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Cyberbullying Presentation

What is Cyberbullying? What does it looks like? What can you do about it? By Randy Hogue

Randy Hogue

on 11 June 2010

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What is Cyberbullying? What does cyberbullying look like? How is bullying at school related to cyberbullying? Why we must stop cyberbullying? What are the signs that my child is being bullied online? What are the signs that my child may be bullying others online? What do I do if my child is experiencing cyberbullying? What do I do if my child is bullying other kids online? How can I work with my school to prevent cyberbullying? What can I do in my home prevent cyberbullying? What questions can I ask my child to start a discussion about cyberbullying? Sending mean, vulgar, or thereatening messages or images Posting sensitive, private information about another person Pretending to be someone else in order to make that person look bad Intentionally excluding someone from an online group Cyberbullying can involve varying forms of technology: Mobile phone calls Text messages Picture/video clips E-mail Instant messaging Chat rooms Websites Gaming "Griefing" -
players use IM, chat, and voice chat features to taunt other online players. (e.g. Nintendo, Wii, Xbox 360, and playstation 3) Recent studies show - cyberbullying
most commonly involved phone calls, texts,
and instant messages. The nature of electronic bullying or cyberbullying often includes:
Sending mean, vulgar, or threatening messages online or via text
Posting sensitive, private information or pictures about another person
Intentionally excluding someone from on oline group
Pretending to be someone else in order to make that person look bad
Spreading lies and rumors about victoms
Tricking somone into revealing personal information

Cyberbullying is a whole-school and community issue. Bullying is about the abuse of power. Children who are part of "offline" bullying are more likely to be involved with cyberbullying.
Cyberbullying is distinguished from face-to-face bullying in four ways. No place to hide Involves a wide audience Protected by anonymity Students who cyberbully do not see the response of their victim. Its affects mental health, academic work, and physical health of children who are targeted. It can occur at any time of the day or night Messages and images can be distributed quickly to a very wide audience Children and youth can be anonymous when cyberbullying, which makes it difficult (and sometimes impossible) to trace. Research examining the harm shows that pictures and video clips were perceived to cause much greater harm than traditional bullying. Cyberbullying Avoiding the computer, cell phone, and other technological devices or appearing stressed when receiving an e-mail, instant message, or text. Withdrawing from family and friends, or acting reluctant to attend school and social events. Avoiding conversations about computer use. Displaying numerous negative feelings, including sadness, anger, frustration, reduced tolerance and worry. Grades beginning to decline. Lack of eating or sleeping. Don't respond to the message. Save the evidence. Tell a trusted adult. Don't forward it. Show kids how to block cyberbullies and to delete messages without reading them. Never encourage your child to seek revenge and further escalate the cyberbullying problem. Remind kids to keep their passwords secret. Assure kids that cyberbullying is never their fault. Advise your child to ignore the message. Do not ignore the problem. Consider setting up new email, IM, gaming, or cell phone accounts and share them with only trusted friends. Gaming? Make new accounts, disable or block voice chats. Support the school and advocate for anti-bullying interventions. Encourage the use of new technologies for reporting. Help circulate literature. Encourage your child's school to utilize educational programs designed to inform kids about cyberbullying. Has been involved in bullying incidents at school or has been targeted in the past. Avoids conversations about computer and cell phone activities. Quickly switching screens or closing programs when you walk by the computer. Laughing excessively while using the computer or cell phone. Using multiple online accounts, or an account that is not his or her own. Spending an unusual amount of time using the computer or cell phone. Becoming upset when access to the computer or cell phone is denied. Keep your home computer(s) in easily viewable places, such as family room or kitchen. Talk to your child about online activities.
Talk specifically-
Encourage your child to share -
Explain that cyberbullying is harmful and unacceptable behavior -
Tell your child that you may review their online activity at any time. Consider installing parental control filtering software and or traking programs but don't rely solely on these tools. Increase your supervision Spend more time with your child Develop clear and consistant rules Increase your knowledge of technology Explain that it is unacceptable Examine behavior and interactions in your home Model respect, kindness and empathy Be realisitic Share your concerns with your child's teacher Talk with a school counselor How would you react if someone created a fake profile mocking you on a networking site? Talk about the possible effects and consequences of cyberbullying. Why do you think people harass or cyberbully? How would harassment make you feel? Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever sent an e-mail, text, or an IM out of anger? How can you prevent yourself from being cyberbullied? "Special Edition Cyberbullying" [Online] http://www.education.com/special-edition/bullying/cyberbullying/ 6.7.10. Build on your child's talents Focus on prevention they may have not considered - not posting personal information, photos that could be used against you, don't share passwords. Encourage your child to share about other victims of cyberbullying. Outline your expectations.
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