Electronic Bullying Awareness

For students, teachers, & parents

Purpose

The purpose of this web page is to raise awareness of electronic bullying and to educate students, parents, and teachers on how often it occurs and what intervention methods should be put in place to in order for students feel safe and secure in their learning environment.


Come to our Family/Community Awareness Night on Thursday January 14th, 2016 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm to learn, share and ask questions regarding electronic bullying in our community!

Why is Electronic or Cyber bullying so common in the 21st Century?

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This image represents why cyber and electronic bullying is more common in the 21st century, as students have more access to electronic devices and use them more often than in past centuries.

How Electronic Bullying Affects Someone ...

Cyber Bullying Virus
Social media is the cause of electronic bullying. Some social media sites such as Ask.fm are anonymous. Therefore, electronic bullies can hide behind the screen and the victims never know who is hurting them. These are great resources to use when they are being used in a respectful manor.

Students must THINK before they post!!!

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There are a variety of government websites that can provide parents and teachers with helpful information, as to what electronic or cyber bullying is, how it works, and how to provide support to students or children.

Click above to learn more!

Experiences of Electronic Bullying

This video discusses real cyber/electronic bullying experiences from students:
Student Voices Cyber bullying Part 1

“Some of the most vulnerable youth, those who had a history of being electronically victimized, were less likely than those who did not to seek relationship support from friends or adults if a bullying episode happened. They were more likely to report they deserved it, a sense of helplessness, and that it would not make a difference. This theme that the most vulnerable youth are less motivated and more self-blaming is concerning: those who require the most help or who are at risk for long-term problems associated with the electronic bullying are the least likely to seek support or believe that the support is effective. This is a significant problem that is a call for adults to have the knowledge to identify when youth are experiencing electronic bullying; to have the skills and strategies to effectively support them; to be able to change the peer norms to support the vulnerable youth; and to monitor and ensure that they are safe. It is also concerning that they feel less positive that the supports will be helpful. In a sense this is a call for action for adults and peers to be more effective in supporting youth” (Young Canadians’ Experience with Electronic Bullying, 2015, p. 24).

Intervening in Electronic Bullying

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" Youth are addressing and intervening in mean comments and posts online. However, they are more likely to intervene if it is someone they have a close relationships with (e.g., family, close friend, dating partner) than if it is someone that they are not close with (e.g., a schoolmate, someone they do not know). Feeling safe and being respected is a basic human right that all individuals are entitled to. Developing empathy for others, particularly those who may be vulnerable, and the integrity to stand up for those rights for all may be a critical part of much-needed education for youth and adults" (Young Canadians' Experiences with Electronic Bullying, 2015, p. 22).


Adults can use the website found below to learn about proper intervention methods when helping students who are being electronically bullied.

Motivation for & Barriers to Intervening

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“Adults need to be more active in empowering youth to address this issue by removing the perceived barriers and by increasing motivation to intervene. Educators also need to develop effective and transparent reporting systems for youth. Parents need to create a relationship climate where youth can report electronic bullying and parents need to continually monitor and check in with them to ensure that the problem has stopped and also to send a strong message that they are concerned and will work with them to find an effective solution” (Young Canadians’ Experiences with Electronic Bullying, 2015, p. 25).

Key Messages

Differences should be celebrated not ridiculed.


“Youth need to be empowered and fully involved in preventing and intervening in electronic bullying. They require specific education on effective strategies and how to support one another in addressing electronic bullying” (Young Canadians’ Experiences with Electronic Bullying, 2015, p. 25).


“Creating healthy relationships and relationships that respect diversity will ensure that the rights of all youth are respected and actively supported” (Young Canadians’ Experiences with Electronic Bullying, 2015, p. 25).

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Think about your actions ...

Is this you?
Have you done this to someone else?
What would you to if this was a friend? a family member? an acquaintance?

How did/would this make you feel?

Think Time: How Does Cyberbullying Affect You?

Let's Work Together to Put a Stop to Electronic Bullying!!!

Stop Hating Online: "Pass It On" TV Ad

More Information

Click above to read more about electronic bullying

Jessica Reid