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Cyber-Bullying....It's Still Personal!

by Wanda Taylor

Cyber-Bullying is Very Personal!

Cyber-Bullying has been described as "using computers, cell phones, and other technologies to hurt, scare, or embarrass other people."  It can be overt or it can be extremely subtle to others, though very personal to the victim.

According to BullyingStatics.org, there is a very strong link between bullying and suicide.  "Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC.  For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts.  Over 14% of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7% have attempted it. 10 to 14 year old girls may be at an even higher risk for suicide.  And, according to ABC News, 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying."

What are the symptoms?

  • Giving away personal items and saying goodbye to people.
  • Expressing that they "can't take it anymore".
  • Showing signs of depression, changes in sleep or eating habits, and withdrawal.
  • Excessively looking, and getting upset over, internet posts.
  • Excessive crying or a complete lack of emotion.

What can you do about Cyber-Bullying?

Start by understanding the technology tools that your children use.  Become familiar with how often they use them and how they gain access to them.  Pay attention to what they are saying or not saying.  To do this, you might need to slow your life down enough to engage with your children in ways that promote communication.  Discuss bullying and cyber-bullying.  Make sure that you explain the dangers of the internet.  Be clear with them that they do not ever know who they are actually engaging with in their chats, email, etc.  Just as you would teach them to go to an adult or an adult authority if they were physically being threatened, teach them that the same holds true on the internet.  Take all threats seriously - better to be safe than sorry. Talk to the school and district about their cyber and campus policies about bullying and safety.  And, most important, ASK THEM if it is happening to them or someone they know.

Plenty of Resources to Guide You:

Here are a few links to get you started:

What are we doing at Emagine-Nation.com about Cyber-Bullying?

First, we are an educational resource site for parents, educators, and kids.  Secondly, we take any type of predators seriously and have spent 7 years designing safe browsing and searching, as well as creating very strict social networking features.  We encourage collaboration and engagement within a safe and secure browser and virtual world.

Won't you help us complete this mission...

We would appreciate a donation to help us with this mission.  If you want to see what we're all about, please check out our campaign at http://campaign.emagine-nation.com.  We hope that you will get involved by donating.  In addition, we would appreciate it if you would share this post, our campaign, and our site to stimulate the conversation and education about this topic and others because "it's still very personal."

 

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Wanda Taylor, MCC, is the CEO and creative designer of Emagine-Nation.com. With over 23 years of experience in the world of learning, education, psychology, and technology, Wanda knows the value of curiosity, imagination, and discovery learning.  Follow Wanda and see why she believes that Emagine-Nation changes everything!

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