Archive for the ‘Information’ Category

Girl Leaps To Her Death

Posted: February 15, 2014 in Information, News Worthy

From the Daily Mail…

Girl, 15, at private school for the gifted leaps to her death off grandmother’s Manhattan apartment building ‘after vicious cyberbullying’

  • Jayah Ram Jackson, 15, jumped to her death at 10.40am on Thursday on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
  • Disturbing Facebook and social media posts indicate the teens troubled state of mind
  • Claims to have cut herself and alludes to a ‘petition to kill herself’ – raising the specter of cyberbullying


Words To Live By

Posted: January 21, 2013 in Information, Quotes

85% of bullying occurs in the presence of an audience of bystanders. Please don’t ignore it!

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On this Martin Luther King Day…Words of wisdom…

Thanks To The Megan Meier Foundation…

Born This Way

Posted: December 22, 2012 in Information, News Worthy

Associated Press

The singer announced Thursday that the Born Brave Bus Tour will tailgate outside her upcoming U.S. concerts and provide a space for 13- to 25-year-olds to learn more about local resources on anti-bullying, suicide prevention and mental health services. Her foundation focuses on youth empowerment and self-confidence.

Organizations like The Trevor Project, Campus Pride and the National Association of School Psychologists will assist on the bus. Participants will not need a ticket to the show to partake.

The Born Brave Bus will be open a few hours before each show in the tour, which kicks off on January 14 in Tacoma, Washington.

Thanks to Megan Meier Foundation

Cyberbullying expert Alexis Moore says that parents should intervene when their children become victims of cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying expert Alexis Moore says that parents should intervene when their children become victims of cyberbullying. (Miodrag Gajic/iStock)

A number of high-profile incidents in recent years have demonstrated that cyberbullying — through email, texts or social networking sites like Facebook — can lead to grave consequences if not handled properly.

On Oct. 10, a 15-year-old girl in Port Coquitlam, B.C., took her own life a few weeks after posting a YouTube video about the bullying she had experienced at school and online.

Two years ago, an 18-year-old student at Rutgers University in New Jersey student jumped from a bridge after his roommate used a webcam to spy on him.

In 2008, a Missouri teenager hanged herself weeks before her 14th birthday after being the target of a hoax on MySpace.

Alexis Moore, author of A Parent’s Guide to Cyberstalking and Cyberbullying, says that stories like these happen far too often. She spoke with CBC News about what parents can do to navigate the dark world of online bullying.

Q: How is cyberbullying different from traditional bullying?

A: The first thing is understanding it’s just as serious as traditional bullying — without the black and blue marks, without your child coming home with their backpack ripped off their shoulder or something like that. Parents tend to think a little less about non-physical activity being this harmful.

That’s something that I try to educate and remind law enforcement and our public officials about: This is just as deadly and lethal an assault as your traditional battery. It’s using technology to harass and to manipulate and often destroy a child.

Q: How can parents approach the topic of cyberbullying with their children?

A: The best tools a person can use are just what’s out there already. Finding that avenue where there may be a cartoon or a show or an advertisement on TV or the radio [about cyberbullying]. It’s a great way to open up that conversation with your kids.

What I always say is, let them tell you. So [ask] open-ended questions and act stupid. Parents can become actors and actresses. “Tell me about cyberbullying. It was just on this radio ad. Is this something that goes on in your school?” It’s amazing how kids will tell you.

Q: Are there signs parents can watch for to recognize if their child is being bullied online?

A: The first one that most notice is they have an unusual response to technology. So, for example, if a youth is using a video game or has a computer or cell phone that they usually love and were always running to it, you will see a different reaction. A happy kid that used to be excited about using technology is now not excited. It may be subtle. They’ll have a different response to the technology because they know it’s now a weapon.

Warning Signs

  • Change in behaviour. For instance, your child is a good student but his/her grades start going down.
  • A child that used to sit on the computer for hours, doesn’t do that anymore. They are reading or watching TV.
  • They are not eating or eating too much.
  • They are missing items or their clothing is damaged.
  • They are suffering depression and anxiety. They don’t want to go to school.
  • If they say or write dark things like “I don’t want to live.” Parents tend to think it’s just drama but the child needs help.

-Tina Meier, founder of the Megan Meier Foundation, an anti-bullying organization.

Another is personality changes. We often will just consider our child as a teenager having a bad day or just being cranky, not realizing that this is perhaps something more, and it may be due to cyberbullying. So I always say, look for those personality changes and please don’t write them off, because you can save a life.

Q: If a child is being bullied, what can he or she do to make it stop?

A: Speak out. Number one. And it’s so hard, because kids are trying to be macho and don’t want Mommy or Daddy a lot of the time to interfere, because that’s not cool. So we need to change that and say speaking out is number one.

Telling the teacher, telling a friend’s parents, telling your pastor at church, telling your mom or dad, anyone. They need to learn to speak out and tell as many people as possible, because unfortunately, today you may tell grandma [and] grandma may write it off, but the next person they tell hopefully won’t.

Q: What can parents do to help their children cope with cyberbullies? Do you recommend that parents intervene?

A: I do, and that’s where it gets tricky, because you don’t want to overreact as a parent. You don’t want to single your child out to be a crybaby, because that doesn’t help them, either. In fact, it can encourage more nonsense. But I think letting the school know that’s there a problem immediately is the best advice for everybody. And to talk to other parents about these circumstances and find out if they’ve had similar experiences.

And ensuring the child has emotional support and evaluation is critical. Because honestly, we’re not in their minds, we don’t know how serious this is until oftentimes it’s so far gone and the child has committed suicide. So, in my opinion, although a parent is good-hearted and a parent may be providing love and care and all the necessities of a good life, we’re not certain that that’s enough. In my opinion, opt for some professional help.

Q: Is there a way for kids to protect themselves from becoming targets of cyberbullying in the first place?

A: A lot of times it’s choosing your technological buddies wisely. A lot of anonymous friends and interacting online with strangers — you’re at a risk. That’s up to the parents to start educating them that there’s dangers online…because you really have no way of knowing who the folks are you’re interacting with.

Q: On the flipside, how can parents prevent their own children from becoming cyberbullies?

A: Reminding them, if I catch you bullying, you’re going to have hell to pay as well. Setting the ground rules, that just like anything else, if we catch you doing wrong, you’re going to be punished. And they need to know.

Taking it a step further, if we do indeed have a bully in the classroom or a bully online, there’s usually some catalyst for it, and unfortunately it could be a cry for help. It could be a child who’s being abused or neglected at home. So that is a big issue and a lot of times, people don’t even think of that. They’re just so quick to punish and want to hang the person. Remember, these are kids we’re talking about. They’re in need of guidance and support.

Q: Are there things that the community as a whole can do to help prevent cyberbullying?

A: Interact with each other. A lot parents are complaining right now to me saying, “Oh Alexis, I don’t have time.” And I say, “Do you have a phone? Do you have email? Of course you have time.”

You can join together as parents in a network and have everyone’s phone number and email in a group listserv and all you do is click a button and you can send out to your group of parents and educators that you have a problem. Communication is key.


From CBC News…What Parents Can Do To Prevent Cyberbullying…

By Althea Manasan   October 12, 2012


The Teen Video Awards…San Francisco, California…And the No Bull Campaign…From NoBullChallenge on October 8, 2012…

Thanks to NoBullChallenge…


Something Valuable

Posted: October 4, 2012 in Information, News Worthy

We’re participating in a webinar with @SchoolReach on cyberbullying on October 16! Sign up here:

Cyberbullying: The Situation & Solutions


Attend a free NCEA webinar brought to you by The CyberBully Hotline (a service of SchoolReach). Join Sr. Angela Shaughnessy, for Cyberbullying: The Situation and Solutions.If you’ve attended the NCEA Conference you know that Sr. Shaughnessy “really packs ‘em in” and her bullying, cyberbullying research and insights are in great demand from principals, teachers, education superintendents, and board members. Cyberbullying is the scourge of the Internet. As younger and younger students gain access to social media programs and get cell phones at an ever increasing rate and decreasing age, a “Bermuda Triangle of Bullying” is created.Learn:
*Current trends in cyberbullying
*Ways that parents and educators can help fight this growing problem
*How timely reporting can help combat cyberbullying
*How new trends in anonymous reporting solutions are helping increase bullying reporting and decrease bullying incidents
…and much, much moreSister Angela Shaughnessy, SCN, J.D., Ph. D., is the Dean of Graduate Studies and Legal Counsel at St. Catherine College, located near Springfield, KY. Sr. Shaughnessy has spent years researching bullying, cyberbullying, and speaks nationally on the topic. St. Catharine College, a Catholic, Dominican college inspired by its founders, welcomes all to the challenging pursuit of truth, preparing them to become critical thinkers, ethical leaders, and engaged citizens.

Outing Fully The Cyberbully

Posted: August 3, 2012 in Information

Online definitions and information on what constitutes the practice of cyberbullying.

From Wikipedia.


Legal definition

Cyberbullying is defined in legal glossaries as

  • actions that use information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to harm another or others.
  • use of communication technologies for the intention of harming another person
  • use of internet service and mobile technologies such as web pages and discussion groups as well as instant messaging or SMS text messaging with the intention of harming another person.

Examples of what constitutes cyberbullying include communications that seek to intimidate, control, manipulate, put down, falsely discredit, or humiliate the recipient. The actions are deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior intended to harm another. Cyberbullying has been defined by The National Crime Prevention Council: “when the Internet, cell phones or other devices are used to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person.[2][3]

A cyberbully may be a person whom the target knows or an online stranger. A cyberbully may be anonymous and may solicit involvement of other people online who do not even know the target.

Cyberbullying vs. cyberstalking

Further information: Cyberstalking

The practice of cyberbullying is not limited to children and, while the behavior is identified by the same definition when practiced by adults, the distinction in age groups sometimes refers to the abuse as cyberstalking or cyberharassment when perpetrated by adults toward adults. Common tactics used by cyberstalkers are performed in public forums, social media or online information sites and are intended to threaten a victim’s earnings, employment, reputation, or safety. Behaviors may include encouraging others to harass the victim and trying to affect a victim’s online participation. Many cyberstalkers try to damage the reputation of their victim and turn other people against them.

Cyberstalking may include false accusations, monitoring, making threats, identity theft, damage to data or equipment, the solicitation of minors for sex, or gathering information in order to harass. A repeated pattern of such actions and harassment against a target by an adult constitutes cyberstalking.[4] There are consequences of law in offline stalking and online stalking, and cyber-stalkers can be put in jail.[5]Cyberstalking is a form of cyberbullying.

Methods used

Manuals to educate the public, teachers and parents summarize, “Cyberbullying is being cruel to others by sending or posting harmful material using a cell phone or the internet.” Research, legislation and education in the field are ongoing. Basic definitions and guidelines to help recognize and cope with what is regarded as abuse of electronic communications have been identified.

  • Cyberbullying involves repeated behavior with intent to harm and repeated nature
  • Cyberbullying is perpetrated through HarassmentCyberstalking, Denigration (sending or posting cruel rumors and falsehoods to damage reputation and friendships), Impersonation, Exclusion (intentionally and cruelly excluding someone from an online group)[6]

Cyberbullying can be as simple as continuing to send e-mail or text harassing someone who has said they want no further contact with the sender. It may also include public actions such as repeated threats, sexual remarks, pejorative labels (i.e., hate speech) or defamatory false accusations), ganging up on a victim by making the person the subject of ridicule in online forums, hacking into or vandalizing sites about a person, and posting false statements as fact aimed a discrediting or humiliating a targeted person. Cyberbullying could be limited to posting rumors about a person on the internet with the intention of bringing about hatred in others’ minds or convincing others to dislike or participate in online denigration of a target. It may go to the extent of personally identifying victims of crime and publishing materials severely defaming or humiliating them.[7]

Cyberbullies may disclose victims’ personal data (e.g. real name, home address, or workplace/schools) at websites or forums or may use impersonation, creating fake accounts, comments or sites posing as their target for the purpose of publishing material in their name that defames, discredits or ridicules them.

Some cyberbullies may also send threatening and harassing emails, instant messages or texts to the victims. Others post rumors or gossip and instigate others to dislike and gang up on the target.

References Cited:

  1. July 6, 2011.
  2. ^ Cyberbullying – Law and Legal Definitions US Legal
  3. ^ Cyber-bullying Definition Legal Definitions
  4. ^ Celebrity stalking reports Anti-Bullying and Internet Safety Services
  5. ^ { UCF Cyber Stalker’s Sentence Not Harsh Enough, Victim Says] ABC News; January 23, 2012
  6. ^ An Educators Guide to Cyberbullying Brown
  7. ^ Cyberbullying – Law and Legal Definitions US Legal