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Social Media and Cyberbullying

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According to Cox Communications and the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 93% of youth in the U.S. are online and 73% have a cell phone. For the current generation of teens, IM-ing, text messaging, social networking and tweeting are a vital means of self-expression and a central part of their social lives.  "Cyberbullying" is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones...Cyberbullying is usually not a one time communication, unless it involves a death threat or a credible threat of serious bodily harm.




Standing up, Not Standing By: A Free Cyberbullying Toolkit for Educators from Common Sense Media. 


Cyber Savvy Schools Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use.


CyberSmart! Student Curriculum CyberSmart! fosters 21st century skills to increase student engagement and prepare students to achieve in today's digital society.

Focused on 21st century skills, standards-based lessons are aligned with national and state technology and information literacy standards. CyberSmart! prepares students to use the Internet for communication, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving—the new basic skills for 21st century learning.


Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use (CSRIU) This site hopes to mobilize educators, parents, students, and others to combat online social aggression. Cyberbullying is sending or posting harmful or cruel text or images using the Internet or other digital communication devices. Cyberbullying is emerging as one of the more challenging issues facing educators and parents as young people embrace the Internet and other mobile communication technologies.


WiredKids.org has many online safety games for younger children. And the first overall Internet safety video for families is now available without charge online by Wired Kids through its sponsors. Wired Kids is very selective in choosing its sponsors and strategic partners. Wired Kids' supporters include such trusted names as Disney, Johnson & Johnson, NEC Foundation, AOL/Time Warner Foundation, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, AOL, Nickelodeon, and Marvel, among others.


iKeepSafe Internet Safety Coalition The Internet Keep Safe Coalition is a broad partnership of governors and/or first spouses, attorneys general, public health and educational professionals, law enforcement, and industry leaders working together for the health and safety of youth online. iKeepSafe® uses these unique partnerships to disseminate safety resources to families worldwide.


Stop Cyberbullying from WiredKids.org. Cyberbullying: what is it? how it works; why cyberbully? prevention; take action; what's the law?


Cyberbullying Resource Center dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents.  Cyberbullying can be defined as "willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices." The Cyberbullying Research Center is directed by Dr. Sameer Hinduja (Florida Atlantic University) and Dr. Justin Patchin (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire). 


Anti-Defamation League Provides information on in-school workshops and tips for responding to cyberbullying.


Cyber Security for the Digital District As students become sophisticated users of technology, it is also clear that schools need to provide guidance and procedures to ensure the safety of students and staff online. This site will provide information for education leaders as they address online security.


National Crime Prevention Council's Cyberbullying Pages Dedicated to keeping children, families and communities safe from crime, NCPC offers research, information, tips and public service announcements on cyberbullying.


Internet Safety Video & Guide The Internet Safety Video & Guide: What You Don't Know Can Hurt Your Child was created by the North Carolina Department of Justice. The video illustrates some of the potential dangers found through the Internet and gives advice to parents and educators on safety. A printed resource guide offers details on what to do and where to go for help.


i-SAFE Inc. is a leading publisher of media literacy and digital citizenship education materials and programming with worldwide distribution channels.


Kids' Internet Safety Alliance (KINSA) The Kids' Internet Safety Alliance (KINSA) was established as an aggressive and proactive response to the negative aspects of the Internet that harm young people. While addressing this grave social problem, KINSA also acknowledges and celebrates the positive, creative and inspiring ways children and youth are using the Internet.


Netsmartz Workshop form the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Information about a variety of Social Media. NetSmartz offers multimedia Internet safety presentations tailored for specific audiences – parents and communities, tweens, teens, and younger children. Free downlaods including video.


WEB|WISE|KIDS Web Wise Kids is a unique organization that offers fun, challenging and interactive simulations based on real-life criminal cases—MISSING, Mirror Image and Airdogs. Each program has been designed specifically for use with young people in classrooms and computer labs and is guaranteed to be easy to use and flexible with your classroom schedule


OnGuard Online Provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help guard
against Internet fraud, secure computers and protect personal information


Glossary of Cyberbullying Terms  PDF download


Internet Safety Tips from the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.


Network Query Tool to identify IP address of abusive users


That's Not Cool  a national public education campaign that uses digital examples of controlling, pressuring and threatening behavior to raise awareness about and prevent teen dating abuse. Sponsored and co-created by the Family Violence Prevention Fund, the Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women, and the Advertising Council.


Cyberbullying 411  by Internet Solutions for Kids.  Resources for youth who have questions about or have been targeted by online harassment.


CyberBullyHelp: Bullying in the Digital Age Curriculum resources, training, presentations and a blog for teachers and parents


iKeepSafe.org  The Internet Keep Safe Coalition is a broad partnership of governors and/or first spouses, attorneys general, public health and educational professionals, law enforcement, and industry leaders working together for the health and safety of youth online. 


Lesson Plans

Media Awareness Network Classroom Resources to Counter Cyber Bullying, Lessons on Cyberbullying for Grades 5-12.


National School Board Association and Cybersmart Cyberbullying Package.


Seattle Public Schools Prevention-Intervention Services. Middle School Cyberbullying Curriculum.



Sticks & Stones. 43 min. Chase Wilson, 2009
Funded by the office of the Bergen County Prosecutor with money seized from criminals, this
film stars actual high school students from NJ. It tells the story of a teen who is driven to
suicide after a compromising picture he thought was private is sent out for everyone to see.
The film is accompanied by a comprehensive Teacher s Guide. (HS)


Clicking with Caution. Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, 2010.
Created in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, the Mayor s Office of
the Criminal Justice Coordinator and Microsoft, this four-part Internet safety video created by
youth for youth raises awareness of Internet risks and teaches preventive measures. Featuring
introductions by Gossip Girl star Jessica Szohr, the DVD contains two narrative pieces and two
documentaries that explore online sexual predators, cyberbullying, maintaining anonymity and
online gaming. (HS)


Cyberbullying and Suicide. Patchin, Justin W. and Hinduja, Sameer. 2009. Cyberbullying Research Center.



Other Resources - Books on a variety of bullying topics for children, middle readers and young adults coordinated by the Massachusetts School Library Association along with the Massachusetts Reading Association.


Understanding Violence book by Dr. Elizabeth Kandel Englander renowned expert in the field
of violence and cyber bullying http://elizabethenglander.com/


Bullying Beyond the schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbulling - Hinduja and Patchin
Focusing on how technology can facilitate or magnify bullying behavior, this resource provides proactive strategies, current research, and legal rulings to protect students from cyberbullying.

Cyber-bullying : issues and solutions for the school, the classroom and the home - Shaheen Shariff
Contents include: Cyberspace : battleground or opportunity? -- Profile of traditional and cyber-bullying -- A transnational snapshot -- The role of gender : biological and environmental influences -- Controlling kids' spaces -- Stakeholder power -- Balancing free expression : privacy and safety in cyberspace -- Harmonious solutions.

Cyber bullying : protecting kids and adults from online bullies by Samuel C. McQuade III, James P. Colt, Nancy B.B. Meyer
Contents include: What is cyber bullying? -- Prominent examples of modern bullying and cyber bullying-- Common aspects of modern bullying cases -- Growing up with information technology (IT) -- Technology-enabled generation shift and the onset of social computing -- Digital youth culture -- Harmful aspects of digital youth culture -- Contemplating the future -- and more.

Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats
by Nancy E. Willard

Responding to the challenge of online social agression, threats and distress. (Book description from publisher.)

Net Cetera: Chatting With Kids About Being Online
by OnGuardOnline
Practical tips from the federal government and the technology community to help you guard against internet fraud, secure your computers and protect your privacy. (Book description from publisher.)

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