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Transcript of Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying can be very damaging to
adolescents and teens.
Cyberbullying creates it's own
challenge for law enforcement...
~ Virtually untraceable
~Hard to prove
the use of the Internet and related technologies to harm other people, in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner
Cyberbullying can take many forms:
• Sending mean messages or threats to a person's email account or cell phone
• Spreading rumors online or through texts
• Posting hurtful or threatening messages on social networking sites or web pages
• Stealing a person's account information to break into their account and send damaging messages
• Pretending to be someone else online to hurt another person
• Taking unflattering pictures of a person and spreading them through cell phones or the Internet
• Sexting, or circulating sexually suggestive pictures or messages about a person
Due to advancements in technology, cyberbullying no longer fits in one standard category of crime so a new category is needed...
These affects don't disappear...Once circulated on the internet, photos, and comments NEVER disappear!
In a study of approximately 2,000 randomly selected middle-school students
•20% of the students reported that they seriously think about attempting suicide
•18.3% said they received a upsetting email from someone which caused the suicide comtemplation
Not Public Order
The damages done leave
no physical damage
to the victim
Cyberbullying is not
visible to the public like a shooting would be. All offenses are hidden on a private computer
Cyberbulling is targeted at one specific individual and even though cyberbulling affects the community most people are unaware of it's affects
1st Electcric computer
World Wide Web globalized
1965: Email invented and publicized
second generation cellular technology was launched
1st text message sent
Smart phone developed combining calls and web
As with the development of technology, the more accessible technology is to youth the more likely they will participate in cyberbullying.
Due to easier access to the internet through computers and cell phones cyberbullying has and is only increasing as time passes
Have Social Networking Profiles
Cyberbullying @ Memorial
Of the memorial students who have been cyberbullied...
66 say the incident has seriously impacted their lives
94 replied that the incident has had a moderate impact on their lives
301 either didn't comment or said that the incident did not impact their lives
Words hurt, even when they are not spoken
*There is some controversy about whether considering cyberbullying to be a criminal offense violates the 1st Amendment Rights to Free Speech
Cybercrime is exclusive to the use of the internet and technology where as no other categories mention technology
Bullying at Memorial
Sometimes teens feel so depressed that they consider ending their lives...
Each year, almost 5,000 young people, ages 15 to 24, kill themselves.
The rate of suicide for this age group has nearly tripled since 1960.
Studies show that suicide attempts among young people may be based on long-standing problems triggered by a specific event.
Suicidal adolescents may view a temporary situation as a permanent condition.
Feelings of anger and resentment combined with exaggerated guilt can lead to impulsive, self-destructive acts.
*Wisconsin is one in five U.S. states that has no legislature in effect or in the process of being adapted.
Implicates that school personal authorizes
With appeal process
of all students who
1. Make an explicit threat on the internet
2. The Internet helped spread an explicit threat
3. threatens the safety of the school through the internet
Schools must notify parents of the bullying and gives school authority to punish students through expulsion
The legislature in California was one of the first to pass legislature on the topic of Cyberbullying
~Legislature expanded the definition of Bullying to include cybercrime
~Disciplinary action passes from minor offenses to suspension and expulsion
Wisconsin needs a law to go into affect that provides state wide penalties instead of limiting reactions to school.
Fines for the Bully
Referrals to a counselor for action reaction therapy
Community service building to Jail time (upon trial)
For the victim:
Mandatory evaluations to reduce suicide risks
Counseling to improve self esteem thoughts
Group meetings between victims
If you or someone you know is a victim of cybercrime or thinking of committing suicide dont hesitate to call
Suicide Hotline: 800-784-2433
Cyber Tipline: 800-843-5678
Both of these hotlines are open 24 hours 7 days a week and have specialized medical help available
We Feel that mandatory counseling is in order because seeing a professional would fix all the typical reasons they bully including:
Low self esteem
Low self worth
Lack of Control