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Bullying & Cyberbullying

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Bullying & Cyberbullying

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  1. What is it? • Examples • Impact and support for students • Bystander effect • Prevention Bullying & Cyberbullying

  2. “Bullying is the intention to repeatedly harm someone over time. It occurs in a relationship where an imbalance of power exists. It includes unwelcome physical contact, verbal and /or emotional abuse with the intent to harm, embarrass, or demean another person.” Bullying

  3. Physical Acts -Unwanted touching, hitting, tripping, making someone drop books, stealing or damaging items Verbal Abuse -Teasing -Name-calling, put-downs -Harmful gossip, threats Emotional Abuse -Intimidation -Humiliation -Exclusion or Social Isolation Cyber -Texting, internet, facebook, twitter, instagram, blogs Examples of Bullying

  4. By Students: • Report all instances of bullying to your parent, teacher, and/or administrator • Walk away and refrain from fighting • Walk with a group of students • Don’t confront the bully head-on • Don’t carry a weapon • Ask for help from adults to learn how to improve social skills Helping

  5. “An aggressive, intentional act carried out by a group or individual, using electronic forms of contact, repeatedly and over time against a victim who cannot easily defend him or herself.” Smith et al., 2008 Cyberbullying

  6. Repeatedly sending offensive, rude and insulting messages • Distributing or posting derogatory information about another • Posting or sending digitally altering photos • Impersonating another and sending offensive messages • Tricking someone into revealing embarrassing information and forwarding to others • Teasing • Spreading rumors • Defamation Examples of Cyberbullying

  7. Bullying • A bully says something nasty and its only heard when he/she says it. • The bully makes him/herself known to the victim. • The primary bully is usually physically stronger. • Bullies are usually limited to attacking at certain hours of the day. • Often bullies attack face-to-face. • In most physical bullying attacks, there are relatively few witnesses. • Cyberbullying • A cyberbully can say something damaging online and it may be accessed practically forever. • Often times the bully can be anonymous. • Physical stature of the bully is not relevant. • Cyberbullying can be done 24/7. • Cyberbullying is never face-to-face. • Witnesses of cyberbullying can be within the school, country or even world-wide. Bullying

  8. Reasons for Cyberbuylling Retaliation Entertainment Gain social status Assertion Jealousy Boredom Peer pressure Anonymity

  9. By Bystanders: • Choose not to be a part of the problem • Help the target get away or distract them • Comfort the victim of cyberbullying/sexting • Don’t contribute to a blog or web poll that attacks a target • Don’t forward or copy and paste harmful, hurtful or derogatory emails, text messages or pictures to another site. • Save, copy and print out examples of cyberbullying and give them to the target so he/she can be aware of what is happening and report to an adult. • Tell a caring adult you trust who will keep your identity Other Ways of Helping

  10. By Parents: • Stress respect in your home by modeling positive regard for everyone • Teach & model appropriate interpersonal skills • Teach your child to seek help from a trusted adult • Explain bullying and why it is wrong • Hold regular family meetings for discussion of issues • Talk to your child • Listen, Listen, and Listen to your child • Discuss and role play positive strategies to use • Encourage your child to stay with a group • Record details-who, when, where, and what happened • Request a conference with the teacher, counselor, & principal • Monitor your child’s friends Helping