The New Bullies on the Internet. By: Kaitlyn Sassone. What is Cyberbullying?.
The New Bullies on the Internet
By: Kaitlyn Sassone
“Cyberbullying is defined as any cyber-communication or publication posted or sent by a minor online, by instant messenger, e-mail, website, online profile, handheld device, cell phone or other interactive device that is intended to frighten, embarrass, harass or otherwise target another minor.”
Instant Message Chat:
BabyGirl: Hey, dork, watch your back!!
NmS23: What r u talking about?
BabyGirl: Why don't you just run away?
NmS23: Why can't you just leave me alone?
BabyGirl: Ugly girls like u need to be put in their place.
“Flaming’: Online fights using electronic messages with angry and vulgar language
“Harassment”: Repeatedly sending offensive, rude, and insulting messages
“Cyber stalking”: Repeatedly sending messages that include threats of harm or are highly intimidating. Engaging in other on-line activities that make a person afraid for his or her own safety
“Denigration”: ‘Dissing’ someone online. Sending or posting cruel gossip or rumors about a person to damage his or her reputation or friendships
“Impersonation”: Pretending to be someone else and sending or posting material online that makes that person look bad, gets that person in trouble or danger, or damages that person’s reputation or friendships
“Outing and Trickery”: Sharing someone’s secret or embarrassing information online. Tricking someone into revealing secrets or embarrassing information which is then shared online
“Exclusion”: Intentionally excluding someone from an on-line group, like a ‘buddy list’
Carmel Central School District
Acceptable Use Policy Consent and Waiver for Employees, Parents, and Students
CONSENT AND WAIVER AGREEMENT
By signing this Acceptable Use Policy Consent and Waiver Agreement, I agree that I will abide by the terms of the Acceptable Use Policy for Technology and the Internet of the Carmel Central School District. I have read the Acceptable Use Policy for Technology and the Internet, and I understand it. I further understand that this form will be kept on file for future reference. Name: ___________________________________ (Please Print Legibly)Signature: ________________________________Date: ___________
The Technology Facilitator in every school district should be responsible for informing parents/guardians about what can happen to children while using the internet. Part of the Technology Facilitators job should be to create a presentation. This presentation should be presented at the beginning of every school year. It should be open to all Administrators, Educators, Parents and Students in the community.
The Technology Facilitator’s presentation should include the following:
“After rehearsal for the school play, Nicole remains in the auditorium by herself to practice dance moves, forgetting that the video camera is still on. The next day you and a friend discover the video of Nicole, which contains some silly and embarrassing footage. You decide to create a fake Facebook page for Nicole that contains some of the footage, and you invite the whole school to be her friend. The video of Nicole dancing becomes a school-wide joke, and people start to add visual and sound effects that make Nicole look even funnier. Before long, the video begins to spread around the Internet and Nicole receives hundreds of harassing messages.”
What would you do?
If cyberbullying is an ongoing occurrence, what else can educators and parents do to protect our children?
Brain Pop Cyberbullying Video. http://www.brainpop.com/technology/computersandinternet/cyberbullying/
Carmel Central School District, Acceptable Use Policy. http://www.carmelschools.org/
Cyberbullying Understanding and Addressing Online Cruelty. Cyberbullying Scenarios. http://www.adl.org/education/curriculum_connections/cyberbullying/Middle%20School%20Handouts.pdf
Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D., Director of the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use. http://privateschool.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=privateschool&cdn=education&tm=16&f=10&tt=2&bt=1&bts=1&zu=http%3A//csriu.org/onlinedocs/cskcstschools.pdf
Tweenangels Cyberbullying Video. http://www.tweenangels.org/video_animation/cyberbullying_video.html