Topic of this week: CYBER BULLYING. We all have heard nasty rumors of another person or have read things on Facebook about someone that weren't necessarily true. Cyber bullying is any form of harrassment that can take place through e-mails, social networks, digital messages, and texts. Some common forms of cyber bullying include:
- Harrassment: repeatedly sending offensive or rude messages
- Denigration: distributing false information about a person that's derogatory and untrue in e-mails,texts,or on social networks
- Flaming: fighting online that includes vulgar language
- Impersonation: hacking into someone's e-mails or social network accounts for the purpose of distributing emberrassing information about them or others
- Outing and trickery: tricking someone into exposing personal secrets for the purpose of forwarding that information to others
- Cyber stalking: Repeatedly sending messages that include threats of harm or are highly intimidating, or engaging in other online activities that make a person afraid for his or her safety
The following are some interesting facts about cyber bullying that I found very interesting and I believe you, the readers, should know:
- Girls are about twice as likely as boys to be victims and perpetrators of cyber bullying
- Four out of ten middle school students have had their password(s) stolen and changed by a bully who then locked them out of their own account or sent communications posing as them
- About 75% have visited a Web site bashing another student
- Nearly 42% of kids have been bullied online and almost one in four have had it happen more than once
- Cyber bullying has increased in recent years. In a national survey of 10-17 year olds, twice as many children indicated they had been victims and perpetrators
- Long Island teen, Alexis Pilkington,who was 17 years of age at the time of her death, was pushed over the edge when she was cyber bullied on FormSpringMe.com. The tauntings still persisted even after her death.
- experiences a drop in grades or decline in academic performance
We can help stop bullying! These children didn't need to die. We have to realize that their is power in our words. Once they're spoken, they can't be taken back. So be careful with what you say about others. Just because you don't like someone doesn't mean you can stoop down to a low level and spread false rumors about them. Help STOP CYBER BULLYING! There are still other children we can help before it's too late!