Cyber Bullying

Cyber Bullying involves the use of electronic technologies to engage in repeated and/or extensively disseminated acts of cruelty towards others.

FWISD Student Code of Conduct Students are prohibited from sending or posting electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another's reputation, or illegal. This prohibition applies to conduct off school property if it results in a substantial disruption to the educational environment. Any person taking, disseminating, transferring, or sharing obscene, sexually oriented, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs will be disciplined according to the Student Code of Conduct and may, in certain circumstances, be reported to law enforcement.

Did you know?
15% had been bullied online; 10% by a cell phone
7% had bullied another online; 5% by cell phone
Source: Cox Communications (2009)

Traditional vs. Cyber Bullying
Children involved in cyber bullying are also likely to be involved in "traditional" bullying:
• 60% of victims of cyber bullying had been bullied in "traditional" ways and 55% of perpetrators of cyber bullying had also bullied others in "traditional" ways
• Exceptionally vicious and no escape for the victim
• Harmful messages are widely distributed and incidents can involve large numbers of bystanders

Forms of Cyber Bullying
• Cyberstalking- engaging in online activities that make a person afraid for his or her safety using technology for control in an abusive relationship
• Trickery-tricking someone into revealing secrets or embarrassing information for the intent to humiliate or cause harm
• Outing- sharing someone's secrets or embarrassing information or images online
• Flaming- an angry, hateful message
• Exclusion-intentionally excluding someone from an online group
• Impersonation- impersonating someone to make the person look bad, get the person in trouble or danger, or damage reputation or friendships
• Harassment- repeatedly sending offensive messages- direct bullying
• Denigration- sending or posting cruel gossip or rumors about a person to damage his/her reputation or friendships- indirect bullying
• Leakage- when a teen intentionally or unintentionally.reveals clues to feelings or thoughts that may signal impending violence against self or others.
• Victims of Cyber Bullying

Children who were cyber bully victims had the highest rates of anxiety, depression and school failure and absences. Source: Kowalski & Limber, 2008

Questions Administrators Need to Ask
• Is the behavior causing disruption or disorder at school
• Are the materials is causing substantial interference with school operations
• Does the student speech on web site disrupt the school community
• Is there a direct link between student expressions and school disruptions
• Safety Tips for Students
• Never post cell phone number, address, social security number or name of your school
• Be aware that information given out in blogs could put you at risk of victimization
• Only add people to your site if you know them
• Think before posting pictures; personal photos should not have revealing information
• Never post cell phone number, address, social security number or name of your school
• Be aware that information given out in blogs could put you at risk of victimization
• Only add people to your site if you know them
• Think before posting pictures; personal photos should not have revealing information
• Suggestions for Victims of Cyber Bullying
• Tell the person harassing you in straight forward terms, "Leave me alone, stop harassing me. Do not contact me again."
• Do not reply to anything else the harasser says. No replies to emails or lies said about you.
• Save all interactions for evidence
• In the case of email harassment you need to contact the harasser's ISP (Internet Service Provider) and make a complaint.
• If the harassment is coming from other students at the school, contact your school's administration to see what action they would be willing to take.
• Report it to local law enforcement along with copies of the materials that you have collected.
• Encourage the victim to tell someone- maybe a teacher, school counselor or another trusted adult at school. If the victim has been assaulted because of bullying, it maybe a criminal matter requiring police involvement.

School Resources
• Counselor
• Intervention Specialist
• Principal/Assistant Principal
• Liaison Officer

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTipline: 1-800-843-5678

SOURCE: FORT WORTH ISD “IT’S NOT OKAY” PROGRAM – CYBER BULLYING: http://www.fwisd.org/Page/2159