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Cyberbullying:. What Parents Need to Know. Technology is Here to Stay. Technology has changed the world in many ways. Most of those changes have been positive; however, one negative has been the development of a new form of bullying… cyberbullying. What is Cyberbullying?.

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Cyberbullying:

What Parents Need to Know


Technology is Here to Stay

  • Technology has changed the world in many ways. Most of those changes have been positive; however, one negative has been the development of a new form of bullying…

    cyberbullying.


What is Cyberbullying?

  • When a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, cell phone or other digital technology.

  • Usually not a one-time thing, repetition or frequency of communication is a major indicator of cyberbullying.


Methods of Cyberbullying

  • Instant messaging (IM)

  • Texting

  • Chatrooms

  • email


Is It Cyberbullying?

  • Repeated e-mails or IMs

  • Following the child around online, into chat rooms, favorite web sites, etc.

  • Building fake profiles, web sites or posing as your child’s e-mail or IM

  • Planting statements to provoke third-party stalking and harassment


Is It Cyberbullying?

  • Signing your child up for porn sites and e-mailing lists and junk e-mail and IM.

  • Breaking in to their accounts online

  • Sharing intimate information about the child (sexual, special problems, etc.)

  • Sharing contact information about the child coupled with a sexual solicitation (“for a good time call …” )


Is It Cyberbullying?

  • Stealing or otherwise accessing their passwords

  • Posting images of the child online (taken from any source, including video and photo phones)

  • Posting real or doctored sexual images of the child online

  • Sharing personal information about the child


Is It Cyberbullying?

  • Encouraging that others share their top ten hit lists or ugly lists online and including your child on that list

  • Posting and encouraging others to post nasty comments on your child’s blog

  • Sending threats to others or attacking others while posing as your child


Is It Cyberbullying?

  • Registering your child’s name and setting up a bash web site or profile

  • Posting rude or provocative comments while posing as your child (such as insulting racial minorities at a web site devoted to that racial minority)

  • Sending spam or malware to others while posing as your child


Is It Cyberbullying?

  • Posting your child’s text-messaging address or cell phone number online to encourage abuse and increase your child’s text-messaging or cell phone charges

  • Sending “jokes” or rude things about your child to others or mailing lists

  • Copying others on your child’s private e-mail and IM communications

  • Posting bad reviews or feedback on your child


Why is Cyberbullying on the Rise?

  • 75% of teens own cell phones

  • Over 95% use the Internet regularly

  • Texting beat out every other form of daily communication for teens

  • 88% of teens text

  • Unlimited texting plans mean teens are sending on average over 3000 texts per month


Why Do Teens Cyberbully?

  • Anger

  • Frustration

  • Justice or Defense of Others

  • Entertainment

  • To Feel Better About Themselves

  • Boredom

  • Humor

  • To Be Popular

It’s Anonymous!


Signs That Your Teen Might Be a Victim of Cyberbullying

  • Signs of emotional distress during or after Internet or phone use

  • Being very secretive of digital life

  • Withdrawal from friends and activities

  • Avoidance of school or group gatherings

  • Grades are falling

  • Changes in mood, behavior, sleep or appetite

  • Long hours on the computer

  • Less attentive in school

  • Frequent complaints of illness or requests to stay home

  • Emotionally distant


Impact of Cyberbullying on Teens

  • No Safe Place: Bullying now follows teens wherever they go-even home.

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Stress-Related Disorders

  • Academic Failure


What to Do if Your Teen is Being Cyberbullied

  • Talk to your teen: Let your child know that it is not his/her fault.

  • Talk to your teen before calling anyone else: Teens don’t want to be considered “snitches”.

  • Do not over-react.

  • Do not under-react: Take it seriously. Using phrases such as “let it go” might minimize the problem.


What to Do if Your Teen is Being Cyberbullied

  • Have your teen “Take 5”: Put down the electronics and do something he/she loves to do for five minutes

  • Digitally block the bully

  • Limit access to technology: Keep the computer in a public place in the home

  • Use parental controls to monitor

  • Seek counseling if necessary


What to Do if Your Teen is Being Cyberbullied

  • Be Informed: Use sites such as netlingo.com to learn terminology of digital communication

  • If bullying persists or becomes more severe: Use monitoring software to document, then report to authorities


What to Do if Your Teen is Cyberbullying

  • Address the problem immediately

  • Make it clear that bullying of any kind is unacceptable

  • Remind your teen that use of cell phones and computers is a privilege that can be taken away

  • Make clear the serious consequences if the behavior continues

  • Be sure to follow through on consequences the first time. This shows your teen that you are serious.


Resources

  • stopcyberbullying.org

  • safetyweb.com

  • kidshealth.org

  • netlingo.com

  • wiredsafety.org


References

  • Beale, A. V., & Hall, K. R. (2007). Cyberbullying: What school administrators (and parents) can do. Clearing House, 81(1), 8-12. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

  • http://mashable.com/2010/10/14/nielsen-texting-stats/

  • http://www.onlinesecurityauthority.com/bullies-bullying

  • http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/talk/cyberbullying.html#

  • http://puresight.com/Cyberbullying/cyber-bullying-statistics.html


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