Proviso Seniors Tackle Bullying Issues: Part 1 (Proviso, Ill.)

Date: May 23, 2011

This month we are featuring excerpts from senior projects on bullying.

Cyber Bulling
by Julian Roy

Julian RoyThe first thing we need to do is define cyber bullying. Cyber bullying is when a person is picked on or threatened by someone online.

For example if someone goes to your Facebook page and says something that is mean or cruel. This is not just between two people, anyone who clicks into this page is going to see what has been posted.

Who gets cyber bullied? Cyber bullying, like other forms of bullying, is about relationships, power and control. Those who bully others are trying to establish power and control over others they think are weaker than they are.

Statistics on cyber bullying are constantly changing. According to the I-safe America Team, 38% of kids admit that someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online.

What can make cyber bulling worse is the fact that most victims do not say anything to family members or police. The key to those who are victims is to know that there is nothing wrong with them, the bullies are the one’s who have the real problems.

The results of cyber bullying can be anything from low self-esteem to depression and even death. While some people laugh off jokes and comments made online, there are some who take those words very seriously.

When you are online and someone sends you a nasty message, the first thing you should do is ignore it. You can also block that person from your page. It’s also a good idea to  allow only people you know well on your page. Also limit how much you tell about yourself, even to close friends, when you are online.

Reporting cyber bullying is  a skill that is needed today. The most important thing to remember if you are being cyber bullied is not to keep it to yourself! No one should suffer through this problem alone.

To report cyber bullying it is really important to get as much information as you can. The more you have saved, the easier it will be to track people down. From a bullying email you should save the email address, date and time received and copies of any email with full email headers. If you are in a chat room, you should save date and time, name and URL of the room and nickname and email of the offending person.

Once you have collected this information you should contact your local police department. In most cases, they will have a cyber-crimes unit or officer. The most important thing to do when being cyber bullied is to know how to report that kind of activity.

The more you know about cyber bullying, the better protected you can be!

Types of Bullying
by Bryan Cruz

Types of bullBryan Cruzying include cyber, verbal, and physical bullying. 46.5% of all bullying that takes place in school is verbal bullying.

Also, there is indirect bullying such as spreading rumors, social alienation when a person is excluded from a group. Research says indirect bullying accounts for 18.5% of all bullying.

There are steps students can take when they are being bullied:

  • Avoid a bully. Carry on your normal routine but avoid situations where the bully typically picks on you.
  • Stick with a friend. A bully is less likely to lash out at you when you are with someone else.
  • Feel good about yourself. Self confidence stops bullies in their tracks and keeps you from being a potential target.
  • Be brave. If the bully sees you be clam and don’t back down. The bully can see you know how to stand up for yourself.
  • Always walk away. By doing that you are telling the bully you don’t care about him or his actions.
  • Don’t be emotional. Don’t give the bully the satisfaction of knowing that he has hurt your feelings.
  • Be a friend. A show of support will emphasize to a bully that his behavior won’t be tolerated by his peers.

Lastly, don’t fight back. Fighting back only gives the bully what he’s looking for – your reaction. In addition, a violent reaction could cause serious trouble. Stand your ground but do not be antagonistic.

How to Prevent Cyber Bullying
by Ronnie Washington-Ali

Technology is the key to cyber bullying. Without technology, there would be no cyber bullying.

Cyber bullies use IM’s text messages, and social net- works to bully. It’s their own virtual world. They are able to mislead victims by being anonymous, hiding their true identities.

There are ways to prevent cyber bullying from happening:

  • When on the internet, never share or give out personal information.
  • Talk to children specifically about cyber bullying and encourage them to tell you immediately if he or she is a victim of cyber bullying or cyber stalking.
  • Never reply to messages from cyber bullies. Even though you may really want to, this is exactly what cyber bullies want. They want to know that they have you worried and upset.
  • You should never keep it to yourself if someone is bullying you. Your parents should be the first people you contact. If it’s more serious, you should contact the police.
  • Save all the evidence from the person who is doing the cyber bullying. You should never delete it.

Cyber bullying can be very serious. In some cases it has led to victim’s suicide.

It’s a dangerous new threat that is all over the world. Always be careful whenever you are online.

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