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When faced with Cyberbullying; What would you do?
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FamilySignal - Instantly know if your child is in danger online.

With a tagline of "FamilySignal is an internet-based service that alerts parents of dangers found on their children's Facebook & Twitter accounts" I don't know how I feel about this.

I think it could be a great way of protecting children online and getting parents involved sooner, but it also feels a little like invasion of privacy. I know there is no such thing when it's the parents, but it's a little like big brother is always watching.

 

What do you think?

- Helpful tool for protecting children online?

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- Over-stepping parental bounds?

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Eric Johnson's comment, April 23, 2012 3:43 PM
We're always going to have conversations of "privacy" vs. "security." Heck - that's an issue that is still plaguing our entire NATION in the wake of the Patriot Act and everything else that's occurred. We're always going to have a line that is split between the two factions that vehemently disagree with each other. I say the case of FamilySignal is great due to the fact that not everyone has to use it - the people that want to adopt it can, while the others don't. Win, win.
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ABC Family's Cyberbully

ABC Family's Cyberbully | If-it-were-you | Scoop.it

I thought this was a pretty good movie and a good representation of what it is like for kids who are cyberbullied. They feel trapped and confused, but most of all they really feel alone, and often that sense of loneliness can get to be too much and it sounds like just ending it all would be the best solution. 

 

That is NEVER the solution!!! 

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Eric Johnson's comment, April 15, 2012 3:45 AM
Having not seen the movie, can you give me an indication of how family-centric it is? Some of ABC Family's stuff can actually be pretty mature, and some of it is (quite obviously) aimed for younger audiences.
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Harmless Joke or Cyber-Bullying?

I realize this video maybe a little lengthy but it does show an interesting perspective of the bystander effect when it comes to cyber bullying. When people are confronted with the idea of cyber bullying they are more likely to ignore it if they are by themselves, pretending that they are not noticing what is going on around them, even when there is more than one person, they are willing to ignore it until they are directly confronted with it.

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Back to the Drawing Board

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In a study done by Australian Catholic University it was discovered that there is very little commonality between traditional bullying and cyberbullying. What caused kids to use face-to-face interactions, is not what causes them to use cyber tactics. A lot more research still needs to be done on cyberbullying, before we can really get down to eliminating the problem. 

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Cyberbullying — National Crime Prevention Council

Cyberbullying — National Crime Prevention Council | If-it-were-you | Scoop.it

This is a pretty cool website because it has some pretty interesting information on cyberbullying. It really explains what cyberbullying is and how it's being dealt with. 

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"Bully"

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This is not about cyberbullying, but it a documentary that examines the lives of kids that are bullied. It has a really moving message about standing up and doing something for those who feel that they have nothing. 

 

"The Problem is Real...The Problem is Being Ignored" are two statements put forward by this documentary, and I feel that this idea can be put towards cyberbullying even more. Cyberbullying is a real problem, but because a lot of the older generation don't understand it, they have decided to ignore it.

 

Take a stand.

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Cyberbullying data from the 2011 climate survey

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"According to the National Crime Prevention Council, 43 percent of all teens who have access to the internet say they’ve been bullied online in the past year"

 

"One year ago, the Washoe County School District launched a survey to gather feedback from students, parents, and staff about their schools’ environment."

 

Though the numbers that came back from this survey all report that less than 20% of kids in the Washoe County School District are being bullied; that 20% is still a huge number. 

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Maryland Teen Threatened Suicide on Reddit If School Doesn't Stop Cyber Bullying

Maryland Teen Threatened Suicide on Reddit If School Doesn't Stop Cyber Bullying | If-it-were-you | Scoop.it

This is outrageous to me! A girl has to go digitally public if she wants to see anything done. After conplaining muliple times to the staff at her school, she had to take such drastic measures as to threaten suicide via the internet to see someone step up and do something about the cyberbullying that was happening to her.

 

We are moving forward on prevening cyberbullying, but there is still a lot that has to happen.

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Stand Connected.

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MTV has started its "A Thin Line" campaign to help support kids facing a variety of different cyberbullying threats, and now they have a new project within the campaign called the "Digital Rights Project" where they are encouraging people to sign the pledge to stop cyberbullying. 

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STOP cyberbullying: What is cyberbullying, exactly?

STOP cyberbullying: What is cyberbullying, exactly? | If-it-were-you | Scoop.it

Cyberbullying is quickly becoming a big deal. The explosion of social networking has given bullies a new way of attacking their victims. And to start things off I'd like to clarify just what is cyberbullying?

 

I think this article, from stopcyberbullying.org does a great job of clarifying exactly what counts as cyberbullying. I was not aware that once an adult becomes involved that it stops being cyberbullying, and becomes something more.

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Teachers report widespread cyberbullying by pupils and parents

Teachers report widespread cyberbullying by pupils and parents | If-it-were-you | Scoop.it

Here is another article about teachers who are feeling the harm of cyberbullying. Comments made via social networking sites are having harmful effects on their careers and their lives. 

 

For the most part the comments come from students between 11 and 16 years old, but one student as young as 5 years old was reported. Parents aren't blameless either, taking part in commenting, and even more than that, not doing something.

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Too Close to Home

We hear about bullying almost everyday, but what happens when it strikes close to home? How do people feel when bullying takes a life in their own backyard? Well, a poor girl in my backyard decided that it was too much.

 

I didn't know her personally, but no one should have to feel that ending it all is the only way out. 

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Teachers Protest Cyberbullying

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This article is very interesting because it sheds a different light on what exactly cyber bullying is and who it applies too. The teachers in this article are claiming that they were cyber bullied by several students who posted abusive comments via Facebook. This is quiet interesting because when kids experience bullying they are supposed to report it to an adult, but what happens when adults are involved?

 

I also find it quite interesting that such harsh punishments were dealt out. The four kids directly involved were given 20 day suspensions and more than 40 kids who “liked” the post we each given detention.

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Cyberbullying PSA from Disney

It's nice to see a recognizable face standing up against cyberbullying. Disney is a huge corportation and having some of their most recognizable people speaking directly to the kids about cyberbullying  is taking a huge step in the right direction. 

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Eric Johnson's comment, April 7, 2012 7:10 PM
Bullying of any kind is no joke, and that point is made even stronger when major actors/icons/corporations stand up and say so. Congratulations, Disney, and thank you Megan for bringing this to our attention!
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Traditional and 'cyber' bullies keep local authorities busy

Traditional and 'cyber' bullies keep local authorities busy | If-it-were-you | Scoop.it

This article brought my moral up a little, hearing that something is actually being done. Police in Prescott are actually taking the threat of bullying, both traditional and cyber, seriously, and they are doing something about it. There are consequences for the kids involved, the only thing, is that victims need to come to the authorities and tell them what is happening. 

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Jessica Kennedy's comment, April 9, 2012 10:31 PM
I find it incredibly sad that bullying (of any kind) isn't monitored more closely. It seems like people misconstrue the hurtful actions kids do because they're so young and it doesn't seem possible for a child's actions or words to have any lasting emotional damage. It's nice to know though that some people ARE taking bullying seriously and not setting the issues aside as if they're going to be resolved by a simple slap on the wrist. I hope these kids have the courage to speak up and stand up for themselves.

I was homeschooled since the fourth grade but still attended school for music, gym, and art classes. I was nerdy, awkward looking, and was constantly made fun of for not going to "regular" school. It hurt so badly that I eventually stopped going entirely because I felt like everyone hated me. And even though it may seem like a silly thing to get all worked up about, as a kid, when nobody wants to talk to you and tells you how dumb, ugly, and weird you are, you start to think them yourself.

Although I'm over it now, I still look back and think about how much time I spent hurting. I think about what more serious issues kids have to deal with and it genuinely hurts to realize that young people are dealing with things that cause them to self-harm or take their own lives.

Bullying is not ok and I detest anyone who thinks it is.
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9 Teens Charged in Cyber-Bullying Suicide

9 Teens Charged in Cyber-Bullying Suicide | If-it-were-you | Scoop.it

I hate to have to keep posting about teen suicide, but unfortunately much of the reported cyberbullying is only reported because it ended with a casualty. It’s terrible to hear that a 15-year-old girl took her life because she felt like she had no other way out.

I’m glad to see some form of repercussion. It may not be much in comparison to the life that was lost, but if it can save just one other person’s life than maybe we’re moving in the right direction.

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craniumburrito's comment, April 10, 2012 11:18 AM
Yes... I agree with Jessica and Eric... this topic hits close to home for me... my sister is just about to turn 13 and she is at that perfect age for other kids to use the safety of the web to harass her and classmates. My mom has come to me with, "how should I handle this?" kinds of questions and the only advice I can give is just remove her and let her know it's not her fault, you know? I wish I had more experience with this, but the rampant digital expansion is hard to keep up with - who knows what communication mediums kids are using these days... Thanks for scooping on this Megan, seriously.
Jessica Kennedy's comment, April 11, 2012 11:17 PM
I just wanted to comment on this again as a young girl who attended Houghton High School committed suicide yesterday. It breaks my heart to know this stuff actually happens as a result of someone else's words and actions.
Eric Johnson's comment, April 12, 2012 1:11 AM
No way ... that is awful. I can't even imagine how sick I would feel knowing that my words and action led (indirectly or directly) to someone else permanently ending their life. I'm not trying to side with the bully, but I wonder if that person feels anything. I'm so sorry to hear about this.
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Preventing Cyber Bullying: Some Tough Suggestions

Preventing Cyber Bullying: Some Tough Suggestions | If-it-were-you | Scoop.it

This article specifically talks about my previous article about the girl from Maryland, and has some great thoughts on it. As well as, steps to take to stop a bully.

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States look to enact cyberbullying laws

States look to enact cyberbullying laws | If-it-were-you | Scoop.it

"Some states want to put penalties on the books for the types of digital bullying that have led students to commit suicide."

 

State governments are stepping up. They are taking cyberbullying seriously and adapting there bullying laws to incorporate it. 

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Why Must the Good Die Young?

Why Must the Good Die Young? | If-it-were-you | Scoop.it

This true life story of a boy whose end came at the hand of bullycide is touching in the way that only the suicide of a young child can be. Ryan Halligan's life ended too soon as a result of bullying and cyber bullying.

 

The emotional pain caused by cyberbullying is almost more tramatic than the physical pain of old fashion bullying. This age of semi-annoymousness is giving the bullies an upperhand.

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