Pause Before You Post! CHC Peer Education
Cyber Safety Issues: Online Drama Online Reputation Using e-mail, social media, or text to: Send mean or threatening messages Spread rumors Hack into another person’s account to send damaging messages Pretend to be someone else online to tease or hurt another person Spread unflattering pictures or information about a person Take or spread sexually suggestive pictures or messages about a person the beliefs or opinions about someone encouraged by their online presence (social media profiles (Facebook) and any identifiable online participation(browsing certain websites)
Some On-line Statistics • Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying • More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyber threats online • Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet • Well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyber bullying occurs • In 2012, 27% of college admissions officers reported consulting Google and 26% checked Facebook. • The percentage who discovered something that negatively impacted an applicant’s chances of getting into the school nearly tripled – from 12% in 2011 to 35% in 2012.
Possible Consequences of Negative Cyber Use • Calvert Hall • CHC School officials do monitor cyber-related issues that occur before, during, and after school…including the Summer • Depending on severity: • General Detention • Suspension • Expulsion • Outside Calvert Hall • Civil suits by angry parents, individuals • Criminal charges • Damage to your chances of college admission or future employment
Steps for Online Success • Settle any conflicts face to face • Consider whether you want something around forever and/or made public • Think about how a joke could be taken out of context • Use the privacy settings provided and NEVER give out your password! • If there is information that you don’t want available, ask in person for whoever posted it to take it down. If they will not take it down, ask a parent, teacher, or counselor to help. • Keep threatening messages as proof • Pause before you post!
Next Time... Speak Up!