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CYBER BULLYING AWARENESS
| July, 06, 2009
Cyber bullying is verbal harassment that
occurs during online activities. It can take many forms, including:
• a threatening e-mail
• a nasty instant-messaging session
• repeated notes sent to the cell phone
• a Web site set up to mock others
• “borrowing” someone’s computer and pretending to be them while posting a
• forwarding supposedly private messages, pictures, or video to others
i-SAFE Inc. has created this list of
Internet safety tips (please copy and distribute) to help your family
recognize online danger and take appropriate steps to protect yourselves
• Don’t open/read messages from cyber
Your child can’t be intimidated by messages from cyber bullies they never
open. Teach your child to curb his or her curiosity to read and respond to a
message if he or she suspects or knows it’s from a cyber bully.
• Block messages from the bully.
Utilize the blocking features in e-mail programs, chats, and instant
messengers to block communications from a bully.
• Encourage your child to tell an adult.
For some children, their reaction to being bullied is not only fright but
confusion about how to react appropriately. Coach your child to tell a
trusted adult if he or she is being bullied.
• Report cyber bullying.
Internet service providers (ISPs) can
often block a cyber bully, and schools have specific procedures and rules to
handle bullying. Save the bully’s message and screen name, then contact
these sources and report it.
• Don’t chat while angry.
Sending angry, hostile, or taunting messages attracts cyber bullies. Make
certain your child is not using e-mail messages or chat rooms to vent his or
her anger in a way that hurts others.
• Save the evidence.
Save e-mails or instant messages, or print out the communications; they may
be needed to take action.
• If you are threatened with harm, report it!
Even if you don’t know how to identify the individual who has made the
threat, law enforcement often has access to the information and may be able
to track down and arrest bullies before they do more harm. If it is
school-related, tell the school. All schools have bullying solutions.
• Be part of your child’s online experience.
It can be a fun journey to explore the wonders of the Internet
as a family. As computer-savvy as kids and teens are today,
they may even teach you a thing or two!
• Get involved with i-SAFE Inc.
These are only some of the measures you can take to ensure your child has a
safe and enjoyable Internet experience.
© Copyright Since 2006 i-SAFE Inc •
|Remember the 4 Rs:
|RECOGNIZE “flaming” and
cyber-bullying techniques, and the bully’s screen name or address.
|REFUSE to open or read any
message from a cyber bully.
|RESPOND assertively by leaving
the chat room without responding or with the letter unopened.
|REPORT cyber bullying to the
ISP, the school, or law enforcement to stop it immediately.
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