This Is My Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy Web Page On Cyber bullying/Bullying




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According to recent statistics, there are about 2.7 million students affected by cyber bullying in America. Cyber bullying can carry on some of the same features as regular bullying, the only difference is that those causing the harm, hide behind a computer screen concealing their identity. The end results of cyber bullying can result in committing suicide or isolating everyone in their life, then ultimately leading to pressure, grief, and other symptoms of poor emotional health. These links, pictures, and tips are all based to help people stop and overcome their cyber bullying problems the correct way. It is never good to handle the problem yourself, always seek assistance to help solve your bullying problems.


Bully: A person who is habitually cruel or overbearing, especially to smaller or weaker people.
Bullying behavior can include teasing, insulting someone (particularly about their weight or height, race, sexuality, religion or other personal traits), shoving, hitting, excluding someone, or gossiping about someone

http://olweus.org/public/bullying.page


Cyber-Bullying: Cyber bullying is bullying through email, instant messaging, chat room exchanges, Web site posts, or digital messages or images send to a cellular phone or personal digital assistant.

Cyber Bullying Statistics

Seventy-eight percent (78 percent) of teens report that they have been using the Internet for three years or more; more than half say that have been on the Internet for five or more years. Eight out of ten teens (80 percent) say they used the Internet “yesterday” and 27 percent used the Internet for more than an hour “yesterday.”
  • 42% of kids have been bullied while online. 1 in 4 has had it happen more than once.
  • 35% of kids have been threatened online. Nearly 1 in 5 has had it happen more than once.
  • 21% of kids have received mean or threatening e-mail or other messages.

Below are some additional sites that provide cyberbullying statistics.

These graphs show the number of people who have been bullied or has bullied:

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This is a graph that shows the amount, and percentage of people who has experienced being bullied through email or any other messages.

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This graph shows how many people who have bullied somebody before by saying hurtful or angry things to another person.


These are different types of bullying with info to help you recognize the many ways of bullying:

1.) Physical bullying: includes any physical contact that would hurt or injure a person like hitting, kicking, punching, etc. Taking something that belongs to someone else and destroying it would also be considered a type of physical bullying. For example, if someone was walking down the street and someone came up to them and shoved them to the ground, which would be physical bullying. In elementary and middle schools, 30.5% of all bullying is physical.

2.) Verbal bullying: is name-calling, making offensive remarks, or joking about a person's religion, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or the way they look. For example, if there was a group of kids who made fun of another kid because he couldn't run as fast as everyone else, it would be an example of verbal bullying. 46.5% of all bullying in schools is the verbal type. Verbal aggression is when a bully teases someone. It can also include a bully making verbal threats of violence or aggression against someone's personal property.

3.) Indirect bullying: includes spreading rumors or stories about someone, telling others about something that was told to you in private, and excluding others from groups. An example would be if you started a rumor that a boy in your class likes playing with dolls, and if the reason that you made up the story was because you thought it was funny. This would be indirect bullying. Indirect bullying accounts for 18.5% of all bullying.

4.) Social alienation: is when a bully excludes someone from a group on purpose. It also includes a bully spreading rumors, and also making fun of someone by pointing out their differences.

5.) Intimidation: is when a bully threatens someone else and frightens that person enough to make him or her do what the bully wants.

6.) Cyber bullying: is done by sending messages, pictures, or information using electronic media, computers (email & instant messages), or cell phones (text messaging & voicemail). For instance, if you sent a picture of a snake in an email to a person because you know that they are afraid of snakes, which would be an example of cyber bullying. According to a survey done in 2003 only 4% of bullying is listed as "other types" and this would include cyber bullying. Even though this number seems small, the growth of this type of bullying is going up fast because of the spread of technology around the world.

http://library.thinkquest.org/07aug/00117/typesbullying.html

These are different types of bullies that are most recent in most areas and communities:

Physical Bullies:
Physical bullies are action-oriented. This type of bullying includes hitting or kicking the victim, or, taking or damaging the victim's property. This is the least sophisticated type of bullying because it is so easy to identify. Physical bullies are soon known to the entire population in the school. As they get older, their attacks usually become more aggressive. These aggressive characteristics manifest themselves as bullies become adults.

Verbal Bullies:
Verbal bullies use words to hurt or humiliate another person. Verbal bullying includes name-calling, insulting, making racist comments and constant teasing. This type of bullying is the easiest to inflict on other children. It is quick and to the point. It can occur in the least amount of time available, and its effects can be more devastating in some ways than physical bullying because there are no visible scars.

Relational Bullies:
Relational or relationship bullies try to convince their peers to exclude or reject a certain person or people and cut the victims off from their social connections. This type of bullying is linked to verbal bullying and usually occurs when children (most often girls) spread nasty rumors about others or exclude an ex-friend from the peer group. The most devastating effect with this type of bullying is the rejection by the peer group at a time when children most need their social connections.

Reactive victims:
Reactive victims straddle a fence of being a bully and or victim. They are often the most difficult to identify because at first glance they seem to be targets for other bullies. However, reactive victims often taunt bullies, and bully other people themselves. Most of the incidents are physical in nature. These victims are impulsive and react quickly to intentional and unintentional physical encounters. In some cases, reactive victims begin as victims and become bullies as they try to retaliate. A reactive victim will approach a person who has been bullying him/her and say something like, "You better not bug me today, otherwise I'll tell the teacher and boy, will you be in trouble, and so you just better watch out."

http://www.bullybeware.com/faq/bullying/59-what-are-the-different-kinds-of-bullies.html

These are types of technology used for cyber bullying:
  • Cell phone
  • Texting
  • Computer
  • E-mail
  • Social Networks
  • Online Games
  • Chat Room
  • Blogs / Posts

These are real life stories and examples from people who have actually been bullied:
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Cyber Bullying Tips:These are tips to help you, and tell you what to do if you are being bullied-

  • Tell a trusted adult about the bullying, and keep telling until the adult takes action.
  • Don’t open or read messages by cyber bullies.
  • Tell your school if it is school related. Schools have a bullying solution in place.
  • Don’t erase the messages—they may be needed to take action.
  • Protect yourself—never agree to meet with the person or with anyone you meet online.
  • If bullied through chat or instant messaging, the “bully” can often be blocked.
  • If you are threatened with harm, inform the local police.

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  • Do what's right and stop people who do what's wrong.
  • If someone is sending mean messages to you through IM or texts, just log off or shut off your phone. You can also ‘block’ certain people from sending you messages on some Web sites. You can’t be bullied if the bully can’t access you!
  • If someone sends a mean or threatening message, don’t respond. Save it and show it to a trusted adult.
  • Notify the website. If the cyber bully uses a website (such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter) for harassment purposes, report the cyber bullying to the site immediately.
  • Tell an adult. Many young women fear telling an adult because they don’t want to look like a snitch or seem weak. However, adults can help end the bullying. Also, it may make you feel better to tell an adult.
  • Stand up for yourself. Believe it or not, this will help you gain respect from others. Practice what you might say to a bully with a friend, your mirror, or an adult. Practice saying it in a firm, confident voice. You may even encourage others to protect themselves from bullying, too.
  • Tell the bully to stop. Calmly walk away. Believe in yourself and tell others how you feel and what you think. You will gain respect from others. Also, by leading the way and showing others that you can’t be bullied, you can help prevent bullying in the future. You can also encourage others to protect themselves from bullying.


Ways you can protect yourself online "The key is to protect yourself while online":

There are several important things that you can to do to avoid being a target of cyber bullying:
  • Protect yourself. Never provide any information or images in electronic form that could be used against you.
  • Examine how you are communicating. If you find that people are frequently attacking you, look closely at how you are communicating with them. You might be communicating in a way that is irritating others or hurting their feelings.
  • Find some new friends. If you are trying to fit into a group of people who are treating you badly, it might be easier to simply find some nicer friends. Life’s too short to waste time trying to be friends with mean people.


DON’T GIVE POWER TO BULLIES:
  • Bullies want to achieve power and be seen by others as stronger and better. If you lose your cool or respond in another way that shows lack of strength, a bully can boast about it to others—and will probably keep bullying you. So the key to handling bullies is to stay calm and not make it fun to harass you.
  • The Internet can actually help you if you are the target of bullying. If you are bullied online, you have several advantages:
  • No one can see your initial reaction. If you do lose your cool, which is natural and normal, no one will ever know—as long as you keep your hands off the keyboard until you calm down.
  • Internet communications are delayed. If you choose to respond, you can take the time to write a calm, strong, assertive response.
  • You can even show your response to others to get feedback before you send it.
  • You might not feel as strong and powerful as the person bullying you. But you can act like you are stronger and more powerful when you are online. Just pretend you are creating a character in an online game—a character who is stronger than you currently think you are.

http://csriu.org/cyberbully/docs/cbstudentguide.pdf


These are podcast’s links from people who talk about bullying:


Lessons for teachers and adults on bullying:

Teaching you what to do in a situation as bullying and how to handle it properly

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These are links on how to stop bullying or help parents to stop and fix their child's bullying problems:




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These link's are direct Online Support Organization links:

Helpline Links: