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Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Online Safety. Melanie L. Bruchet Assistant District Attorney Macon Judicial Circuit. Bullying. What is bullying? A repeated aggressive behavior that is used to control or harm someone. What does bullying look like?

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bullying cyberbullying and online safety

Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Online Safety

Melanie L. Bruchet

Assistant District Attorney

Macon Judicial Circuit

bullying
Bullying
  • What is bullying?
    • A repeated aggressive behavior that is used to control or harm someone.
  • What does bullying look like?
    • Teasing someone or making fun of them because of the way they

look, dress, or talk

    • Spreading rumors about someone at school
    • Calling someone a name or publicly humiliating them
    • Kicking, shoving, or punching someone at school without provocation
    • Spreading nasty rumors, humiliating someone, or posting

negative photos about them through email, instant messaging,

text, or internet posts

    • Intentionally and for no reason excluding someone lunch, play, or a group activity
types of bullying
Types of Bullying
  • Verbal bullying: saying or writing mean things
    • Teasing
    • Name-calling
    • Threatening to cause harm
  • Social bullying: hurting someone’s reputation or relationships
    • Leaving someone out on purpose
    • Telling other kids not to be friends with someone
    • Spreading rumors about someone
    • Embarrassing someone in public
  • Physical bullying: hurting a person’s body or possessions
    • Hitting/kicking/pinching
    • Spitting
    • Tripping/pushing
    • Taking or breaking someone’s things
    • Making mean or rude hand gestures
cyberbullying
Cyberbullying
  • Cyberbullying is any type of harassment or bullying that occurs through:
    • email
    • a chat room
    • instant messages
    • a website (including blogs, Facebook, Twitter)
    • or text messages
examples of cyberbullying
Examples of Cyberbullying
  • Disclosing someone else’s personal information to cause embarrassment.
  • Posting rumors or lies about someone on a website.
  • Distributing embarrassing pictures of someone by posting them or sending them via email or text.
  • Assuming another person’s identity to post or send messages about others with the intent of causing another person harm.
  • Sending mean, embarrassing, or threatening texts, instant messages, or emails.
why is bullying a big d eal
Why is bullying a big deal?
  • 1 in 3 kids has been bullied by the time they reach high school.
  • 43% of kids report having been harassed by digital media.
  • Victims of cyberbullying are twice as likely to attempt suicide than youth who have never experienced cyberbullying.
  • Victims of traditional bullying are 1.7 times as likely to attempt suicide than youth who have never experienced bullying.
  • Even the bullies themselves…
    • 60% of boys who said they were bullies in middle school have at least one criminal conviction by the age of 24

Lenhart A. Cyberbullying and Online Teens. Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2007.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J.W. (2010). Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Suicide. Archives of Suicide Research, 14(3), 206-221.

what can happen to bullies
What can happen to bullies?
  • Bullying can very easily become a crime, if you…
    • Physically assault someone
    • Harass someone, especially if the harassment is based on gender or race
    • Make violent threats
    • Make obscene and harassing phone calls or texts
    • Take a photo of someone in a place where they expect privacy
    • Extort or blackmail someone
what can i do for my child
What can I do for my child?
  • Communication is key!
    • Have a plan with your child for how they should react:
      • Don’t respond
      • Block or delete the bully
      • Save the evidence
      • Set up new accounts
      • Tell someone you trust
      • Contact authorities
how can i help my child and others
How can I help my child and others?
  • If you see or hear of someone being bullied, speak up!
  • Encourage your child to report to you or a teacher any bullying they see.
  • Find out what your child’s school’s policy is on bullying.
  • Look for the warning signs that your child may be being bullied, and ask them about it.
  • Stay involved!
is my child being bullied
Is my child being bullied?
  • Look for the warning signs that your child may be being bullied or harassed:
    • Newly formed reluctance to attend school or social events
    • Change in eating or sleeping habits
    • Falling grades for no apparent reason
    • Appears stressed to receive a text or email
    • Begins to avoid using computers or cell phones
online and social media safety
Online and Social Media Safety
  • How many of your children have a…
    • Smartphone or tablet?
    • Xbox Live, PS3, or other gaming system with a chat feature?
    • Facebook account?
    • Twitter?
    • Snapchat?
facebook
Facebook
  • How many of your children have over 50 friends?
  • 100?
  • 200?
  • …more?
  • How many of those people has your child met in person, in real life?
  • Did you know that you are not legally allowed to have a Facebook account until you’re 13 years old?
  • Did you know that posts made from a smartphone pinpoint their GPS location at the time?
who can i call
Who can I call?

1-800-843-5678 (THE-LOST)