What is Cyberbullying?
What are three tips to help stop cyberbullying or to prevent it from happening again?
What idea about school shooters did the analysis of forensic psychologists McGee and Debemardo help to popularize?
What are the cyberbullies' "weapons of choice?"
What are four steps regarding how to fight back against cyberbullies?
What might tempt bullies to new levels of cruelty?
What percentage of kids between the ages of 10 and 14 have been involved in cyberbullying?
What troubling questions does the Taft High School case raise?
According to Stover, what are students targeted by cyberbullies more likely to do?
Why are some students reluctant to tell adults about the anxiety they endure at the hands of cyber enemies?
A. 1. Stay cool 2. Keep a log 3. Be prepared 4. Notify the school
B. Cyberbullies’ weapons of choice are e-mail, cellphones that can send text messages, and instant-messaging programs that allow users to chat electronically in real time.
C. The analysis popularized the idea that school shooters are awkward adolescents who had past histories of bully victimization and social isolation.
D. 1. Don’t engage the person 2. Print everything out. 3. Change your screen name.
E. When someone repeatedly makes fun of another person online or repeatedly picks on another person through email or text message or when someone posts something online about another person that they don’t like.
F. Up to 80 percent of kids between the ages of 10 and 14 have been involved in cyberbullying directly or indirectly.
G. The lack of face-to-face contact might tempt bullies to new levels of cruelty. On the playground, seeing the stress and pain of the victim face-to-face can act as an inhibitor to some degree. In cyberspace, where there is no visual contact, you get more extreme behaviour.
H. Students targeted by cyberbullies are more likely to skip school, have declining academic performance, and be depressed. Cyberbullying has the potential to leave a child miserable and discourage attending school, possibly resulting in declining academic performance, or even suicide.
I. The case raises these troubling questions: If a student sends offensive material from his bedroom computer, what right do school authorities have to intervene? And on a purely practical level, is it possible to nab bullies and mischief-makers in the miasma of cyberspace?
J. Some students are reluctant to tell adults about cyberbullies because they fear that parents may overreact by taking away their computer, Internet access, or cell phone. Many teenagers are unwilling to risk having their parents choose such extreme forms of protection because, without technology tools, they would feel socially isolated and less able to stay in immediate contact with their friends.