What is it? • When a someone is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another person using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones.
Effects of Cyberbullying • No longer limited to schoolyards or street corners, modern-day bullying can happen at home as well as at school — essentially 24 hours a day. And, for kids who are being cyberbullied, it can feel like there's no escape • Severe cyberbullying can leave victims at greater risk for anxiety, depression, and other stress-related disorders.
Why is it Dangerous? • Young people have killed each other and committed suicide after having been involved in a cyberbullying incident. • Last year these are some teens who took their lives:
Signs of Cyberbullying • signs of emotional distress during or after using the Internet • withdrawal from friends and activities • avoidance of school or group gatherings • slipping grades and "acting out" in anger at home • changes in mood, behavior, sleep, or appetite
BULLYING DIRECT Occurs on school property Poor relationships with teachers Fear retribution Physical: Hitting, Punching & Shoving Verbal: Teasing, Name calling & Gossip Nonverbal: Use of gestures & Exclusion CYBERBULLYING ANONYMOUS Occurs off school property Good relationships with teachers Fear loss of technology privileges Further under the radar than bullying Emotional reactions cannot be determined DIFFERENCES
“Inadvertent” Role-play Responding May not realize it’s cyber bullying “Vengeful Angel” Righting wrongs Protecting themselves “Mean Girls” Bored; Entertainment Ego based; promote own social status Often do in a group Intimidate on and off line Need others to bully; if isolated, stop “Power-Hungry” Want reaction Controlling with fear “Revenge of the Nerds” (“Subset of Power-Hungry”) Often Victims of school-yard bullies Throw ‘cyber-weight’ around Not school-yard bullies like Power-Hungry & Mean Girls CYBER BULLY CATEGORIES
How Can You Prevent Cyberbullying? • Refuse to pass along cyberbullying messages • Tell friends to stop cyberbullying • Block communication with cyberbullies • Report cyberbullying to a trusted adult
How Do I Stay Cyber-Safe? • Remember that the Internet is accessed by millions of people all over the world, not just your friends and family. While many Internet users are friendly, some may want to hurt you. Below are some ways to stay cyber-safe:
Stay Cyber-Safe... • Never post or share your personal information online (this includes your full name, address, telephone number, school name, parents’ names, credit card number, or Social Security number) or your friends’ personal information. • Talk to your parents about what you do online. • Never meet anyone face-to-face whom you only know online. • Never share your Internet passwords with anyone, except your parents.
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