Archive for February, 2013
Defamatory web sites posted on large web hosts such as Yahoo Geocities, Tripod, Homestead etc. may be even harder to get the attention of, let alone see action from , so this is why www.cyberbullying.ca believes that the most effective efforts that can be made with respect to the issue of cyber bullying is based upon prevention.
Some websites such as www.freevote.com offer users the opportunity to create online polling/voting booths. Cyber bullies can use these Web sites to create Web pages that allow others to vote online for “the ugliest”, fastest, dumbest etc boy/girl at …. school.
While such Web sites may state that they do not condone the use of their web sites for such purposes and we do commend them for having clear abuse policies and a clear abuse reporting system, the reality is that most of these pages are not regulated by the website creators. They are supposed to be overseen by the volunteer maintainers who are supposed to be the quality control gatekeepers but most of these positions are listed as abandoned.
There are many emerging technologies such as Wi- Fi , Spot, three degrees etc that are making it easier to be connected to the internet and therefore one another anywhere, anytime. We are becoming an increasingly wired society. This offers many exciting possibilities to create, connect and learn from one another. Some fabulous examples of this potential can be seen on such websites as IEARN, Childnet International, the Global Junior Challenge the Stockholm Challenge etc.
COMPUTERS, PART OF THE BULLYING SCENE.
The best defense against cyber bullying for now is a watchful, involved parent, guardian, family member or friend.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF SOMEONE IS BEING CYBER BULLIED? HERE ARE SOME SIGNS TO LOOK OUT FOR:
long hours on the computer
closes windows on their computer when you enter the room
is secretive about internet activities
is always doing homework on the internet but always in chat groups and getting behind with school work
may find unexplained long distance phone call charges
won’t say who they are talking to
may find unexplained pictures on computer
stomach or headaches
lack of appetite, throwing up
fear of going out of the house
crying for no apparant reason
lack of interest at social events that include other students
complaints of illness before school or community events
frequent visits to the school nurse or office complaining of feeling sick – wants to call mom or dad to come and get them
lowered self esteem a marked change in attitude, dress or habits
unexplained broken personal possessions, loss of memory, loss of personal items
stories that don’t seem to make sense
acting out aggression at home
missing or incomplete school work, decreased success in class
TEACH YOUR CHILD TO COMMUNICATE. IF AN ADULT OR A CHILD KNOWS SOMEONE IS BEING CYBER BULLIED DO NOT ACCEPT THE BULLYING BEHAVIOUR AS A PROBLEM YOUR CHILD HAS TO LIVE WITH. THE BULLYING BEHAVIOUR IS THE REPSONSIBILITY OF THE BULLY NOT THE CHILD BEING BULLIED