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  1. Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Online Safety Melanie L. Bruchet Assistant District Attorney Macon Judicial Circuit

  2. Bullying • What is bullying? • A repeated aggressive behavior that is used to control or harm someone. • What does bullying look like? • Teasing someone or making fun of them because of the way they look, dress, or talk • Spreading rumors about someone at school • Calling someone a name or publicly humiliating them • Kicking, shoving, or punching someone at school without provocation • Spreading nasty rumors, humiliating someone, or posting negative photos about them through email, instant messaging, text, or internet posts • Intentionally and for no reason excluding someone lunch, play, or a group activity

  3. Types of Bullying • Verbal bullying: saying or writing mean things • Teasing • Name-calling • Threatening to cause harm • Social bullying: hurting someone’s reputation or relationships • Leaving someone out on purpose • Telling other kids not to be friends with someone • Spreading rumors about someone • Embarrassing someone in public • Physical bullying: hurting a person’s body or possessions • Hitting/kicking/pinching • Spitting • Tripping/pushing • Taking or breaking someone’s things • Making mean or rude hand gestures

  4. Cyberbullying • Cyberbullying is any type of harassment or bullying that occurs through: • email • a chat room • instant messages • a website (including blogs, Facebook, Twitter) • or text messages

  5. Examples of Cyberbullying • Disclosing someone else’s personal information to cause embarrassment. • Posting rumors or lies about someone on a website. • Distributing embarrassing pictures of someone by posting them or sending them via email or text. • Assuming another person’s identity to post or send messages about others with the intent of causing another person harm. • Sending mean, embarrassing, or threatening texts, instant messages, or emails.

  6. Why is bullying a big deal? • 1 in 3 kids has been bullied by the time they reach high school. • 43% of kids report having been harassed by digital media. • Victims of cyberbullying are twice as likely to attempt suicide than youth who have never experienced cyberbullying. • Victims of traditional bullying are 1.7 times as likely to attempt suicide than youth who have never experienced bullying. • Even the bullies themselves… • 60% of boys who said they were bullies in middle school have at least one criminal conviction by the age of 24 Lenhart A. Cyberbullying and Online Teens. Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2007. Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J.W. (2010). Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Suicide. Archives of Suicide Research, 14(3), 206-221.

  7. What can happen to bullies? • Bullying can very easily become a crime, if you… • Physically assault someone • Harass someone, especially if the harassment is based on gender or race • Make violent threats • Make obscene and harassing phone calls or texts • Take a photo of someone in a place where they expect privacy • Extort or blackmail someone

  8. What can I do for my child? • Communication is key! • Have a plan with your child for how they should react: • Don’t respond • Block or delete the bully • Save the evidence • Set up new accounts • Tell someone you trust • Contact authorities

  9. How can I help my child and others? • If you see or hear of someone being bullied, speak up! • Encourage your child to report to you or a teacher any bullying they see. • Find out what your child’s school’s policy is on bullying. • Look for the warning signs that your child may be being bullied, and ask them about it. • Stay involved!

  10. Is my child being bullied? • Look for the warning signs that your child may be being bullied or harassed: • Newly formed reluctance to attend school or social events • Change in eating or sleeping habits • Falling grades for no apparent reason • Appears stressed to receive a text or email • Begins to avoid using computers or cell phones

  11. Online and Social Media Safety • How many of your children have a… • Smartphone or tablet? • Xbox Live, PS3, or other gaming system with a chat feature? • Facebook account? • Twitter? • Snapchat?

  12. Facebook • How many of your children have over 50 friends? • 100? • 200? • …more? • How many of those people has your child met in person, in real life? • Did you know that you are not legally allowed to have a Facebook account until you’re 13 years old? • Did you know that posts made from a smartphone pinpoint their GPS location at the time?

  13. Are you sure this isn’t your child’s friend?

  14. Who can I call? 1-800-843-5678 (THE-LOST)