Social Networking Online Safety and Cyber Bullying
Technology and You • 73% of teens are on a social networking site • 37% of teenagers send messages (text, online chat, email) every day • The average teen has 201 Facebook friends
The Dark Side of the Internet • 42% of young people have been bullied online, 1 out of 4 have had it happen multiple times • 59% of teens have given out personal info to someone they don’t know, including photos and physical descriptions • 29% have posted mean info, embarrassing photos, or spread rumors about someone • 29% have been stalked or contacted by a stranger they don’t know • 24% have had private or embarrassing info made public without their permission
How to Stay Safe Online • Create a secure password for yourself avoid pets names, nicknames, favorite sports team, band, etc. • Don’t share your password • Don’t post your address, contact info, or personal data online
How to Stay Safe Online Cont. • Only accept friend requests from people you know. • Make sure your social networking account is private, check your privacy settings. Only your friends should be able to see your profile/posts. • Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your parents, teachers, or employer to see. Colleges have denied students admission because of their online activity. • Think twice about what you’re posting. Private information should be kept private and off the internet, regardless of how secure you think your page is.
What is Cyber Bullying? • Cyber bullying is the misuse of technologies such as: email, instant messaging, website posts, digital messages or images sent to a cell phone to harass, intimidate, bully, or terrorize another person.
Why is it Easier to Bully Online? • Ability to remain anonymous • Sense of power • Parents aren’t always aware of what’s going on • Can reach multiple people in a short period of time • More comfortable saying things online than you would be in person
Effects of Cyber Bullying • People who are bullied are more likely to: • Develop low-self esteem • Get poor grades • Avoid attending school • Become withdrawn • Develop physical illness (stomachaches, headaches, etc.)
What Can You Do if You Are Being Cyber Bullied? • Avoid confrontations online, a simple disagreement can escalate quickly • Stop the interaction by blocking the user, or logging off the social networking site • Save a copy of the conversation or post • Determine who is being a cyber bully • Tell your parent, teacher, or counselor what’s going on so that they can help you • Don’t be afraid to involve an adult, cyber bullying is against our school policy and it is a serious matter
What Can You Do if you Know Someone is Being Cyber Bullied? • Don’t just be a bystander, take action! • If you are friends with the bully or know who they are, ask them to stop • Involve your parent, teacher, or counselor so that they can help put an end to the bullying