Cyber bullying is the use of technology—email, instant messaging, text messaging, personal Web pages such as Myspace or Facebook—to bully, intimidate and harass a person or group of people. The following resources contain sections for parents and educators, and more resources can be found through a Web search.
The National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center has a list of web sites, fact sheet and articles on bullying prevention in schools. http://www.safeyouth.org/scripts/topics/bullying.asp
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has two resources on cyber bullying and internet safety for children and youth. Netsmartz: Keeping Kids and Teens Safer on the Internet http://www.netsmartz.org/netteens.htm The Teen site. http://www.netsmartz.org/resources/reallife.htm The Kids site. (Also a good example of using games for learning.) Don’t Believe the Type: an internet prevention website for teens on identifying sexual exploitation online. http://tcs.cybertipline.com/knowthedangers.htm
The "Stop Bullying Now!" campaign was developed by the Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The website has both children’s and adults’ sections, and resources for educators, health and safety professionals, parents, children, and the general public. This is the link to the sites homepage, Stop Bullying Now. There are sections in English and Spanish. http://www.stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov/adult/indexAdult.asp?Area=cyberbullying This is the link to their cyber bullying page.
Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use has an article that explores how ordinary social controls for behavior can be ignored when youth use cyber technology. http://cyberbully.org/docs/disinhibition.pdf I Can’t See You – You Can’t See Me: How the use of information and communication technologies can impact responsible behavior, Nancy Williard, MS, JP, 2004
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