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CYBERBULLYING. Victims of Cyberbullying who eventually took their own lives. What Does Cyberbullying Involve? (Chisholm, 2006). Cyberbullying occurs via: chat rooms online bulletin boards e-mail instant messaging web sites cell phones on-line multiplayer video games

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Victims of Cyberbullying who eventually took their own lives

What Does Cyberbullying Involve?(Chisholm, 2006)

  • Cyberbullying occurs via:

    • chat rooms

    • online bulletin boards

    • e-mail

    • instant messaging

    • web sites

    • cell phones

    • on-line multiplayer video games

  • Cyberbullying involves:

    • harassing

    • humiliating

    • intimidating

    • sending derogatory insults or threats in messages

    • teasing

    • using inappropriate language

What Makes Cyberbullying Different From Traditional Bullying

  • Anonymity

    • People often act in ways that they usually would not act because the other person can’t physically see them (Mishna, Saini, & Solomon, 2009)

  • Rampant Distribution

    • Something that is posted on the internet or sent over text messages spreads very fast

  • Around the Clock

    • There doesn’t have to be physical contact for cyberbullying to take place

Social Networking Sites and Cyberbullying

  • Breeding ground for rumors, derogatory comments, and threats

    • Word meanings are often misunderstood when they are only read

  • Stolen passwords

    • Friends often share passwords or steal passwords which results in inaccurate posts- PROTECT YOUR PASSWORDS!

  • Exclusion

    • Things can be said about a person without them knowing. This isn’t fair because they are unable to defend themselves

Text Messaging and Cyberbullying

  • Using other’s phones

    • Be careful to whom you lend your phone. You never know what they are sending. You could get into some serious trouble.

  • Sending inappropriate pictures

    • Sexting

      • It is against the law to take, send, and receive sexually explicit pictures of minors

      • The act of sexting becomes cyberbullying when the pictures are circulated without consent resulting in 2 serious offenses.

Types of Cyberbullies(Chisholm, 2006)

  • “Vengeful Angels”

    • Those who are trying to “take up for” a friend who is getting picked on.

      • Don’t get in the middle of someone else’s cyberbullying situation. The best advice you can give your friend is to stop communicating with the bully/bullies.

  • “Power Hungry”

    • Those who pick on others only to make themselves feel powerful or dominant.

      • Be aware of these types of bullies. Try to avoid contributing to their mission to gain power by taking their side.

  • “Inadvertent Cyberbully”

    • Those who send a message that is misunderstood.

      • Be careful that what you say through the internet or text messaging is clear and cannot be misunderstood

  • “Mean Girls”

    • Girls who gang up on other girls and try to exclude them or humiliate them.

      • Don’t be a part of the “gang”

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones but Words Will Never Hurt Me?


  • Cyberbullying can cause

    • Emotional distress

    • Academic problems

    • Absenteeism

    • Violence

    • Suicide

Washington State Law

  • According to RCW § 9.61.260 it is a against the law to harass, intimidate, torment, or embarrass someone through electronic communications.

  • Arrests have been made in cases where cyberbullying led to tragedy

What Can YOU Do?

  • Be aware of the way that you communicate with others through electronic means of communication

  • Don’t jump in the middle of a Facebook/Myspace argument or bullying situation. Instead, tell an adult if it is a situation that has gotten out of hand

  • Delete “friends” who constantly seem to be causing problems on social networking sites

  • Tell the counselor or a teacher if you know of a situation in which someone that you know is being bullied

    *There are also instructions for reporting harassment in your student handbook

  • Considering the consequences of cyberbullying

Any Questions?

  • References

  •  American School Counseling Association. (2003). The ASCA national model: A framework for school counseling programs. Alexandria, VA: ASCA.

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  • Bakken, L., Gentes, C., & Solberg, N. (n.d.). Middle school cyberbullying curriculum. Seattle Public

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  • Chisholm, J. (2006). Cyberspace violence against girls and adolescent females. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1087(1), 74-89. doi:10.1196/annals.1385.022

  • Eckholm, E., Zezima. (2010, March). 6 teenagers are charged after classmate’s suicide. The New York

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  • Mishna, F., Saini, M., Solomon, S. (2009). Ongoing and online: Children and youth’s perceptions of cyber bullying. Children and Youth Services Review, 31, 1222-1228. doi: 10.1016/j.child youth.2009.05.004

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