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Parents and Students: Questions and Answers about Cyberbullying

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Shelly Chavis

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Questions and Answers about Cyberbullying Prevention of Cyberbullying:

Tips for Teachers and School Administrators By: Jamie Hamock Guidelines
Tips by: Annette Kenworthy Cyberbullying and the Law Shelli Lavinder Continue with
Cyberthreats Shelli Lavinder
Cyberbullying Parents and Students Why Cyberbullying
Is an Issue? Victims of cyberbullying often experience anger, sadness, and/or embarrassment among other emotions. Their responses usually include bullying back, seeking revenge, or avoiding friends and activities. In some cases, cyberbullying leads to school
violence and has already been blamed for several suicides Cyberbullying can happen on and off the school campus and at all hours of the day and night, which makes it difficult for schools to regulate or control. Bullying is through email, instant messaging, in chat room, on a website, or through digital messages or images sent to cell phone. How
CyberBullying Messages Are Communicated? Cyberbullying can involve varying forms of technology:
Text or digital imaging messages sent on cell phones
instant messaging
Picture/video clips
web pages
web logs (blogs),
chat rooms or discussion groups, and
other information communication technologies
Parents and students need to be educated on internet ediquitte and use the proper steps to recognize, report and stop electronic aggression (cyberbullying). What are the biggest challenges in the fight to stop cyberbullying? A great deal of people do not see the harm in cyberbullying. It is often disregarded and or ignored. Most people focus on traditional bullying because it is physically aggressive, but this is dangerous. We need to recognize and accept cyberbullying for what it is. Cyberbullying often becomes more serious when ignored. What are potential warning signs that cyberbullying is occurring? Note that if your child stop using their computer and/or cell phone all of a sudden something is wrong. If your child seems nervous or scared in response to e-mails, text, and instant messaging there is a
strong possibility that your child is a victim of cyberbullying. Other signs would include lack of desire to
attend school or go outside, becomes withdrawn/defensive about their activities on-line, avoids discussions about internet and phone activities. If your child is displaying any behaviors that are not consistent with their personality please check in on your child.

On the other hand if your child has multiple accounts, closes their screen on their computer or phone when you pass by you need to investigate to see if your child is participating in cyberbullying. Those that bully others often sends e-mails, text, instant messaging (using facebook, twitter accounts and etc). develops webpage spreading rumors or lies, posting pictures and/or videos that are meant to inflict harm
Those that are bullying other usually becomes anger or upset with you restrict their access totechnology .Stay on watch to reduce this type of behavior. What Else Can I Do To Stay Cybersafe? In order to be safe you should do the following.
Never post or share personal information online at an unsecure sites.
Never share your Internet password with anyone.
Never meet anyone face-to-face you met online.
Parents should have open discussions with their children about proper internet use and increase parental monitoring on what their children are doing online.
Consider using filtering or monitoring software for your computer/set limits on internet use.
Education is the key component to remaining safe while using new emerging technology. By: Cicely Covington Parental Involvement and Prevention
for Bullying/Cyberbullying Is
parental involvement crucial
combat bullying/cyberbullying? YES!!! Most children in school will be affected by bullying, whether they care the bully, victim or both. Depression is at an all-time high for students. It is a proven fact that parental support can decrease the severity and existence of depression in the bullying community. Do parents play a role in their child’s confidence and self-worth? YES!!! Children are the mirror images of their parents. Children watch their parents, the way they talk, the marriage, the lack of mother/father, fighting, conversation, attitude and more. Children can voice this observance but most internalize their observations and use what they have learned in similar situations. Does limiting the use of internet
supervising students cut down the chances of cyberbullying? YES!!! 3.1.2. Technology use, parental involvement and safety
Two-thirds of the students (65.5%) reported using computers a
minimum of 2 h per day. Only 2% of all students reported not using
computers at all. More than two thirds of the students (67.4%)
reported having at least two computers in their home, while only
1% of all students reported not having a computer in their home. Almost
half (45.2%) of the students reported that they typically use a
computer in their bedroom, 48.5% stated that they use the computer
in a public space in their house and 5.6% reported using computers
in other places. One third (32.1%) of the students reported giving
their password to friends at least some of the time.
Regarding parental supervision we found that 23.4% of the students
indicated that their parents/guardians supervise their Internet
use, and 26.9% reported that their parents/guardians have blocking
programs for the Internet. With respect to safety, 49.0% of students
reported feeling unsafe or somewhat unsafe when using the Internet. by: Jeffery Lake As a parent and teacher I only see the advantages of social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter. It allows me to stay connected with friends and family, share a variety of files, and conduct business. What I really do not fully understand are exactly what the dangers of social networking sites are for teenage kids and students? Below is a List of Some of the Dangers of Social Networking Sites for Students:
1. Online Harassment by Known or Unknown Bully
2. Violation of Privacy for Teenager
3. Security Threats to Personal Self or Computer
4. Exposure to Illicit Images
5. May Become Prey of Internet Predators
6. Anonymity As a parent and teacher I see many of today’s teenagers using a variety of social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter. I need to educate the kids I interact with about the proper usage of social networking sites. What are some guidelines or tips I can share with teens to educate them about using social networking sites safely and responsibly? Below is a List of Tips to Share with Teens about Using Social Networking Sites Safely and Responsibly:
1. Assume that Anyone Can Access Your Profile
2. Use Discretion when Putting Pictures and Content on Your Profile
3. Assume People Will Use Your Profile Information to Cause Harm to You
4. Assume There are Predators or Bullies Our There Trying to Find You
5. You Will Be Held Responsible for Inappropriate Content or Actions on Your Profile How are
states, schools and law enforcement agencies dealing with cyberbullying? Since cyberbullying is taken very seriously and more and more laws are being enacted and enforced to protect students of all ages, states are working to protect users from online harassment. While cyberbullying takes many forms with most being sexual with offensive texts and rumor-spreading via social networks, it can be very difficult to identify. These sites provide laws that states have enacted to help schools and law enforcement agencies deal with this growing problem. How do
parents and children view the use of technology? Parents and their children view technology differently. Parents see technology as a means of staying in touch with their children while the children view and use it as a means to stay in touch with friends and every aspect of their social life. This article provides tips for parents and children on how to responsibly use technology to lessen the possibility of cyberbullying. What are some reasons for making prosecuting the offender difficult? In this article, the writers discuss major problems with prosecuting offenders because of their use of pseudonym names and accounts. Unfortunately, unless online communication leads to personal harm, law enforcement has little or no grounds to prosecute. Only when textual communication leads to harassment or cyberstalking does the behavior become illegal and warrants legal action. In some cases because of First Amendment rights, it makes it difficult to prosecute. How is
online harassment
defined? Definitions recognized by the National Conference of State Legislature (an organization that provides states with information about current legislation events, reports and policies).
1. Cyberbullying-the willful and repeated use of cell phones, computers, and other electronic devices to harass and threaten individuals. Messages can be spread anonymously. This is most challenging for the legislature.
2. Cyberharassment-the use of emails and instant messages, blog entries or websites solely for the purpose to torment and individual.
3. Cyberstalking-the use of the Internet, email or other electronic communications to stalk or threaten. This is most dangerous of the three. Charges range from misdemeanors to felonies. What are
some things to do if
cyberbullying is occurring? •Save one or more copies of his/her emails and threats on your computer and/or a disc.
•Block them from any Internet services that you use BUT only after you have copies of the emails, IP# and/or username.
•DON’T respond to the bully or Forward any messages!
•Report threats to your Internet Service Provider.
•Tell parents, teachers, administrators, school counselors or any responsible adult. SEEK HELP!
•Report threats and information to the Law Enforcement. Presentation by:
Shelly Chavis What is Cyberbullying
and how frequent is it? Cyberbulling is defined as a word, action or other electronic communication or behavior that is:
• Aggressive, cruel and/or threatening
• Repetitive
• That which creates an imbalance of physical, psychological and/or emotional power. That power advantage may due to status, age, size, ability or popularity
• The bullying may be anonymous

Although the statistics vary, this study shows that 25-30 % of children experience cyberbulling and a 2009 survey suggests that only 84% of parents know how to respond to cyberbullying.

(Hannah, 2010)
As a parent/teacher,
I don’t know much about
technology and social networking.
I feel overwhelmed, what can I do? Although parents / teachers “may be convinced that they were born a generation too late to relate to current online etiquette or to know what behaviors are appropriate.” (Hannah, 2010) Remind parents to rely on the three basic principles they use on a regular basis. These are to:

1. Nurture children:
• is their behavior age developmentally appropriate?
• Does your child repeat actions without remorse?
• Is he/she consistently on the receiving end?
• It may be time for you to step in and take appropriate measures like redirection, modeling expected behavior, discussion, positive discipline and/or consequences and possibly talking with school or community officials.)
2. Provide structure
Do you know how much time your child spends on the computer?
Do you know or monitor his/her favorite sites?
Does your child have a Facebook or Myspace page
What is in their profile?
Who are their online friends?
Are you (or another adult) aware and nearby when your child uses the computer?
Ask your child questions just like you would about their day at school
When you become more aware of internet use, reinforce family values using the same familiar criteria you do in the real world privileges and limits, such as age, maturity, problem-solving skills, reliability etc.
Remind children that although internet use seems ordinary to them, the online world is still young and evolving. Today’s children must understand that anything posted on the internet or sent through a cell phone can live forever in new and misrepresented forms. Personal information and photos can quickly be passed around the world. These things present danger and because of that, parental limits and consequences must be clear and firm. As in the real world, children will test the boundaries and parents should intervene without overreacting. Lines of communication must be kept open so parents and children can navigate this cyber world together.
3. Join their children in their world in appropriate ways
Just like when you interact with a toddler, you get down on the floor and join her you should do the same in the online world. Get online and into the social networking sites they use.
Learn how to use Facebook and “friend” your child
Check mySpace.com
Be careful not to scrutinize every aspect of every page and comment or conversations with friends or your child will shut you down.
Just like in the real world, choose your battles wisely
If your child is a fan of a particular show, take a look at the sites and see what kinds of comments, language and photos are posted there.
Introduce your child to sites you enjoy or those that have family-friendly or educational games
Your choices will remind your child about your family values.
Use monitoring devices which can be installed on your computer
Check the computer’s history
Google unknown “friends”
Watch for changes in behavior that may be symptoms of a problem in either world.
(Hannah, 2010)
I have heard of both cyberbullying and also cyberthreats.
What are cyberthreats?
What do I need to know about these? Cyberthreats are either threats or “distressing material” general statements that make it sound like the writer is emotionally upset and may be considering harming someone else, harming him/herself, or committing suicide.

There are two very important things that your child must understand about threats:
Don’t make threats online. People can’t tell if it is serious or a joke and there are criminal laws against making threats. You could be suspended, expelled or arrested.
Report threats or distressing material. What you see online could be real. It is important to report this to an adult.
(Willard, 2007)
My child has experienced
cyberbullying, what should I do? • Save the evidence ~ all communication in all cases
• Identify the cyberbully ~ look for clues
o Ask your internet service provider to identify the source or contact a company that can trace identity
o If you can show a student was involved, have the district search district internet use records
o Consider an attorney
o If a crime has occurred, contact the police to identify the cyberbully.
• Tell the bully to stop
• Ignore the bully ~ block or filter all communications, stay off sites where you have been attacked, change e-mail, username and/or phone #
• File a complaint ~ cyberbullying is a violation of the terms of most web sites, ISP’s and cell phone companies.
o If e-mail  contact the ISP (from e-mail address), look on the ISP’s site for contact us
o If it is on a 3rd party web site go to the site’s home page and file a complaint through “Contact us”
o If on a web site with its own domain name (www.xyskid.com) go to Whois (www.howis.net) to find the owner and host company. Go to the host company’s web site and file a complaint through “contact us”
o If by cell phone, trace the number and contact the company.
• Contact your school
• Contact the cyberbully’s parents ~ avoid face to face, instead, send a certified letter that includes the downloaded material and requests the bullying stop and all harmful materials removed
• Contact an attorney
• Contact the police if the cyberbullying appears to be a crime
(Willard, 2007)
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