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11 Facts about Cyber-bullying

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

posted by Admin

  1. Nearly 42% of kids have been bullied online and almost one in four have had it happen more than once.
  2. Among this percentage, being ignored and disrespected were the most common forms of cyber bullying.
  3. Nine out of ten school students have had their feelings hurt online.
  4. About 75% have visited a Web site “bashing” another student.
  5. Four out of ten 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.
  6. About 21% of kids have received mean or threatening e-mails.
  7. The psychological and emotional outcomes of cyber bullying are similar to real-life bullying outcomes, except for the reality that with cyber bullying there is often no escape. School ends at 3:15p.m., while the Internet is available all the time.
  8. The primary cyber bullying location where victimizing occurs, at 56%, is in chat rooms.
  9. Girls are about twice as likely as boys to be victims and perpetrators of cyber bullying.
  10. About 58% of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. More than four out of ten say it has happened more than once.
  11. 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.

Visit http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/index2.html for very useful advice on cyber-bullying.

Tring Anti-Bullying Initiative is part of Tring Martial Arts, we provide martial art tuition and self defence training for children aged 6 years of age and over. 

Teachers targeted by cyberbullying pupils and parents

Friday, August 19th, 2011

posted by Admin 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-14529633 

School teachers have been subjected to online abuse and cyberbullying by pupils and parents, a study has found.

Research carried out by the University of Plymouth found parents were responsible for a quarter of the abuse suffered by teachers.

Nearly 400 teachers nationwide, both primary and secondary, were surveyed for Prof Andy Phippen’s study.

“From the research it appears that kids can be perpetrators as well as victims,” he told BBC News.

“The most shocking is the parental abuse.”

‘Fair game’Researchers surveyed 377 education professionals nationwide and carried out 10 in-depth case studies.

The study revealed that 35% of respondents said that either they, or their colleagues, had been subjected to some form of online abuse.

Teachers from both primary and secondary schools had been targeted.

“It can affect teachers anywhere – from a small rural primary to a large urban secondary,” Prof Phippen said.

One head teacher suffered a breakdown and had suicidal thoughts after a “prolonged and aggressive” internet campaign staged by a parent.

“Some parents view teachers as fair game for abuse,” Prof Phippen said.

“They use online technologies to hide behind while posting lies and abuse about their chosen victim.”

The research showed pupils were responsible for most of the abuse, but in 26% of cases it was parents who played a role.

One teacher, falsely accused on the internet of “inappropriate behaviour” with a female student, said he ended up in the care of a psychologist to help him deal with “loss of self worth, depression and the urge to commit suicide”.

If it is not stamped on, it will get worse”

End Quote Prof Andy Phippen University of Plymouth

He was released by police without charge, caution or reprimand, but then faced a “punitive” suspension of five months.

The teacher claimed his local authority investigation was “motivated from the outset with a staunch presumption of guilt throughout”.

Prof Phippen said discussions had taken place with teaching unions and the Department for Education (DfE), but many teachers would like to see more public awareness.

“These teachers who have been abused show the classic signs of bullying, including depression and feelings of isolation,” he said.

“Schools should not be afraid to involve the police if they feel harassment is occurring.

“Many grass-roots teachers feel there should be far more zero tolerance from schools.

‘Ability to teach’“It is not ‘just one of those things’ and if it is not stamped on, it will get worse.”

The DfE said all bullying – regardless of method or motivation – was unacceptable.

A statement said: “The disruption and distress caused by bullying can be very damaging… whether harm was intended or not.

“This applies to teachers as well as pupils.

“Clearly if teachers are being bullied or victimised this will affect their ability to teach to the best of their ability.”

The DfE added that it was the responsibility of schools to implement policies to ensure that cyberbullying against teachers was clamped down on.

No-one from the National Union of Teachers was available to comment on Prof Phippen’s report.

A helpline has been set up to help teachers facing cyberbullying at the online website Safer Internet.

I think this post on the BBC website proves that Bullying is not only confined to children. 

Tring AntiBullying is an initiative of Tring Martial Arts

Online Safety – keep your kids safe online

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Content from – http://www.kidscape.org.uk/cyberbullying/  

Stories about cyber bullying, online safety, or more specifically online danger, are hard to avoid. The Internet and new communications technology, like all environments and media, can be used and abused. Thankfully the positive aspects far outweigh the negative – however you can take a few simple steps to help make your childs’ online experience as safe as possible and protect them from cyber bullying

  • Encourage them to tell you if they come across any sites that could cause offence or pose some kind of danger
  • If you do catch them on a site that you think is unsuitable, don’t assume that they made the choice to go there. It’s not that hard for a determined webmaster to “disguise” a web-site to catch innocent visitors.
  • If you feel unsure about the technology, why not try an IT or Internet evening course somewhere? Have a look at LearnDirect or the online BBC Webwise site.
  • There are a number of useful guidelines available from our Downloads section.
  • Look in the Help menu of your browser for Security – you can, to a certain extent, restrict what sites and downloads your children can access.

Rather than go into great detail here, there are a number of useful sites and resources that will give you more specific and detailed advice

You can also report incidents of abusive emails and inappropriate sites to your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Each ISP should have an Acceptable Usage Policy (AUP), outlining their responsibilities to customers, as well as terms and conditions for people holding accounts with them. Tring Anti Bullying is an initiative of Tring Martial Arts, let’s put a stop to bullying!!!