Cyber Bullying

The Laws and Ronan Hughes

10 Facts About Cyber Bullying and the Law

  • Every state has laws on Cyber Bullying.
  • 25% of teenagers report that they have experienced cyber bullying.
  • Over half off young people report being cyber bullied.
  • Boys are more likely to be threatened by cyber bullies than girls.
  • More than 80 percent of teens regularly use cell phones, making them the most popular form of technology and therefore a common medium for cyber bullying.
  • 95 percent of teens who witnessed bullying on social media report that others, like them, have ignored the behavior.
  • Only one out of every six parents of adolescents and teens are even aware of the scope and intensity involved with cyber bullying.
  • Girls are at least as likely as boys to either be cyber bullies or to be targeted as cyber bullying victims.
  • Victims of cyber bullying are more likely to suffer from low self-esteem and to consider suicide as a result.
  • 68% of teens agree that cyber bullying is a serious problem.
  • Only 1 in 10 victims will inform a parent or trusted adult of their abuse.
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Ronan Hughes

  • Gerard and Teresa Hughes said the gang demanded more than £3,000 from their son, Ronan, and then sent images of him to his friends on social media.
  • Ronan took his own life on June 5, 2015
  • The gang that blackmailed was the Nigerian Blackmail Gang.
  • He had 48 hours to pay the gang £3,300 or they would spread the pictures he had received from a girl to all of his friends.
  • He committed suicide three hours after the gang sent the email.
  • They searched for the gang and never found them and the website that hacked Ronan was taken down three days after his death.
  • He was only 17.
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Three Things Someone Can Do To Prevent Cyber Bullying

  • Block the bully on social media.
  • Stay off social media.
  • Don't acknowledge the bully.
  • Don't talk to someone you don't know
  • Keep your social media sites private so know one can see anything.

Three Helpful Websites

  • www.stopbullying.gov/laws/
  • www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/cyber-bullying-statistics.html
  • nobullying.com/cyber-bullying-statistics-2014/

Consequences of Cyberbullying

  • The school would expel you, and from any sports activities.
  • They could give you a civil lawsuit.
  • Also can get charged of harassment.
  • The Cyber bully could get up too two years in prison for harassment.

How to Report Cyber Bullies

  1. Don't respond to the bully.
  2. Keep evidence of cyber bullying. Record the dates, times, and descriptions of instances when cyber bullying has occurred. Save and print screenshots, emails, and text messages.
  3. Block the person who is cyber bullying.