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Transcript of Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts.
Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.
Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University.
A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying.
Did you know..
Amanda Todd is not a unique case...
Jessica Logan 1990-2008
Cyberbullying can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and reach a kid even when he or she is alone. It can happen any time of the day or night.
Cyberbullying messages and images can be posted anonymously and distributed quickly to a very wide audience. It can be difficult and sometimes impossible to trace the source.
Deleting inappropriate or harassing messages, texts, and pictures is extremely difficult after they have been posted or sent especially when photos/videos go viral.
Why Cyberbullying is Different
Jessica (Jesse) Logan, was a petite, blond-haired, blue-eyed Ohio high school senior who committed suicide after sexting a nude photo of herself to her boyfriend. When they broke up, he sent the photo to everyone else at her school. Jesse was cruelly harassed for months by the other girls at her school, who called her a slut and a whore. When Jesse’s grades dropped, she started skipping school and when she did go to school, she would hide in the bathroom to avoid being teased.
Jesse Logan decided to tell her story on a Cincinnati television station. Her purpose was simple: “I just want to make sure no one else will have to go through this again.” The interview was in May 2008. Two months later, on July 3, 2008, Jesse attended the funeral of a boy who committed suicide, then came home and killed herself.
Her mother found her hanging in the closet with Jessie’s cell phone on the floor nearby.
A Silent War
Definition: go viral, to spread rapidly via the Internet, e-mail, or other media
Ex: Footage of the candidate's off-color remarks went viral within minutes.
Ryan Halligan 1989 - 2003
John and Kelly Halligan lost their thirteen year old son, Ryan, to suicide on October 7, 2003. At the time of his death, Ryan was a student at a middle school in Essex Junction, Vermont. After Ryan’s death, it was revealed that he was ridiculed and humiliated by peers at school and on-line.
Use alcohol and drugs
Experience in-person bullying
Be unwilling to attend school
Receive poor grades
Have lower self-esteem
Have more health problems
Teens who experience cyberbullying are more likely to..
The 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey finds that 16% of high school students (grades 9-12) were electronically bullied in the past year.
A Silent War
Establish an antibullying policy.
Teach stakeholders to identify bullying.
Create procedures to report bullying.
Teach witnesses how to respond to bullying.
Teach strategies to reduce victimization.
Replace agression with acceptable skills.
Responding to Bullies
Create a Culture through the 6 R's
Schools with student run anti-bullying clubs reduce bullying by over 50%.
The most important requirements for starting a successful club are interest and commitment.
The Importance of Starting an Anti-bullying Club
Resources for Creating a Bully-Free Culture
Assemblies designed to educate students about bullying prevention.
Become a No Place for Hate certified school.
Training programs for educators.
Ex: Building Respectful School Climates: Webinar Series
Flip the Script
Provide tools for educators and students to help prevent bullying in schools.
A source for TONS of resources for anti-bullying.
Rock Out Against Bullying Concert featuring Carly Rae Jepsen
How can I help my school put a stop
PicsChecker and Sexting Prevention
The premier anti-sexting and anti- bullying mobile phone application.
Today's teens and preteens live to text. Unfortunately, teens sometimes use poor judgment, sending sexual, harassing or otherwise inappropriate content to their friends. With the PicsChecker app you are alerted to your child's text history, giving you the control to protect and educate them against misuse. Simply install the easy-to-use PicsChecker app by Wyd Eye and ensure your teen is texting wisely.
Verbal Abuse, Intimidation, or Cyber-bullying
A student shall not direct harassing, vulgar, or derogatory remarks toward any person, in person or by electronic.
A student shall not willfully or maliciously engage in a course of conduct that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated or harassed.
Example School Plan for Elementary
Developed an anti-bully theme
"We Are Family"
Students sing every morning during opening ceremonies.
Basic High School's Anti-Bullying Plan
Wearing shirts to self identify so that students who feel uncomfortable or lonely can approach these students with confidence.
Working on ADL No Place for Hate Certification
Be a Star Not a Bully
Students from the Pro-Wrestling Club will be promoting the anti-bullying movement by having a seminar hosted by professional wrestlers discussing why bullying needs to be stopped.
Students created a PSA where they had students and teachers express the need to stop bullying in the school.
Types of Social Media
Tumblr- small form blogging
Vine- short video sharing (like Instagram) can be shared and commented on.
Snapchat- instant messaging with pictures that disappear within 30 seconds (unless screen shot is taken)
Reddit- social news and entertainment website where users can vote pictures and videos higher up in ranking and also make comments.
Friendship program between special needs students and regular students.
Promotes acceptance, understanding and kindness within the school.