What is Cyberbullying and how YOU can prevent it
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What is Cyberbullying and how YOU can prevent it
Over the past decade, we have seen the internet rise to new heights that people could have hardly fathomed a couple of decades ago. We can now pay our bills over the internet, or shop for products made overseas, and we can do these things while feeling fairly secure. However, with the growing number of internet users, new problems can arise and one big problem is cyberbulling. With all this new technology, bullies can now harass in other ways than just verbally or physically. Although cyberbullying mainly is a teenager only problem, it can affect other groups of people such as adults. Cyberbullying also has a very general definition; it can happen on all electronic platforms. There are also many techniques that can prevent cyberbullying and help contain it. I know I always try to be safe while on the internet, and I learned of few things reading from the sources I collected. However, one of the saddest instances of cyberbullying was that of Tyler Clementi. He left this world way too early and was a victim of an extremely cruel cyberbullying attack.
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Cyberbullying & Harassment | StaySafeOnline.org

Cyberbullying & Harassment  | StaySafeOnline.org | What is Cyberbullying and how YOU can prevent it | Scoop.it

"Cyberbullying can range from embarrassing or cruel online posts or digital pictures, to online threats, harassment, and negative comments, to stalking through emails, websites, social networks and text messages."

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A key technique to avoid cyberbullying is knowing what information one makes available on the internet. Always check the privacy settings on accounts like Facebook, twitter or other common social networking sites. Try not to make interests or hobbies publicly available, it makes it easier for bullies to target victims.one can also document all bullying activity that occurs online. Try to capture screen shots of bullying Facebook posts or tweets on twitter. Also try to print out these online logs.

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What is Cyberbullying | StopBullying.gov

What is Cyberbullying | StopBullying.gov | What is Cyberbullying and how YOU can prevent it | Scoop.it

"Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites."

Matt Mochol's insight:

Although there may be some misinterpretation of what actually is cyberbullying, there are many government sponsored websites that have a clear-cut definition for it. Definitions are always helpful because people may have more general or more specific meanings for words and they can easily be misinterpreted. Nonetheless, cyberbullying can take place in a variety of stages and should be taken seriously whenever it occurs.

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Cyberbullying — National Crime Prevention Council

Cyberbullying — National Crime Prevention Council | What is Cyberbullying and how YOU can prevent it | Scoop.it

Teens have figured out ways to prevent cyberbullying. Follow in the footsteps of other quick-thinking teens and:

 

Refuse to pass along cyberbullying messages

 

Tell friends to stop cyberbullying

 

Block communication with cyberbullies

 

Report cyberbullying to a trusted adult

Matt Mochol's insight:

With all these different mediums where cyberbullying can happen, there are also numerous ways to help prevent it. On social media sites such as Facebook or twitter, one can easily block users and thus, makes it difficult for the victim and bully to be on contact. Individuals can also talk to an adult, a teacher, or a trusted figure in their community and help raise awareness to cyberbullying. If one knows friends who are the bullies, tell them to stop and maybe ask them how they would feel if they were the victims of repeated bullying.

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Tyler Clementi - The New York Times

Tyler Clementi - The New York Times | What is Cyberbullying and how YOU can prevent it | Scoop.it

"An investigator testified that as Mr. Ravi posted Twitter feeds about using a webcam to see Mr. Clementi in a sexual encounter with another man, one of those reading intently was Mr. Clementi. In the two days before he jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge, Mr. Clementi checked Mr. Ravi’s Twitter account 38 times, said the investigator, Detective Gary Charydczak of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office."

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One of the biggest cyberbullying cases in history and one that I distinctly remember was the suicide of Tyler Clementi. Clementi was a freshman at Rutgers University when he jumped off the George Washington Bridge which led to his death. His roommate, Dharun Ravi, secretly recorded Clementi and a male friend kissing (among other things) through a webcam on his laptop. He then invited people through his twitter to watch while Clementi and his friend were secretly being streamed. Clementi committed suicide a few days later, being publicly humiliated by Ravi through twitter.

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Cyber Bullying Prevention and Intervention

Cyber bullying is a relatively new — yet potentially very harmful — phenomenon in which youth use technology such as computers or cell phones to harass, threaten, humiliate or otherwise hassle their peers .Cyber bullying is a different kind of bullying in that your child can be the perpetrator or the victim in your own home. 
Matt Mochol's insight:

Parents can help their children by preventing cyberbullying before it ever happens. Parents do not need to monitor ever single detail that their child does on the computer, but setting up certain expectations of their children while they are on the web can help prevent cyberbullying. Parents should teach their child how to be safe on the internet and make sure they do not put any valuable information that can hurt them publicly on the internet. If a parent suspects something is wrong with the child, ask politely if they can review their Facebook or text messages. Also talk to the child about cyberbullying and the dangers of it. Make sure the child feels comfortable and safe while browsing on the internet. 

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Text Bullying - Bullying Statistics

"Almost 9 out of 10 teens have a cell phone, and about 1 in 5 will be victims of a text bully. About 1 in 10 teens engage in text bullying."

Matt Mochol's insight:

Although Tyler Clementi was, and many others are cyberbullied on social media sites, there are other platforms that people can use for cyberbullying. Another common platform is through text messages. Bullying through text messages can really get to an individual because it is hard to block or ignore text messages, and they can reach that person almost anytime. Another reason that text bullying can be difficult for the victim is because they may not know who is actually doing to bullying; the text may come from an anonymous individual.

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