for those who bully, (2) bringing policy to congress/parliament, (3) using prominent figures/role models help advocate and create awareness, (4) create YouTube campaign videos to promote, (5) hopefully pass the new anti-cyberbullying law!
(1) Help health teachers write curriculum that incorporates the serious impacts of cyberbullying, (2) bring curriculum to principal/school board, (3) inform students about change in curriculum and the reason for the change, (4) integrate cyberbullying/general bullying related curriculum into health education classes, (5) talk to students about finding an adult they trust
We believe this can be successful because as stated in the academic article (Ginwright, 2002) "From assets to agents of change: Social justice, organizing, and youth development':
"Young people are not just victims, but they are now joining together to demand a voice in the decisions that affect their lives. In the process, they are transforming actual policies and making institutions more accountable."
Issues like depression and suffering of young people cause youth to challenge issues and demand for change. Young people are using what they know to successfully transform social problems
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Bock, R. and Miller, M.G., (2010). Depression high among youth victims of cyberbullying, NIH researchers report. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Tuesday 21 September. 12 February 2014. <http://www.nih.gov/news/health/sep2010/nichd-21.htm> .
"#DeleteCyberbullying." (2013) DeleteCyberbullying. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Feb. 2014. <http://deletecyberbullying.eu/about/>.
"Federal Laws." Stopbullying.gov. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2014.
Ginwright, S. (2002). "From Assets to Agents of Change: Social Justice, Organizing, and Youth Development." New Directions for Youth Development 2002.96 (2002): 27-46. Web. 11 Feb. 2014.
Health Behavior News Service, part of the Center for Advancing Health. (2013, June 12). Cyberbullying puts teens at risk. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 12, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130612101655.htm
Kelly, P. (2003): Growing Up as Risky Business? Risks, Surveillance and the Institutionalized Mistrust of Youth, Journal of Youth Studies, 6:2, 165-180
"the cybersmile foundation." Cyberbullying Charity. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Feb. 2014. <http://www.cybersmile.org>.
Sourander, A., Klomek, A.B., Ikonen, M., Lindroos, J., Luntamo, T, Koskelainen, M., Ristkari, T., & Helenius, H. (2010). Psychosocial Risk Factors Associated With Cyberbullying Amond Adolescents: A Population-Based Study. Archives of General Psychiatry, 67, 720-728. doi:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2010.79.
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