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Cyber bullying

Cyber bullying involves the use of information and technology such as e-mail, instant messaging, the publishing of defamatory personal web sites, and online personal polling web sites that are used to support conscious, willful, deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by one or more people with the intent to harm others

On-line harassment or threatening is Cyber bullying and it is on the rise.

Hot Trends...Educators and Parents Beware...

  • Instagram Beauty Contest...Not the Place to Find Self-Worth  
     “Am I hot or not?” It’s an Instagram game that is exploding on the Internet. Young girls around the age of 13 are posting photo of themselves on Instagram with #beautycontest, #rankme, #rateme and #amipretty hashtags and are looking for a quick virtual judgment of their beauty and in return they receive cruel or lewd comments that can damage their self-worth.  Some of the photos are head shots and some are more risky, which are “sexting.”  Obviously, these girls are not considering the privacy issue especially when hashtags are used or the variety of devastating comments this type of behavior solicits. Educators and parents made want to talk to their Instagramming kids and make them aware that the Internet is not a reliable place to seek self-worth or to post pictures to be rated by others.

Cyber Bullying Handouts

Cyber-Bullying Handouts Cyber-Bullying: Suggestions for Educators - (KCSS) Educate your students, teachers, and other staff members about cyber-bullying, its dangers, and what to do if someone is cyber-bullied.
Cyber-Bullying: Suggestions for Parents - (KCSS) Cyber-bullying can range from rude comments to lies, impersonations, and threats, therefore your responses may depend on the nature and severity of the cyber-bullying. Here are some actions that you may want to take after-the-fact.
Cyber-Bullying: Suggestions for Schools - (KCSS) Suggestions include: Updating Policies, Forming a Technology Abuse Committee, Professional Development, Teaching the Students, Informing the Parents, Monitoring Computer Usage and Evaluating Survey and Violation Data
Cyber-Bullying: Suggestions for Students - (KCSS) What to do if you are Cyber-bullied, How to Prevent being Cyber-bullied, and How to Prevent being a Cyber-bully
Cyber-Bullying: Poster - (KCSS) Promotional Poster Encouraging Students to Surf Smart, Share Less, and Think First
Cyber-Bullying:  Writing Prompts  - (KCSS) (From the Ad Council-YouTube videos. Titles hyperlinked below)
- The Kitchen (video) Writing Prompt (handout)
- Talent Show (video) Writing Prompt (handout)
- Bulletin Board (video) Writing Prompt (handout)
- Everyone Knows Your Name (video) Writing Prompt (handout)
- General Writing Prompt (handout)

Several schools have had issues with community bulletin board websites and the repercussions of the libelous comments spilling over into the instructional day. The Office of the Attorney General has developed a process to address one of the Internet Message that has been successful at getting posts and forums removed within 48 hours for no charge. Click here to download a PDF document detailing this process.

Free Curriculum and Scope/Sequence: Common Sense Media
Get all the tools you need with a FREE Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum and Parent Media Education Program. The relevant, ready-to-use instruction helps educators guide students  to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world where they live, study and play. Also, Common Sence Media has a feature called Digital Passport, which teaches and tests basics of online life for 5-8 grade. This site also has a list of  "Websites to Stop Bullying Online".

Standing Up, Not Standing By: An Anti-Cyberbullying Toolkit for Educators – Common Sense Education - Lessons and administrator tips to help take control of the daunting challenge of cyberbullying. 

Cyber Bullying: What is it?

(When one student targets another on-line)
  • Mean, vulgar or threatening email
  • Forwarding a private communication to others
  • Humiliating text sent over a cell phone
  • Web site mocking others
  • Posting embarrassing photos or video
  • Impersonating someone else to spread rumors
  • Intentionally excluding someone from an online group
  • Posting sensitive, private information about another person

Cyber Bullying prevention

How can you prevent being cyber bullied?
  • Don’t give out private information (Passwords, PIN)
  • Be careful about posting personal information such as name, address and cell numbers
  • Don’t share buddy lists
  • Delete messages from people you don’t know
  • Posting embarrassing photos or video
  • When something doesn’t sound right, leave the chat room
  • Intentionally excluding someone from an online group
  • Assume no digital communication is private

How to prevent miscommunication or becoming a cyber bully

How can you prevent miscommunication or becoming a cyber bully?
  • Don't email when you are angry
  • Don't forward an email that someone sent as a private message
  • Don't email with friends and target someone for entertainment
Questions before you post or send
  • Is this communication kind and respectful
  • How would I feel if someone else sent this to me
  • Does this violate any rules, pledges or laws
  • How would I feel if my actions were printed in the newspaper
  • Assume no digital communication is private
  • Would it be “okay” in real life or "face to face"
  • How will this reflect on me and my family

It is always hurtful, sometimes unlawful and sometimes changes lives forever...

The U.S. National Crime Prevention CouncilThe U.S. National Crime Prevention Council ...  Emailing and chatting with friends are children's most common online activities, after studying and playing games. But like many other social situations, some kids bully other kids online. The National Crime Prevention Council provides information and resources to help curb the growing problem of cyberbullying. (downloadable resources include brochures, podcasts, PSAs, etc.)

Everything You Need to Know about Parental Controls – Advice from Common Sense Media editors. ... Parental controls can support you in your efforts to keep your kids' Internet experiences safe, fun, and productive. …

Report CyberbullyingReport Cyberbullying: Cyberbullying Research Center provides links and contact information to report abusive content on: Social Media, Messaging Services, Classifieds, Search Engines, Cell Phone Service Providers, Internet Service Providers and Gaming

Cyber Safety Considerations for K-12 Schools and Districts - Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center researched how cyber incidents affect education agencies and the steps they can take to respond - describing what schools can do before, during, and after an incident. This also includes the most common cyber threats to students, including cyberbullying.

State Cyberbullying Laws - Cyberbullying Research Center -  ‎A brief review of state cyberbullying laws and policies.

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