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Cyberbullying - What is it?

"Cyberbullying is just what it sounds like - bullying through Internet applications and technologies such as instant messaging (IM), social networking sites, and cell phones. It can start easily—with a rumor, a photo, or a forwarded message—and just as easily spiral out of control. An embarrassing video posted to a social networking site by someone in Kansas tonight may be watched by someone in Japan tomorrow. Cyberbullying victims may be targeted anywhere, at any time.

Common Forms of Cyberbullying ~

     •Flaming and Trolling – sending or posting hostile messages intended to “inflame” the emotions of others
     •Happy-Slapping – recording someone being harassed or bullied in a way that usually involves physical abuse,    then posting the video online for public viewing
     •Identity Theft/Impersonation – stealing someone’s password and/or hijacking their online accounts to send or post incriminating or humiliating pictures, videos, or information
     •Photoshopping – doctoring digital images so that the main subject is placed in a compromising or embarrassing situation
     •Physical Threats – sending messages that involve threats to a person’s physical safety
     •Rumor Spreading – spreading gossip through e-mail, text messaging, or social networking sites

Signs Your Child May Be a Victim of Cyberbullying

     •Avoids the computer, cell phone, and other technological devices or appears stressed when receiving an e-mail, instant message, or text
     •Withdraws from family and friends or acts reluctant to attend school and social events
     •Avoids conversations about computer use
     •Exhibits signs of low self-esteem including depression and/or fear
     •Has declining grades
     •Has poor eating or sleeping habits"


[1] Hinduja, S., Patchin J. Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying. Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press, 2009.

See www.netsmartz.org for more ways to protect your child online. 


Internet Safety Policy Meeting - June 28, 2012

All are invited to attend a meeting discussing St. Patrick Catholic School's Internet Safety Policy on Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Room.  This meeting is in compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act. 

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