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Transcript of Cyberbullying
What is bullying?
Unwanted, aggressive behavior
Involves a power imbalance
What is cyberbullying?
Bullying that takes place over technology
Mean textx/emails, rumors posted on social networking sites, embarrassing pictures and videos, and fake profiles
What is Cyberbullying?
Bullying through use of technology
Can include: Mean texts/emails, rumors posted on social networking sites, embarrassing pictures and videos, fake profiles
May be more devastating than traditional face-to-face bullying
2011 Youth Risk Behavior
20% of students
in grades 9-12
16% of students
in grades 9-12
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Why doesn't the victim report cyberbullying?
Fear of backlash from the bully
Already socially isolated
Don't want to be seen as weak
Want to feel in control
Only 1/3 of kids notify an adult
Effects & Warning Signs
Decline in school performance and attendance
Change in sleep and eating patterns
Health complaints and changes
Sudden loss of friends or avoiding social situations
Who are the victims?
Perceived as different
Don't get alone with others
Appear to be weak and unable to defend themselves
Often bullied in person
Groups at a greater risk
Youth with disabilities
Race, ethnicity, national origin
Who are the cyberbullies?
Cyberbully A: Connected to peers, social power, concerned with popularity
Cyberbully B: Isolated from peers, low self-esteem, easily pressured by peers, doesn't identify with emotions/feelings of others
Factors & Warning Signs
Competitive and worry about reputation
Less parental involvement
Have friends who bully
Why do people cyberbully?
To be funny
Disregard for other's feelings
, you're doing
How can schools prevent cyberbullying?
Create policies and rules
Engage parents and youth
Build a safe environment
Assess the school
Challenges to preventing cyberbullying
Many people don't see the harm
Not everyone wants to step up and take responsibility
Cyberbullying & Legal Issues
There is no federal law that applies to cyberbullying, in some cases it overlaps with discriminatory harassment
The Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act was introduced in 2008 but has not been passed
Prohibits misuse of an "interactive internet service," which includes inflicting serious emotional distress on a minor or places the minor in reasonable fear of injury or death
Violators are guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprionment for up to 1 year and/or $500 maximum fine