Joseph Lesniak
Assistant District Attorney
      (610) 891-4052 or
 For Your Consideration…

“Bullying poisons the
 educational environment and
 affects the learning of every
 child.” (Olweus)
   Subtle and Not-So-Subtle
        Ways to Bully
 Subtle Intimidation or Overt
  Discrimination = loss or destruction of
 Bullies rely on fear
 Bullies exert power
Study of Children Who Bully:

60% of boys who bullied in middle
school had at least one conviction by
age 24.

40% had three or more (Olweus)
       Impact on the Victim

Everyday ~160,000 students stay home from school
  due to the fear of being bullied (Vail, 1999)

15% - 25% of U.S. students are bullied with some
  frequency (Nansel et al, 2001)
 Kids & Teens Use the Internet Daily

 Research, Read, Write
 Blog, Make Sites, Create Social Networks
 Search for Colleges & Jobs
 Share Photos & Videos
 Chat / Instant Message (IM)
 Play Games
 Download Music, Movies
           Internet Safety 101

Inappropriate content:
   Pornography

   Hateful, racist, and violent material

   Details of illegal activity
     Obtaining drugs, alcohol
     How to make drugs, explosives
     Gambling websites
  The Internet is Everywhere

 The Internet is accessible from almost any
  location and portable devices
 Kids need your help navigating the Internet
  to avoid its risks
        Your Child’s Online Life

  33% of 13 to 17-year-olds reported that their parents
  or guardians know “very little” or “nothing” about
  what they do on the Internet. (Source: NCMEC & Cox

 Communicate with your kids about online safety

 Educate yourself about the Internet and related
       What’s Your IM IQ?

MOS     Mom Over Shoulder
CD9     Code 9: Parents Nearby
A/S/L? Age, sex, location?
GNOC! Get Naked On Camera!
MIRL    Meet in real life
        You Can’t Take It Back!

Online profiles and blogs can also be viewed by:
   Parents, guardians, and relatives

   Teachers and principals

   Colleges and universities

   Employers


        If it’s on the Internet, IT’S NOT PRIVATE.
      You Can’t Take It Back!

Photos and videos should never be posted online if
they show:
 Backgrounds that reveal identifying information

 Sexually provocative poses

 Too much skin
             WHAT IS

- When a child is tormented, harassed, embarrassed,
 threatened, or humiliated repeatedly by another child
 or group of children

- Occurs online or through another electronic device

- Research indicates that at least half of middle and
 high school students have been bullied online at least
            CYBER-BULLY vs.

 ANONYMOUS – Cyber-bullies can hide their identities

 NO SUPERVISION online – on the playground, adults
  are usually watching!

    Most kids have cell phones or Internet access
 Instant Messaging
 Email
 Social Networking
    Facebook, Myspace, MyYearbook, Stickam, YouTube
 Cell Phones
    Text Messages
    Apps - iPhone’s “Ugly Meter”
        Cyber-Bullying Matters

 19% of teens report being harassed or bullied online

 The incidence is higher among kids 16- and 17- year-
  olds at 23%

 85% of incidents occur when youth are at home
• Information can be inadvertently revealed
  in pictures
• Sexually provocative pictures can be used
  for exploitation
            How to Create
       Safer Social Networking

 Make your own profile and add your
  children as friends

 Learn the site’s safety features

 Have children use privacy settings

 Teach kids to add only friends they know in real life

 Examine their list of friends and browse their
  friends’ pages
         Facebook Security

 Facebook allows it’s users to download a copy of their
  profile to a zip file that Facebook stores.
 This information can be provided to Law Enforcement in
  the event an incident occurs involving a Facebook
 Parents with access to their child's profile can download
  this information and provide a copy to LEA for their
 This includes photos, videos, posts, messages, friends
  lists, and other content shared with others.
          Download Profile

 Access “Account” from drop down menu in upper
  right corner

 Choose “Account Setting”

 At bottom of menu choose “Download Your
  Information, Learn More”

 Choose “Download”
What is “sexting”?

           The sending or
             receiving of
            suggestive or
            explicit text or
          pictures via one’s
           cell phone, web
             cam or other
          electronic means.
        How widespread is this
   One in five teens (13-19 years) of age have sent/posted nude or
    semi-nude pictures or videos of themselves

   21% of teen girls and 39% of teen boys sent these photos in
    hopes of dating or 'hooking up' with the person receiving the

   51% of girls say they have felt pressure from a guy to send
    nude photos

   33% of boys admit to having looked at nude or semi nude
    images - originally meant for someone else

           The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
  Real life imitates life online
 What teens are doing electronically seems to have
  an effect on what they do in real life: 22% admit that
  technology makes them personally more forward
  and aggressive.
 38% say exchanging sexy content makes dating or
  hooking up with others more likely.
 29% believe those exchanging sexy content are
  “expected” to date or hook up.
     Tragic Consequences

After his former girlfriend taunted him, Phillip Alpert
 remembered the nude photos she e-mailed to him
 while they were dating.

He took revenge with an electronic blast — e-mailing
 the photos of the 16-year-old girl to more than 70
 people, including her parents, grandparents and
Teen committed suicide over
 Jesse Logan was taunted about photo
         she sent to boyfriend

         February 15, 1990 - July 3, 2008
Cell Porn Scandal Hits Pa. High School
ALLENTOWN, PA. January 24, 2008 (AP)

                                       “Police faced a difficult
                                        if not impossible task
                                        Thursday as they tried
                                        to stop the spread of
                                        pornographic video
                                        and photos of two high
                                        school girls, images
                                        that were transmitted
                                        by cell phone to dozens
                                        of the girls' classmates
                                        and then to the wider
     Discussion Points
Scenario 1

 Boyfriend breaks up with the girl then sends the
 image to 20 of his friends who then send it to their

             Charge      Don’t charge
     Discussion Points
Scenario 2

 The original girl commits suicide as the result of her
 picture being shared all over the Internet.

             Charge      Don’t charge
  What Can Parents & Schools Do?

Set rules for Internet use:
 What sites can your child visit?

 Whom can they talk to online?

 How much time can they spend online?

 Keep the computer in a common room (not in
  secluded areas like a bedroom or basement)
          What You Can Do

Consider safeguarding options:

  Filtering applications restrict access to
   inappropriate material

  Monitoring software records websites
   visited, chat conversations, and other
             What You Can Do

 Tell your child not to respond to harassing

 Save the evidence

 Set up a new account for your child and lock them
  out of the old one

 If you believe your child is in immediate danger,
  contact your local law-enforcement agency.
            What You Can Do

 Encourage your child to confide in you about
  anything that makes them feel scared,
  uncomfortable, or confused while online

 Prepare yourself beforehand for what they may tell
                 What We Do

 Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces

 Coordination with the National Center for Missing &
  Exploited Children (NCMEC)

 Coordination with local, state, and federal law
  enforcement agencies
Megan Meier
    The New York Times
    August 3, 2008

    “Megan Meier, 13, began receiving
    nasty messages from a boy after a
    few weeks of an online flirtation
    with him, via her MySpace
    account, ending with one that
    suggested “the world would be a
    better place” without her. Megan,
    believing she had been rejected by
    "Josh," committed suicide in her
        Megan Meier

- 13 years old
- The “Unattractive Girl”
- Catholic School, MO
- Committed Suicide on:
              October 17, 2006
- A mother was Charged & Convicted
    (conviction was later overturned)
          Megan Meier

- The “Bullies” used:
    - MySpace
    (created a “hoax” account and used
    it to post “mean” comments)
       Phoebe Prince

- 15 years old
- The “New Girl”
- South Hadley High School, Mass.
- Committed Suicide on:
              January 14, 2010
- 5 Students Charged
         Phoebe Prince

- The “Bullies” used:
    - Facebook
    - Twitter
    - Craigs List
    - Springform
       Phoebe Prince

You do not want to have to hold a
      vigil at your school
 Cyber-bullying Research Center –

 National Center for Bullying Prevention -

 STOP Cyberbullying –

 Netsmartz –

 National Center for Missing & Exploited Children -

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