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Cyber-Bullying Is Not Ok!

Posted by Angela On November - 29 - 2009

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Recent stories may stick in your head of cyber-bullying. Such as the mom on Myspace who bullied a young girl into killing herself. But in reality you have probably seen it a million times and never reported it.

Lately in the mom blogging community there has been one particular instance that has blown up forums, twitter, facebook and blogs around the nation. In recent weeks a “Mom Blogger” had posted a few photos on her site and not only started off the bashing, but encouraged others to join it. These photos were of random people in an airport, 2 happen to be teenagers. The one with the most comments was a 15 year old, who was called fat, & overweight. (The specified post has now been removed)

Although there is a freedom of speech act, there are many boundaries this went past. One would be the defamation of character, and Second, i am sure would be distributing photos of a minor (since they were used in a wrong way.) Some of you may ask why this is such a big deal. Consider this your child. Would you want someone posting pictures of your daughter on their site to be made fun of ? This is a prime example of Cyber -Bullying.

What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor. Once adults become involved, it is plain and simple cyberharassment or cyberstalking. Adult cyberharassment or cyberstalking is NEVER called cyberbullying.

Direct cyber bullying includes all of cyber stalking’s modes, and then some: (from Officer.com)

  • Instant or text messaging harassment. Bullies use these tools the same way they’d use e-mail – to threaten or say hurtful things.
  • Password stealing. With the victim’s password, a bully can impersonate the victim, change profile information to include personal or inflammatory language, or use the password to hack the victim’s account.
  • Blogs and Web sites. Blogs are free online diaries. They can stand alone or be linked to a Web site. In both cases, a bully might post disparaging information about a victim, or start a blog or site impersonating the victim.
  • Digital pictures. Teens may use their phones to take pictures of other teens in the locker room or shower, then e-mail the pictures to friends or even post them online.
  • Internet polling. Bullies participate in insulting or degrading polls about a classmate’s physical characteristics or sexual experience.

Another form, cyber bullying by proxy, is more troublesome than direct cyber bullying, because bullies involve people who don’t know what they are getting into. In most cases, cyber bullying by proxy makes it look as if the victim has started trouble, most often when a bully impersonates the victim. The victim’s friends may become angry and shun him; the victim’s parents may punish him; or a bully may even notify the ISP that the victim is a bully, so the ISP takes action against the victim.

One of the most dangerous forms of cyber bullying by proxy involves the bully either pretending to be the victim, or posting the victim’s personal information, in chatrooms and bulletin boards that pedophiles or hate groups frequent. Advertising the victim for sex, or portraying the victim as a racist, can put the victim in significant physical danger.

Who are the bullies?
StopCyberBullying.org identifies four main types of bullies. These bullies are not like “traditional” playground bullies. Moreover, no one group or “type” is more at risk than another to become either a bully or a victim.

  1. “Vengeful angels” typically cyber bully teens who have been bullying them or their friends.
  2. “Revenge of the nerds” cyber bullies are similar to vengeful angels, though they bully more to have power over others with whom they normally have no power. Unlike vengeful angels, they need others to know what they’re up to.
  3. “Mean girls” get together in a group to cyber bully, often for entertainment. Attention feeds their egos (and thus their behavior).
  4. “Inadvertent” cyber bullies either don’t know they are doing wrong when they respond to an upsetting message or intend to be “playful” and don’t understand that others could take it seriously.
To keep your children safe, we have several websites you can visit: (thanks to cumbuvac.com)

http://www.gomcgruff.com/m/index.asp

BULLYING 42EXPLORE
http://www.42explore2.com/bully.htm

STOP BULLYING NOW
http://www.stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov/index.asp?area=main

STUDENT VIOLENCE IN AMERICA’S SCHOOLS – A NEW YORK TIMES ISSUE IN DEPTH
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/specials/schoolviolence/index.html

VIOLENCE PREVENTION RESOURCES
http://www.air.org/cecp/school_violence.htm

WHAT’S WRONG WITH BULLYING?
http://library.thinkquest.org/TQ0312169/intro.html

ANTI-BULLYING NETWORK
http://www.antibullying.net/

BULLYING MYTHS – TRUE/FALSE QUIZ
http://www.melissainstitute.org/documents/BullyingMythsQuiz.pdf

OPERATION RESPECT: DON’T LAUGH AT ME
http://www.dontlaugh.org/

OUT ON A LIMB – A GUIDE TO GETTING ALONG
http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/conflict/index.html

SCHOOL VIOLENCE RESOURCE CENTER
http://www.svrc.net/

THE SCHOOL VIOLENCE WATCH NETWORK
http://www.cybersnitch.net/schoolviolencewatch.htm

VIOLENCE PREVENTION
http://www.rhlschool.com/violenceprev.htm

YOUTH VIOLENCE THEME PAGE
http://www.cln.org/themes/youth_violence.html

If you are a mom blogger and need a place to vent or shoulder to lean on, several places have recently been opened:
OLS forum

http://forums.online-sweepstakes.com/showthread.php?t=858920

Ning Network- Bloggers United

http://bloggers-united.ning.com/?xg_source=badge

Petition For Removal Of CyberBullying

http://www.petitiononline.com/102102/

To report a website or blog you think may be harrasing anyone, please use these:

FTC (Federal Trade Commission)

https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/FTC_Wizard.aspx?Lang=en#last

FBI in connection to the Internet Crime Complaint Center

http://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx

Officer.Com

http://www.officer.com/

Specifically For Child Harassment Awareness or Danger:

Nancy Grace

http://nancygrace.blogs.cnn.com/

Steve Wilkos

http://www.stevewilkos.com/













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  1. Becky Says:

    Thank you! This is such an EXCELLENT informative post.

    Posted on November 29th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

  2. Dddiva Says:

    Great post- thanks for the info.

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  7. Abusive Tax Shelter Says:

    Good advice. We often advise our students to take a step back and understand what they are getting into. This article reinforces that concept with some practical advice.

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    Well researched and well structured discourse. Pls we need more of this thought-pro provoking article. God bless you.

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