Cyberbullying


What is cyberbullying? According to wikipedia, it involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others. The National Crime Prevention Council identifies cyberbullying when the Internet, cell phones or other devices are used to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person. Take a look at some statistics with the Cyberbullying Research Center.

What is cyberbullying is a good online website for gaining a better understanding of the term. You can also find more up-to-date information concerning cyberbullying on the cyberbullying research center.

Here are some good videos -- real-life stories -- with regard to cyberbullying.

Sites for educators:
TEA Resources -- list of links concerning cyberbulllying.


Sites for children:
McGruff.org -- provides games, stories, and advice for students.
Cyberbullying Quiz -- have you ever been the victim of a cyberbully?

Cyberbullying Case:
MySpace Verdict Raises Identity Questions

Sexting


Sexting involves sending sexually explicit messages or images to a cell phone or through a text message, IM. Statistics on this activity are very overwhelming. A recent study was conducted by the Associated Press and MTV in December, 2009. Below is a summary of some of the results:
  • It found that 50% of 14-24 year olds have experienced some type of digital abuse.
  • 30% had either sent or received nude photos on their cell phones or online.
  • Females were more likely to share a naked photo of themselves --13%
  • 17% reported they had passed an image on to someone else.
  • Over 9% had actually sent images to more than one person.
  • 61% of those who have sent a naked photo have been pressured.

Jessie Logan took her own life after pictures that she had sent her boyfriend were passed around.

Sexting is a problem with young people and adults because of the increased simplicity of preparing photos and video to be shared. With 30% of our youths participating in this activity, we can really see the need for beginning this conversation with them and helping them become aware of the difficulties associated with this. More facts and an online quiz are available are A Thin Line.

States are struggling with the issues of sexting with regard to their sex offender laws. An article in the New York Times explains the concerns of many states with their present laws charging sexting offenders with a felony.

A few things to remember about sexting is:
  • Sexting is illegal under federal law. It is a felony offense. Prosecutors are struggling with how to handle this under the law.
  • Once you put a digital photo out there, you can never really take it back.
  • Students are feeling the pressure to be a part of this activity
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