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Transcript of Internet Safety
Social Security Numbers
Cyber bullying is the use of cell phones, instant messaging, emails, chat rooms, or social networking to harass, threaten, or intimidate someone
Types of Cyber
Online fights between two or more individuals using electronic messages with angry and vulgar language
Sharing someone's secret or embarrassing information online that was meant to remain private
Tricking someone into revealing secrets or embarrassing information which is then shared online
Pretending to be someone else and sending or posting material online to make the victim look bad, get them in trouble or danger, or damage their reputation or friendships
Intentionally excluding someone from cliques and groups online -- like a "buddy list"
"Dissing" someone online by sending or posting cruel gossip or rumors about a person to damage his or her reputation or friendships
Email or instant message containing false accusations sent to other students
Negative statement about the victim posted on a website or social networking site
Nasty passage about the victim written in an online slam book
Photo of victim digitally altered and posted to humiliate them
Repeatedly sending offensive, rude, and insulting messages
Repeatedly sending messages or engaging in other online activity that include threats of harm or are highly intimidating to the victim
How do we stop Cyberbullying?
Don't be a Victim or a Bully!
Stop, block, and tell!!!
don’t respond to any cyber bullying message, block the person sending it to you, and tell a trusted adult!
Make a Report –
Many websites have terms of service which prohibit cyberbullying and will remove offensive posts
Google yourself –
conduct frequent searches for your own personal information online, set alerts and privacy settings to avoid cyber bullying
Take 5! –
walk away from the computer for 5 minutes when something upsets you, so you don't do something you may regret
think twice before you post a message or a picture… once it’s out there you may never be able to get it back; also check what you are sending before you send it… think about it from the recipients point of view
Don't be a
What is a Bystander?
A bystander is someone who "stands by" and does not do anything when they notice a problematic situation or behavior even though they know that behavior is wrong
Reasons for Bystander Behavior
They assume that it isn't a problem because others don't intervene
The fear of embarrassment
They assume that someone else will do something
(diffusion of responsibility)
Belief that others' aren't bothered
Fear of retaliation
What is an Upstander?
An “upstander” is someone who recognizes when something is wrong and acts to make it right -- especially when the easiest thing to do would be nothing! Being an "upstander" is being a hero!
What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.
How Do I Be
10 Ways to be an Upstander:
1. Help others who are being bullied:
be a true friend!
2. STOP untrue or harmful messages from spreading!
3. Get friends involved:
let others know you are an upstander and encourage
them to be one too!
4. Make friends outside your circle:
show support for someone who is upset at
school, sit with someone eating alone, etc
5. Be aware of the bullying policy at your school:
keep it in mind when you
6. Reach out to new students at your school:
put yourself in their shoes!
7. Refuse to be a bystander:
if you see friends or classmates laughing with a bully,
tell them to stop... by laughing they are also bullying the victim!
8. Respect others’ differences and help others to respect differences:
it's cool to be
9. Develop a bullying program or project with a teacher or principal’s support
that will help reduce bullying in school:
discuss the “hot spots” where bullying
most likely occurs and brainstorm what can be done
10. Educate yourself and your community about bullying:
information will help you if you are bullied and will help you to stand up to
Sending mean or rude messages
Sharing inappropriate photos
Talking about adult subjects
Visiting adult sites
Recognizing Online Predators:
Honest about being adults
Target females and males
Clear about their intentions
Attracted by certain behaviors
What You Can Do!
Don't engage them
Don't meet them offline
Tell an adult you trust
Revealing or suggestive images
Stay in Control!
Don't take images of yourself that you wouldn't want everyone to see
Don't forward anyone else's image
Don't pressure or ask anyone to share a personal image
Talk to an adult
Amanda Todd, 15, committed suicide on October 10, 2012 as a result of severe bullying. Todd had posted a video on YouTube in which she used a series of flash cards to tell of her experience of being blackmailed, bullied and physically assaulted prior to her death. She was frequently teased for her low grades, failed suicide attempts, and for a topless photo that became viral in 7th grade.
Rebecca Ann Sedwick, 12, died on September 9, 2013 after going to an abandoned concrete plant, climbing a tower, and jumping to her death. Sedwick had been cyberbullied for two years by as many as 15 girls over a "boyfriend issue." Authorities are investigating evidence to charge the girls in what appears to be the nation's latest deadly cyberbullying case.