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Effects of Cyber bullying


Research on cyber bullying has found that students involved are more likely to:


  • Be unwilling to attend school
  • Receive poor grades
  • Have lower self-esteem
  • Have more health problems


Cyber bullying can have particular affects on those who are targeted.  Research has found that young people who have cyber bullied are significantly more likely to:


  • Use alcohol and drugs
  • Skip school
  • Experience in-person bullying or vicitimization.


Check out these web sites for more information:


PacerTeensAgainstBullying.org

Pacer.Org

StopBullying.gov


STOP BULLYING NOW!!


CYBER bullying:


Cyber bullying, instead of happening face-to-face, happens through the use of technology such as computers, cell phones and other electronic devices.  Cyber bullying peaks around the end of middle school and the beginning of high school.


Examples of cyber bullying include:


  • Sending hurtful, rude, or mean texts messages to others
  • Spreading rumors or lies about others by e-mail or on social networks
  • Creating web sites, videos or social media profiles that embarrass, humiliate, or make fun of others.  


Bullying online is very different from face-to-face bullying because messages and images can be:


  • Sent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • Shared to a very wide audience
  • Sent anonymously


Types of bullying


Bullying can take many forms.  Examples include:


  • Verbal: name-calling, teasing
  • Social: spreading rumors, leaving people out on purpose, breaking up friendships
  • Physical: hitting, punching, shoving
  • Cyberbullying: using the internet, mobile phones or other digital technologies to harm others.  


An act of bullying may fit into one of these groups.

  INFORMATION ON BULLYING

what is bullying?


Bullying is a widespread and serious problem that can happen anywhere.  It is not a phase children have to go through, it is not "just messing around", and it is not something to grow out of. Bullying can cause serious and lasting harm.


Although definitions of bullying vary, most agree that bullying involves:


  • Imbalance of Power: people who bully use their power to control or harm and the people being bullied may have a hard time defending themselves.
  • Intent to Cause Harm: actions done by accident are not bullying; the person bullying has a goal to cause harm.
  • Repetition: incidents of bullying happen to the same person over and over by the same person or group.

 

For High School &  Middle School Students  

    

BOM411.com BOM (Boss of Me) is teens helping other teens dial down the drama in relationships.  Whether you're just kickin' it, figuring out how you feel, if you're in like or deep in love, things get complicated.  BOM can help.  BOM Ambassador's can help you deal with the trials and tribulations of being in a relationship.  


FVLC.org Family Violence Law Center.  The survivor, the warrior; strong and ready for change.  They are visionaries, creative thinkers, proactive problem solvers, and advocates for change.


HeathersVoice.net Heather's Voice includes resources and statistics aimed to educate teens about dating violence and domestic abuse.  In honor of HEather Norris, memories are shared of a life tragically taken by domestic violence.


Teen Dating Violence - Where to get help Check out a list of helplines and websites offering support and answers to your questions about teen dating and breakup violence.


BreakTheCycle.org Break the Cycle engages, educates and empowers young people to build lives and communities free from domestic and dating violence.


TeenDVMonth.org Teen dating violence prevention and awareness month is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in youth relationships and promote programs that prevent it during the month of February.


VetoViolence.cdc.gov/datingmatters Dating matters is a site that offers a free online course on teen dating violence.










ThatsNotCool.com That's not cool is a national public education campaign designed to prevent teen dating abuse.  Developed by the Family Violence Prevention Fund, in partnership with the Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women and the Advertising Council, That's Not Cool uses digital examples of controlling behavior online and by cell phone to encourage teens to draw their own line about what is, or is not, acceptable relationship behavior.  


StartStrong.FuturesWithoutViolence.org Start Strong is the largest initiative ever funded to target 11-14 year olds and rally entire communities to promote healthy relationships as the way to prevent teen dating violence and abuse.  

LoveIsRespect.org provides resources for teens, parents, friends and family, peer advocates, government officials, law enforcement, and the general public.  All communication is confidential and anonymous.  A National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline is a national 24-hour resource that can be accessed by phone or the internet, specifically designed for teens and young adults.  The Helpline and loveisrespect.org offer real-time one-on-one support from trained Peer Advocates.  Managed by the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH), loveisrespect, National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline operates from a call center in Austin, Texas.


PeaceOverViolence.org Peace Over Violence is a non-profit, feminist, multicultural, volunteer organization dedicated to a building healthy relationships, families and communities free from sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence.  2011 marks 40 years of social service and commitment to social change.


YouthOverViolence.org  Peace Over Violence's Youth Over Violence website features prevention tips, digital stories, forums, information for educators and information about POV's various prevention projects/campaigns, as well as videos, poetry and art.









DateSafeProject.org Provides positive how-to skills and helpful insights for addressing verbal consent (asking first), respecting of boundaries, sexual decision-making, bystander intervention, and supporting survivors.


AThinLine.org MTV's A Thin Line campaign was developed to empower teens to identify, respond to, and stop the spread of digital abuse in your life and amongst your peers.  The campaign is built on the understanding that there's a "thin line" between what may begin as a harmless joke and something that could end up having a serious impact on you or someone else.  


LoveIsNotAbuse.com Through the Love is Not Abuse program, Liz Claiborne, Inc. provides information and tools that men, women, children, teens, and corporate executives can use to learn more about the issue and find out how they can help end this epidemic of domestic violence.

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Sexting: What is it?

Sending or forwarding nude, sexually suggestive, or explicit pictures on your cell or online.  For some people, it's no big deal.  But real problems can emerge when the parties involved are under 18, when people get pressured into sexting, and when sexts go viral.

Information on teen dating violence


What's Teen Dating Violence?

Teen dating violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner.


Dating Abuse (or relationship abuse): A pattern of controlling behavior that someone uses against a girlfriend or a boyfriend.  The core of dating abuse is power and control.


What Does Dating Violence Look Like?

Teens and young adults experience the same types of abuse in relationships as adults do.  This can include:


  • Physical Abuse: any intentional use of physical force with the intent to cause fear or injury, like hitting, shoving, biting, strangling, kicking or using a weapon.
  • Emotional Abuse: non-physical behaviors such as threats, insults, constant monitoring, humiliation, intimidation, isolation or stalking.
  • Sexual Abuse: any action that impacts a person's ability to control their sexual activity or the circumstances in which sexual activity occurs, including rape, coercion or restricting access to birth control.

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