Archive for February, 2013

CYBERBULLYING

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.

VOTING/POLLING BOOTHS;

 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.

OTHER

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.

CYBERBULLYING

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

behavioural changes

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

trouble sleeping

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

Ways to Avoid Being Bullied

Be confident, stand tall.

Be yourself, believe in yourself.

Be Courageous, try not to appear afraid.

Play and travel with your friends.

Walk away from trouble

Tell somebody you trust

WHO SHOULD YOU REPORT BULLYING?

Anyone you trust, who can help take action.

School principal, teacher

parent, guardian grandparents

friends, police officer

WAYS OF DEALING WITH BULLIES

walk away

ignore the person

talk it out if you can and don’t be afraid to seek help.

tell someone.

SHOULD YOU TELL?

Telling is hte first and most important step to stop bullying.

I’m sure you’ve been wondering “should I tell”? or should I just keep it to myself”?

I feel confused

they’ll get me if I tell

I don’t know who to tell

BUT IF YOU DON’T TELL:

Bullying continues (because the bully thinks they can get away with it)

You continue to feel sick and afraid

You cannot concentrate on your work

You don’t want to go to school.

TELLING IS THE FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT STEP TO STOP BULLING

GIVE IT A GO!

NOTICE THE DIFFERENCE IN HOW YOU FEEL.