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4/20/2010
Cyberbullying Statistics
How common is cyberbullying? Research shows that almost one in four children between the ages of 11 and 19 have been the victim of cyberbullying. The same research shows that approximately 65 percent of kids know of someone who has been cyberbullied. The statistics are frightening:    *18% of students in grades 6-8 said they had been cyberbullied at least once in the last couple of months; and 6% said it had happened to them 2 or more times (Kowalski et al., 2005);     *11% of students in grades 6-8 said they had cyberbullied another person at least once in the last couple of months and 2% said they had done it two or more times (Kowalski et al., 2005);     *19% of regular Internet users between the ages of 10 and 17 reported being involved in online aggression; 15% had been aggressors, and 7% had been targets; 3% were both aggressors and targets (Ybarra & Mitchell, 2004);    *17% of 6-11 year olds and 36% of 12-17 year olds reported that someone said threatening or embarrassing things about them in e-mails, instant messages, web sites, chat rooms or text messages (Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, 2006);   *Cyberbullying has increased dramatically in recent years. ...
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4/20/2010
Ways to Prevent and Stop CYBER Bullying
Talk to your child Caution them about responding "in kind." This is not a time for them to lash out or start a cyberwar themselves. See if they think they know the identity of the cyberbully or cyberbullies. See if this is related to an offline bullying situation, and deal with that quickly. And don't confuse the language most kids use online with cyberbullying. It may be shocking to us, but unless it is shocking to your child, it's not cyberbullying. Ignore it A one time, seemingly unthreatening act, like a prank or mild teasing should probably be ignored. (If it's a threat, you must report it.) At the same time, you may want to consider using some preventive measures: Restrict the people who can send you communications Consider restricting all incoming communications to pre-approved senders, such as those on your child's buddy list. (If the cyberbully is someone on their buddy list, though, this method won't help. In that case the cyberbully will have to be removed from the buddy list and/or blocked.) Restrict others from being able to add your child to their buddy list Cyberbullies track when your child is online by using buddy lists, and similar ...
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4/20/2010
When and How to Talk to the Parent of a Child Who is Bullying Yours
There is not a manual for how to handle conflict between your child and another. Although we should not interfere with every argument or minor conflict, there may be times when contacting the other parent is necessary. It's about knowing when and how to approach the other parent. While some may welcome the conversation, some will become angry and/or offended. This is a general guide as to when and how to approach the other parent. Bullying is a big problem, not only at school but at the community park. Anti-bullying laws may be in schools to help protect your child but outside of school, going to the parent is a must. Bullying is one of the things that can not and should not be tolerated by any means. If your child is the victim of a bully, it's almost always a good idea to enlist the help of the other parent. When the conflict turns violent. If you or your child believe that bodily harm may result, call the parents. In some cases local authorities may need be involved. This is especially true if the other child has already turned to violence. Treat threats in the same manner. This should ...
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