Cyber Bullying

"Knowing what's right doesn't mean much unless you do what's right"
-Theodore Roosevelt

Definition: Cyber bullying is the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.

Consequences for a bully:

Cyber bully under civil law

    1. A cyber bully may be engaged in defamation.

    2. The person cyber bullying may be creating an unsafe environment by making the target feel that she or he cannot go to school without facing violence, teasing or exclusion.

    3. A person is responsible for any consequences that he or she might reasonably have guessed would happen.

Cyber bully under criminal law

1. Harassment is a crime under the Criminal Code.

Criminal harassment is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

2. Defamatory libel is a crime under the Criminal Code.

Defamatory libel is punishable by up to five years in prison.

Consequences for a victim:

    1. Sudden "fear" of technology.

    2. Unexplained physical symptoms, including headaches, upset stomach, and trouble sleeping.

    3. Lowered self-esteem.

    4. Depression and anxiety.

    5. Avoiding social or school events

    6. Change in school performance, attitude, dress and habits.

What a victim of cyber bullying do?

    1. Tell an adult.

    2. Save the evidence.

    3. Treat others as you would like to be treated.

    4. Block the bully.

    5. Report the problem.

What should a witness of cyber bullying do?

S- Speak up

A- Adult Help

V- Volunteer solutions

E- End the victim’s misery

Statistics:

75%-85% of students in school are considered witnesses.

One million children were harassed, threatened or subjected to other forms of cyber bullying on Facebook during the past year.

95% of social media-using teens who have witnessed cruel behavior on social networking sites say they have seen others ignoring the mean behavior; 55% witness this frequently.

84% have seen the people defend the person being harassed; 27% report seeing this frequently.

1 in 6 parents know their child has been bullied via a social networking site.

68% of teens agree that cyber bullying is a serious problem with today’s youth. Reasons cyber bullies said they engaged in cyber bullying:

    · To show off to friends (11%)

    · To be mean (14%)

    · Something else (16%)

    · To embarrass them (21%)

    · For fun or entertainment (28%)

    · They deserved it (58%)

    · To get back at someone (58%)

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