Bullying, child abuse, and digital abuse are serious issues facing kids and communities today. Parents, schools and citizens need information and ideas about how to keep kids safe. The Monique Burr Foundation for Children, a Jacksonville based nonprofit founded in 1997 that serves all of Florida, is the place to provide both! Serving up current, professional, research-backed information (with a little bit of fun) we hope you will join us as we SPEAK UP to help Florida's children BE SAFE!
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Identifying, Intervening, Surviving and Preventing Bullying – A Series: Cyberbullying…When Peers Are Predators Too
Not so long ago we only had to worry about
the online threat of strangers.
Predators were those from far away who used technology to gain access to
our children and subsequently harm them with abuse and exploitation. But times have changed and the digital age
has opened up a new world where our children’s peers are now predators as well.
Cyberbullying and digital abuse are quickly
becoming the main issue facing tweens and teens today.
of 5 children is or will be cyberbullied (US Dept. of Justice)
teens ages 13 to 17 have experienced cyberbullying in the past year
million children were cyberbullied on Facebook during the past year
has created a great infographic that displays just how real and significant cyberbullying
is… we encourage you to check it out.
what exactly is cyberbullying? It is threatening, harassing or aggressive
behavior by one or more children or teens toward another using digital
technology such as the Internet or cell phones. Unlike bullying, cyberbullying
does not have to be a repeated behavior nor does the behavior need to take
place between persons of unequal power.
1.Spreading rumors or posting false information
2.Sending harassing messages
3.Posting compromising or altered images
4.Persuading others to act in this same manner
5.Posting private information
6.Bullying others while impersonating the victim
The National Center for Missing and Exploited
Children does a great job of explaining cyberbullying through a series of
videos titled “Real Life Stories.” These videos feature stories shared by
actual teens and are appropriate for tweens and teens, and they are also
appropriate for adults who wish to gain a better understandingof cyberbullying
and its devastating consequences.
As we learned in a previous post,
cyberbullying tends to begin in middle school, increase in the later middle
school years and peak in high school, therefore education and prevention must
start early and continue throughout all school years. In the next post, we will examine the signs indicating
your child may be the victim of a bully or cyberbully. In future posts, we will
also discuss why and how to intervene in bullying situations, share resources for
prevention and more. Check back for future
posts so you and your children can become educated and empowered to speak up and