Cyber Bullying Prevention Program
In this age of the internet and all the benefits of
it, there is a negative side which has become prominent over the last number of years. Cyber
Bullying. Cyber bullying is a real form of bullying which can't be ignored.
Cyberbullying is quite often an extension of
traditional bullying. It can take many forms including the following:
- Sending texts or emails that are hurtful, hateful,
harassing, or threatening physical harm.
- Spreading rumors about someone in hopes to
embarrass or cause mental and perhaps physical harm.
- Sending personal or embarrassing information
including pictures of others, all with the intention of intimidating, frightening, ridiculing, or
harming someone else.
- Pretending to be someone else with the intention
of deceptive harm.
Unfortunately, cyberbullying has escalated to a
very serious level with tragic results sometimes. Victims of cyberbullying endure emotional
distress, have attempted suicide and commited suicide rather than continue to endure such
harassment and punishment. Cyber bullies have access to their victim at anytime or any place,
including at their home, by computer, video game system, or even a personal cell phone. With this
form of bullying, there is no safe haven. Bullying has been proven to stop in most cases when
exposed and dealt with by people in a position of authority, be they parents, teachers or
1.) Eighty-one percent of youth said that
others cyberbully because they think its funny.
2.) Almost 80 percent of teens said that they either did not have parental rules about
Internet use or found ways around the rules.
3.) Nearly 30 percent of teens wanted to seek revenge on those who cyberbullied them.
4.) Only 11 percent of teens talked to parents about incidents of cyberbullying.
5.) Over 70 percent of teens said that being able to block cyberbullies was the most
effective method of prevention.
Source: NCPC, National Crime Prevention Council, www.ncpc.org
Safe International can address all these topics and
offer tips and advice on how to handle someone who may be cyber bullying you, a friend, or your
students. Some of our advice includes:
- Giving people of all ages a complete understanding
of cyber bullying and when it is time to involve the police.
- How someone will cyber bully through email, texts,
and chat forums.
- How to set an appropriate profile to diminish or
eliminate the opportunity for someone to cyber bully.
- Why saving your texts/emails are valuable for the
police to trace the person sending the harrassing messages.
Here are just a few TIPS we include: Never open a
message from someone you dont know. If it doesnt look or feel right, it
probably isnt. Trust your instincts. Dont reply to messages from cyberbullies. Do not
erase or delete messages from cyberbullies. Learn what kind of information should be saved? Learn
how to report cyber bullying email. Learn how to report cyber bullying in a chat room.
In today's world, there is so much more to
personal defense than just teaching physical skills. At Safe International, we cover the whole
spectrum of self defense from psychological to physical skills.