Online Bullying Mini Project

By: Hannah Lafferty and Cole Foster

Is your type of bullying associated with a particular gender(i.e. male or female)and, if so, why?

According to a survey from a large school district in the Southern United States, adolescent girls are significantly more likely than boys to have experienced cyber-bullying, 25.1 percent vs. 16.6 percent. Girls are also more likely than boys to report cyber-bullying others, 21.3 percent vs. 17.5 percent. The type of cyber-bullying tends to differ by gender: Girls are more likely to spread rumors, while boys are more likely to post hurtful pictures or videos.

Explain the parameters associated with your type.

Some of the parameters associated with cyber-bullying are misusing technology. (i.e. using the computer, cell phone, or any other multimedia device to send threatening or harsh rumors, pictures and or videos about a person under severe circumstances.)

What can victims do?

Don’t reply to messages from cyberbullies -even though you may really want to, this is exactly what cyberbullies want. They want to know that they’ve got you worried and upset. They are trying to mess with your mind and control you, to put fear into you. Don’t give them that pleasure. Do not keep this to yourself!

You are NOT alone and you did NOT do anything to deserve this! Tell an adult you know and trust! Inform your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or cell phone/pager service provider Inform your local police.

Do not erase or delete messages from cyberbullies -You don’t have to read it, but keep it, it is your evidence. You may unfortunately get similar messages again, perhaps from other accounts. The police and your ISP, and/or your telephone company can use these messages to help you.

You might notice certain words or phrases that are also used by people you know. These messages may reveal certain clues as to who is doing this to you, but don’t try and solve this on your own, remember, tell an adult you know and trust.

GET HELP!

What can victims do?

What can law enforcement do?

There are many ways that police can attempt to prevent bullying. First of all, they can work with school administrators on writing a district anti-bullying policy. They can also help to select and present a bullying curriculum to students. Police can also try to get acquainted with students in a school and remind them that they can come to the police to report bullying situations. If the students are still scared to report the bullying, the police could also come up with a way for students to tell about the bullying anonymously. One idea is that they could provide a locked box for students to write down the bullying incidents that happen.

Statistics of Cyberbullying.

  • Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying.
  • More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyberthreats online.
  • Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet.
  • Well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyber bullying occurs.
  • Around half of teens have been the victims of cyber bullying
  • Only 1 in 10 teens tells a parent if they have been a cyber bully victim
  • Fewer than 1 in 5 cyber bullying incidents are reported to law enforcement
  • 1 in 10 adolescents or teens have had embarrassing or damaging pictures taken of themselves without their permission, often using cell phone cameras
  • About 1 in 5 teens have posted or sent sexually suggestive or nude pictures of themselves to others
  • Girls are somewhat more likely than boys to be involved in cyber bullying
  • Over 80 percent of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most popular form of technology and a common medium for cyber bullying
  • About half of young people have experienced some form of cyber bullying, and 10 to 20 percent experience it regularly
  • Mean, hurtful comments and spreading rumors are the most common type of cyber bullying
  • Girls are at least as likely as boys to be cyber bullies or their victims
  • Boys are more likely to be threatened by cyber bullies than girls
  • Cyber bullying affects all races
  • Cyber bullying victims are more likely to have low self esteem and to consider suicide

What can you do to stop Cyber- Bullying?

  • Don't respond or retaliate
  • Save the evidence
  • Tell the person to stop
  • Reach out for help
  • Use available tech tools
  • Protect your accounts
  • If you see it, take action and stand up for the right.

Works Cited

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http://www.connectsafely.org/tips-to-help-stop-cyberbullying/