Vital StatsMore than 1/3 of teachers surveyed said social networking Web sites have disrupted their school’s learning environment. • 69% Posting of R-rated content • 62% Too much personal information online • 42% Cyberbullying • 42% They’re wasting time! • 26% Creation of fake sites for principals/teachers TMI, Dude Survey by a recent National School Boards Assn. survey
Divagirl:Hey, loser, watch your back. tmt323:What r u talking about? Divagirl:Why don't you kill yourself while u r ahead? tmt323:Why can't you just leave me alone? Divagirl:Ugly girls like u need to be put in their place. Example of cyberbullying on iChat (Apple’s instant messaging)
How common is cyberbullying? • 90% of middle school students have had their feelings hurt online. • 75% have visited a Web site bashing another student. • 40% have had their password(s) stolen and changed by a bully. • Only 15% of parents polled knew what cyberbullying was. Source: wiredsafety.org
How common do you think cyberbullying is at your school?Take the a few minutes now to talk with two of your colleagues from other districts about the prevalence of cyberbullying taking place among your students.
8 Forms of Cyberbullying • Flaming: Using inflammatory or vulgar words to provoke an online fight • Harassment: Continually sending vicious, mean, or disturbing e-mails to an individual • Denigration: Spreading rumors, lies or gossip to hurt a person’s reputation • Impersonation: Posting offensive or aggressive messages under another person’s name
8 Forms of Cyberbullying, cont. • Outing: Posting or sharing confidential or compromising information or images • Trickery: Fooling someone into sharing personal information which you then post online • Exclusion: Purposefully excluding someone from an online group • Cyberstalking: Ongoing harassment and denigration that causes a person considerable fear for his/her safety
Taking action on cyberbullying! Cyber bullying is everyone’s business and the best response is a pro-active or preventative one. What do we do now?
What do you have in place? • AUP - Who signs it? • What are the consequences if its broken? • How can students report being bullied? • Are there anonymous alternatives? • What education is currently being delivered is this area? • How early is it being done?
Web Site Tools for Help to Combat Cyberbullying • WiredSafety • www.wiredsafety.org • www.stopcyberbullying.org/ • Media Awareness Network • www.media-awareness.ca • Bully Online • www.bullyonline.org/related/cyber.htm More…
Internet Super Heroes • www.internetsuperheroes.org/cyberbullying/ • NetSmartz Workshop Real Life Stories • www.netsmartz.org/resources/reallife.htm • National Crime Prevention Council - Cyberbullying • www.ncpc.org/parents/cyberbullying.php • iSafe • www.isafe.org
www.cyberbullying.wikispaces.com All resources used today can be found at:
Looking ahead…….. • Cyberbullying is harmful to children, and it happens more often than we know. • Educators and parents must teach children Cybersafety from an early age so that they can safely interact with others online • Communications and conversations with your child/student is important in deterring and detecting cyberbullying.