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Stop Cyber-bullying Now!

Attention: 

STOP CYBER-BULLYING NOW!

The following video shows a glimpse of what some of the worst outcomes are from cyber-bullying:

Proof:

How many people are getting cyber bullied a year?

Bullying statistics 2010:

New bullying statistics for 2010 revealed about one in seven students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade is either a bully or has been a victim of bullying. Sometimes a teen or child who has been bullied eventually becomes the bully as a way to retaliate. In fact, revenge for bullying is one of the strongest motivations for school shootings, according to recent bullying statistics. A reported 61 percent of students said they believe students shoot others at school because they have been victims of physical violence at home or at school. This is a true indicator that bullying can occur in all forms by other students, children, teens as well as adults. According to various bullying studies, many teens and children act out violently on their peers through acts of bullying because they are abused at home.

Other bullying statistics:

  • Over half, about 56 percent, of all students have witnesses a bullying crime take place while at school.
  • A reported 15 percent of all students who don’t show up for school report it to being out of fear of being bullied while at school.
  • There are about 71 percent of students that report bullying as an on-going problem.
  • Along that same vein, about one out of every 10 students drops out or changes schools because of repeated bullying.
  • One out of every 20 students has seen a student with a gun at school.
  • Some of the top years for bullying include 4th through 8th graders in which 90 percent were reported as victims of some kind of bullying.
  • Other recent bullying statistics reveal that 54 percent of students reported that witnessing physical abuse at home can lead to violence in school.
  • Among students of all ages, homicide perpetrators were found to be twice as likely as homicide victims to have been bullied previously by their peers.
  • There are about 282,000 students that are reportedly attacked in high schools throughout the nation each month.

Bullycide statistics:

Suicide continues to be one of the leading causes of death among children under the age of 14. Bullycide is a term used to describe suicide as the result of bullying. New bullying statistics 2010 are reporting that there is a strong connection between bullying, being bullied and suicide, according to a new study from the Yale School of Medicine. Suicide rates are continuing to grow among adolescents, and have grown more than 50 percent in the past 30 years.

bullystatistics.org

Strategy:

  • Think about online safety.
  • If you are a student, kid or teen, watch these videos.  Think about yourself and how someone has effected you or how you are effecting someone.  If you need to:

Tell someone.

  • If you are a teacher or parent, start by showing and talking to kids about any of the following videos:

Anti-Cyber-Bullying

Cyber-Bullying Talent Show – You wouldn’t say this in person

Do you really know who you are talking to?

Bulletin Board – Once you put it in Cyber-Space, it is always there

Be careful what you post.  You never know who is going to see it

Sweety High – Straight talk about Cyber-Bullying

Anyone can seem like a different person Online – Brad Paisley

Consequences of Cyber-Bullying

Internet Stranger – Possible Case Scenarios

Read more about cyber-bullying.

 
 

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Finally! They are charging cyber-bully teens

Washington State has set a precedent by charging 11 and 12-year-old kids for cyber bullying.

This is fantastic.  All too often I have heard about kids making others upset writing on Facebook walls, harassing, creating fake profiles, showing and creating unsuitable content on computers, tablets and smartphones.  This isn’t just the boys.  It’s the girls too!  And it isn’t just the older ones.  Students are starting as young as grade 2.

This is definitely an issue that is occurring in schools, but they can’t take full responsibility for the problems.  People, young and old, educators, parents and children need to do something about this problem.

My recommendation is that it doesn’t stop there.  If all countries adopted laws that are not toothless, students will think twice about being inappropriate online. Coming from the top-down takes out the grey area for schools.  A lot of the harassment is taking place at night-time, on weekends, and in the summer time, which is outside of the educational domain.  Is it still suitable for schools to be managing these situations?

We are charting relatively new territory.  However, there is already substantial proof that cyber-bullying is effecting students detrimentally.

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) researcher Marilyn Campbell said many child victims of cyber and internet abuse felt they had no place to hide.

She said cyber bullies were posting personal information about the victim on the internet while letting all their peers know the web address via email.

Dr Campbell said the victim had no method of direct retaliation and could not even strike back physically. She said that there is a feeling that everybody in the peer group knows what’s going on, whereas in face-to-face bullying it’s at least more contained with only a small audience.

More than 13 per cent of students already had fallen victim to cyber-bullying by year eight of school and 25 per cent knew someone who had. More than half of kids thought the phenomenon was on the rise, the study showed.

While traditional bullying often had long-term damaging consequences for its victims, it was possible to surmise that cyber bullying could have even worse consequences, Campbell said.

What if countries and states are not taking control where you live?  What can you do?  This video has a few strategies, including parenting, education and involvement.

 

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Esafety: Thoughts about it

Paul White led a discussion about e-safety with an idea of a 360° tool, found here at generationsafe.ikeepsafe.org.  It is a self-assessment tool that asks educators to see how effective they are implementing safety through the cyber-world.  Some other resources that were mentioned included:

Things to consider when creating content were in reference to pod-casting and video editing online.  No specific items were mentioned in conjunction with these ideas, but some things that come to mind would be to make sure that people, especially students remain anonymous.  Ways to do this, would be to use fictional names and places in podcasts, to not allow any names to accompany children’s images in video, as well as to ensure that no imagery gives away the location of said children.  For example, crests and logos on shirts, billboards in the background, etc.

Another idea brought up was to have a focus with an Anti-cyberbullying week. The UK has a week designated to this from November 21st – November 25th.  At the website bullying.uk they stated a study found these stats, “43.5% of respondents aged 11-16 had been bullied via social networks such as Facebook, Bebo, Myspace, Twitter. 51% felt that blocking the bully from further contact or communication was a vital tool and a further 68 % felt that being able to report the perpetrator’s bullying activities would be advantageous.”

A simple way to cut down on the bullying would be to involve parents.  For example, parents or teachers could teach kids how to PrntScreen the bullying taking place online.  The parents of the bullied child could take this PrntScreen as evidence to the bullies parents and engage in a suitable conversation to try to rectify the problem.

One question that seems to arise again and again is, “Do schools block or not block Facebook?  Why or why not?”  I am definitely on the side which says, “Do NOT block Facebook”, but rather teach about profile limiting, privacy settings, using and what abuse is.  As educational foundations I think it is our job to be aware of all environments our students will be, and educate them about these environments.  Blocking such sites will do them no good when they get into the real world.  That said, these are some of the things that we need to concern ourselves with:

Facebook has incorporated a report button for people.  This is the dialogue box that pops up when it is enabled:

The REPORT/BLOCK button allows for the options necessary to report this person as you can see in the picture above.

As a school administrator, you can educate a large population.  Create a fake account and befriend as many students as possible.  You will be surprised how many and how fast students unwittingly allow access to their online personal lives through befriending.  After many of the friends have been established, have an assembly or an unveiling of who you actually are.  Watch the astonishment around the room, but also watch shortly afterward the action that takes place by students to put up safeguards against such actions.  Many of them will possibly re-evaluate their whole friends list in order to weed through actual friends and those who they don’t actually know.

But don’t just consider the little ones.  Run a course called “Facebook for the over 40s”.  Most often the young kids and teenagers have a pretty good grasp at much of the technology that is out there.  It is the non “digital natives” who are taking a slower time to jump on this bandwagon.  Therefore it is often necessary to help them out in order for them to properly guide their sons and daughters.  A course designed for them is just the thing to jump-start that relationship.

On the subject of esafety a debate naturally arises between primary and secondary teachers.  “Who should be blocked? What should be blocked? Should anything be blocked?” are all good questions with opposing answers depending upon whose lens you wish to view the answer through.  As a school, different proxy settings need to be put into place to enable and disable certain viewers from content depending upon age range or maturity.  A neat esafety site for kids to play games and learn is found here.

Finally, as educators, don’t limit the scope of the student’s online social networking to Facebook, but introduce them to other free online tools for collaboration: Google Docs, Scribed, Google Scholar, and a whole slew of other ideas are out there.  A great resource for finding Online Collaboration Tools is found here, at MindMeister.

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2011 in Technology

 

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