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					     CYBER BULLY

WHAT IS IT?
WHO ARE THEY?
WHAT TYPE OF DAMAGE IS THE RESULT
OF THIS BEHAVIOR ?
By Deborah B Finlay




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WHAT IS A CYBER BULLY?
Va Pilot




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           CYBER BULLY
   Cyberbullying is being cruel to others
    by sending or posting harmful material
    using the Internet, cellphone, or other
    electronic technological devises.
   The computer programs most
    frequently used for this behavior
    include both IM, and email; as well as
    web sites such as Blogs, chat rooms
    and internet gaming.
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"The New Bathroom Wall."




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The Lake Highlands message
board
     An anonymous poster, who identified himself
      or herself as "MOO BITCH," made fun of Lake
      Highlands sophomore Lauren Newby for her
      weight ("people don't like you because you are
      a suicidal cow who can't stop eating") and her
      bout with multiple sclerosis ("I guess I'll have
      to wait until you kill yourself which I hope is
      not long from now, or I'll have to wait until your
      disease [M.S.] kills you"), and urged her
      boyfriend, Chris, to break up with her ("I will
      have a huge celebration and hook up Chris
      with some hookers so that he knows what a
      non-fat cow looks like.")


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WHO ARE CYBER BULLIES?




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    ANYONE
   Kids who have access to the computer.
   Every personality type
   Kids who wouldn’t normally be rude in
    person will bully on the internet
   Popular kids, athletes ,skateboarders
   Honor students, Special Education students,
    average students
   ANY STUDENT!!!

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      Why do Kids continue!


   Over the Internet you don't really see
    their face or they don't see yours and
    you don't have to look in their eyes and
    see they're hurt.



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    CYBER BULLY RESULTS
   They are the latest weapons in a bully's
    arsenal – computers and the Internet. For
    most teenagers, the Web is like a second
    home where they go to talk and catch up
    with friends. But for some of them, that
    home doesn't feel safe these days because
    bullies have been coming to call. It's a new
    and odious use of the Internet and, right
    now, there's little anyone can do to stop it.
   Joan Leishman

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               Alex
   13 Years old
   Seemed happy and well adjusted
   Suicide
   Why
   Cyber bullying
   WBMS had an Alex, do you? How
    would you know?
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         What do kids say?
   ―The internet has really given everyone
    a voice and they've decided to use that
    voice to either criticize people or make
    fun of them in some sort of way," says
    one of the students at Deer Park
    Public School in Toronto ―

           Ophelia project




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        How can it hurt our kids?

   Bullying claims the lives of around 20
    teenagers a year and thousands more
    suffer physical and psychological
    torment. Charities are voicing concern
    that this new phenomenon is "growing
    like wildfire".
       Ophelia project




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        CANADIAN STATS

   Two thirds of Canadian kids (68%) say
    their parents never sit with them while
    they surf, never use filters to block
    unsuitable sites (65%), and never
    check to see what sites they’ve visited
    (54%)


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CALIFORNIA SAFE
SCHOOLS REPORT EXERPT
   Bullying is one of the most underreported,
    yet serious problems related to school
    safety today.
   160,000 students miss school every day
    because they are in fear of being bullied.
   Teasing and bullying are ranked by students
    ages 8 to 15 as greater problems than
    racism, AIDS, or alcohol.


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WOMEN’S EDUCATIONAL MEDIA
RESEARCH RESULTS CONTINUE
CAL SAFE SCHOOLS August 2004
   75 percent of school-shooting incidents, including
    the fatal shootings at Columbine and Santana high
    schools, have been linked to harassment and
    bullying.
   Bullying victims are five times more likely to be
    depressed and far more likely to be suicidal.
   Bullying victims are more likely to suffer physical
    ailments, including poor appetite, sleeplessness,
    coughs, colds and sore throats.
   Nearly 60 percent of middle school male bullies
    were convicted of at least one crime by the
    age of 24. Forty percent had three or more.


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          The Danger of Blogs
 Blog-journal entries
 Sites-Xanga(others MySpace, Live Journal,
  Diaryland, HotorNot, eCrush, Facebook)
 Dangers-
       Too much information
       Pictures
       Anyone can read them
       Flame mail is tame compared to blogs
       Whatever you post on the site becomes the
        property of that site.
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       Important information
         concerning Blogs
   Some blogs are owned by marketing
    companies
   Every item placed on the site becomes
    the property of the company.
   MySpace parent company Intermix
    recently acquired by News Corps new
    Fox Interactive Media for $580 million
    dollars.


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               Blog statistics
   Number of teens online will reach 22 million in
    2007.
    (Jupiter Research)
   The typical 13-year-old is online seven hours a
    week.
   Blogs — online journals or Web logs — are created
    at the rate of one every second, (Technorati, a blog
    search engine.)
   There are about 31.6 million blogs right now, and
    may hit 53.4 million by year's end.
    (Perseus Development, a Web survey company.)
   The most intense growth is happening at sites that
    allow images.
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          MyDeathSpace.com
   What is this space about?
        Users analyze the conditions surrounding the
        deaths of MySpace members who committed
        suicide
       Users analyze behavior on MyDeathSpace.com
         the activity isn't all about eulogizing. "Anger,
        curiosity and bravado reign on MyDeathSpace
        forums, where strangers pick apart the writings
        of MySpace members who die," according to the
        Times.
       The positive side of such public display of death
        is suicide prevention. Referrals from MySpace
        users have become the largest source of calls to
        a suicide hotline.             (NetFamily News Sept 2006)

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      MyDeathSpace.com
has nearly 700 members and is growing quickly.
Currently there are 397 topics and 15,533 posts.




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          Too Much Time
   Parents on Net safety say high school-age
    kids spend as much as 5.1 hours a day
    online (outside school!), middle-schools 4.9
    hours, and grade-schoolers 3.8 hours.
    Parents, the latest data shows, are
    concerned about their kids' privacy and
    safety (net family news sep 8)



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     Federal Trade comission
   Fined Xanga.com $1 million dollars
   a clear message to the social networks this
    week that COPPA is in force where their
    industry's concerned (COPPA is the
    Children's Online Privacy Protection Act).
    "The Xanga site stated that children under
    13 could not join, but then allowed visitors to
    create Xanga accounts even if they provided
    a birth date indicating they were under 13,"
    says the FTC in its press release.
       (NetFamily News Sep 2006)



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   Unless the bully makes real and
    intended threats or repeatedly and
    personally harasses a student, those
    that are caught usually cannot be
    punished by the school or through
    criminal law.


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First Amendment Right
   Due to the fact that most of this sort of
    bullying does not take place at school,
    the students are not under its
    jurisdiction. As distasteful and
    destructive as these websites are, they
    are covered under the First
    Amendment. slashdot


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    Virginia Hazing Law
   § 18.2-152.7:1
   If any person with the intent to coerce,
    intimidate, or harass any person, shall use a
    computer or computer network to
    communicate obscene, vulgar, profane,
    lewd, lascivious, or indecent language, or
    make any suggestion or proposal of an
    obscene nature, or threaten any illegal or
    immoral act, he shall be guilty of a Class 1
    misdemeanor.

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States and Harassment Laws
   Currently there are 45 cyberstalking and
    related laws on the books.
   Washington DC, Idaho, Nebraska, New
    Jersey, Utah, the Federal government –
    have no harassment laws.
   New Mexico has harassment laws pending
    at this time.

WHOA Working to Halt Online Abuse
www.haltabuse.org

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            Educators Beware
     School filters can be breached!
There are three primary ways of by-passing a block,
         whether MySpace.com or other.
                Web browser proxy
                    HTTP proxy
                 Translation proxy
                (Blogger   Randy Charles Morin )

  If you are interested in the specifics please ask!

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    Responding to Cyberbullying
                    by Nancy Willard

   Save the Evidence
   Identify the cyberbully, if possible
   Stop or remove the material
   Ignore the cyberbully
   Contact the cyberbully’s parents
   Contact your school
   Contact the police
   Contact an attorney or file a claim through
    small claims court
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      New possible monitoring
            methods
   Safe-Spacers-older kids monitoring kids-
    with a report, to assist parents and provide
    information for discussions
   BeNetSafe-monitoring service-flag risky Net
    behaviors for discussions between parent
    and child.
   MySpaceWatch-tracks and records log-ins,
    changes made to MySpace profiles and
    keeps a running history

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               In Summary
   1-Our children are having their safety
    violated within their own homes and
    bedrooms.
   2-Cyber bullying destroys our children's
    confidence and happiness
   3-This tactic is a violation of proper usage of
    a technologically useful tool and can
    damage children psychologically, mentally
    and emotionally.

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      Safety and the Internet-
             Summary
   Instruct children about both the benefits and
    dangers of cyberspace
   Educate our children to be ―street smart‖ in
    order to better safeguard themselves
   Don’t blame the child but help him or her
    avoid problems in the future
   Learning how to make good choices is a
    skill that will last a lifetime


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        Internet Philosophy

   On line freedom must be balanced
    with personal responsibility
   We must empower young people with
    values, skills and motivation to protect
    themselves, and avoid doing harm to
    others.
                        Nancy Willard
            -Center for Safe and Responsible Internet use


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  Contact Information
Deborah B. Finlay, MsEd, MsEd
      Guidance Director
Western Branch Middle School
  Chesapeake, Virginia 23321
      fax: 757-638-7926
    phone: 757-638-7920
Email: finladbe@cps.k12.va.us
 deborahfinlay.com/home.html
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