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School Safety Presentation

Cyber Bullying
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Lizabeth Prado

on 1 March 2013

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Transcript of School Safety Presentation

taking a closer look Cyber Bullying... Tools utilized: Characteristics of Cyber Bullying Cyber bullying involves the use of information communication technology to intimidate, harass, victimize, threaten, embarrass, and/or socially exclude an individual or group 1. Allows anonymity from the bully
Leaves many victims unaware of the identity of the cyber bully or bullies

2. Allows participation from an unlimited amount of audience
Leaves victim to believe that everyone is aware of their humiliation and cooperating with the bully

3. Sexual harassment
Prevalent aspect of cyber bullying Ramifications of Cyber Bullying Victims suffer emotionally, behaviorally, socially, & academically
Left with emotional scars as opposed to physical scars (varies based on the gravity of the bullying)
Substance abuse and depression are higher among victims

No safe haven
Technology can easily penetrate homes

Fearful to attend school or even leave their homes
More likely to skip school, get suspended, and carry a weapon to school

High levels of stress and anxiety are experienced
Overwhelming concern of when the next attack is going to occur
Makes it difficult for the victim to concentrate during school and focus on their studies Cyber Bullying in Schools Educate students about the consequences of engaging in cyber bullying
Harm cyber bullying can cause

Empowering students to take action against cyber bullying
Encourage the reporting of cyber bullying
Give students realistic scenarios

Implement classroom-based programs that teach students social-emotional skills
Reduce impulsive & aggressive behavior
Help students develop empathy & anger management techniques Creating A Safe School Environment Provide staff training on cyber bullying
Proper steps needed to address a incident

A clear & reasonable definition of cyber bullying should be developed across all levels of school personnel
Clear & reasonable rules and policies
Distributing resources to parents
Allocating class time on the topic of cyber bullying
Educating students about online etiquette
Provide student mentorship Educating Parents Making parents aware of the online dangers
Initiatives they can take to minimize the possibility of their student becoming a victim or cyber bully

Provide supervision not "snoopervision"

Large percent of students do not disclose to their parents or other adults about being cyber bullied
Fear of Internet or cell phone privileges being taken
Inform parents of other alternatives that cyber bullying can be addressed Amanda Todd Victim of bullying both off & online since she was in 7th grade
September 7, 2012, wrote her story & shared it on YouTube
October 10, 2012, she was found dead Instant Messaging, cell phones, chat rooms, e-mail, social networking sites, & blogs Why do they cyber bully? Limited amount of research done
Some of the same factors of a "traditional" bully come into play
Likelihood of becoming a cyber bully increases when the bully has been a victim

Seeking attention and a sense of empowerment
Access to unlimited audience is provided

Higher risk if person is impulsive, especially during adolescence
Adolescence do not fully consider the possible consequences of their actions More than 40% of teens in the United States are victims of cyber bullying Adolescent becomes upset after being online or viewing a text message Withdraws from social interaction A drop in academic performance "Professional school counselors have a responsibility to protect students from potential dangers related to technology and to promote healthy student development." Stop, Block, Talk! Proactively familiarize themselves, students, & parents, about cyber bullying By: Lizabeth Prado
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