Thursday, January 31, 2013

Stand Up to Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.
Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.

Protect Yourself from Cyberbullying

Bullying does not always happen in person. Cyberbullying is a type of bullying that happens online or through text messages or emails. There are things you can do to protect yourself.
  • Always think about what you post. You never know what someone will forward. Being kind to others online will help to keep you safe. Do not share anything that could hurt or embarrass anyone.
  • Keep your password a secret from other kids. Even kids that seem like friends could give your password away or use it in ways you don’t want. Let your parents have your passwords.
  • Think about who sees what you post online. Complete strangers? Friends? Friends of friends? Privacy settings let you control who sees what.
  • Keep your parents in the loop. Tell them what you’re doing online and who you’re doing it with. Let them friend or follow you. Listen to what they have to say about what is and isn’t okay to do. They care about you and want you to be safe.
  • Talk to an adult you trust about any messages you get or things you see online that make you sad or scared. If it is cyberbullying, report it.

Stand Up for Others

When you see bullying, there are safe things you can do to make it stop.
  • Talk to a parent, teacher, or another adult you trust. Adults need to know when bad things happen so they can help.
  • Be kind to the kid being bullied. Show them that you care by trying to include them. Sit with them at lunch or on the bus, talk to them at school, or invite them to do something. Just hanging out with them will help them know they aren’t alone.
Not saying anything could make it worse for everyone. The kid who is bullying will think it is ok to keep treating others that way.

Get Involved

You can be a leader in preventing bullying in your community.
  • Find out more about where and when bullying happens at your school. Think about what could help. Then, share your ideas. There is a good chance that adults don’t know all of what happens. Your friends can go with you to talk to a teacher, counselor, coach, or parent and can add what they think.
  • Talk to the principal about getting involved at school. Schools sometimes give students a voice in programs to stop bullying. Be on a school safety committee. Create posters for your school about bullying. Be a role model for younger kids.
  • Write a blog, letter to the editor of your local newspaper, or tweet about bullying.


Friday, January 25, 2013

Building Confidence & Self-Esteem in Young Girls / PSA Video

Building Confidence & Self-Esteem in Young Girls / PSA Video

Let's stop the cycle

Let's stop the cycle of bullying

11 Facts about Bullying

11 Facts about Bullying:

  1. In our society, bullying is the most common form of violence.
  2. American schools hold 2.1 million bullies and 2.7 million of their victims.
  3. One in seven students from grades K-12 are either bullies or victims of bullying.
  4. Nearly one-fourth of students from elementary through high school have reported that they have been harassed or bullied at school because of their race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation or disability.
  5. Eighty-six percent of LGBT students said that they have experienced harassment in school.
  6. An estimated 160,000 children miss school every day because they fear attack or intimidation by bullies.
  7. Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75 percent of school-shooting incidents.
  8. Fifty-four percent of students reported that witnessing physical abuse at home can lead to school violence.
  9. Each month, 282,000 students report being attacked in high schools throughout the nation.
  10. Victims of bullying are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than students who are not bullied.
  11. More than two-thirds of students believe that schools respond poorly to bullying, and that adult help is infrequent and ineffective.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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