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Cyberbullying: New Problems, New Tactics

Bullying is an old problem that remains difficult to bring under control, in part because technology offers new ways for kids to pick on one another. Indeed, cyberbullying can extend the reach and power of some of the worst bullies, subjecting kids to taunts from beyond their own schools and neighborhoods.  
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Safety in the Age of Technology

 

The Internet can be a wonderful resource for students but that access can also pose hazards. That's why it's important to be aware of what your children see and hear on the Internet, who they meet, and what they share about themselves online. Just like any safety issue, it's wise to talk with your children about your concerns, take advantage of resources to protect them, and keep a close eye on their activities. Below are sites that offer information and resources to help in this on-going effort to stay aware and safe.

Net Cetera : Chatting with kids about being online

Safekids.com: Internet safety and civility

FBI: A parent's guide to Internet safety

Stop Bullying Now : Information for adults and youth

CyberSmart Curriculum: Curriculum to empower students to use the Internet safely, responsibly, and effectively.

NetSmartz: Educating, engaging and empowering students with information about safety using the Internet.

CyberBullying: CTAP Region 4 guide and ideas

Thinkfinity: Anti-Bullying: Bullying has negative effects on everyone. Learn ways to increase awareness and prevent incidents.

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What is Bullying?

Bullying is defined as the deliberate antagonistic action or the creation of a situation with the intent of inflicting emotional, physical, or psychological distress.  The behavior may be a single or repeated act and may be electronic, verbal, physical, psychological, sexual, social, or indirect.   Bullying seeks to secure or maintain an imbalance of power between the perpetrator(s) and the target(s) and has a reasonable likelihood of emotional, physical or psychological harm.  The harmful effects of bullying may be exacerbated by the interaction of frequency, pervasiveness, and severity of the behavior(s), in addition to the power differential between the perpetrator(s) and target(s).

Hazing is defined as any method of initiation, pre-initiation, or rite of passage associated with actual or desired membership in a student organization or student body, whether or not the organization or body is officially recognized by an educational institution, which is likely to cause serious bodily, injury, personal degradation or disgrace that result in physical or psychological harm.  Hazing typically, but not exclusively, involves newer members showing subservience to existing members and shall be reported to the administrator of the school and/or advisor of that student body activity (Ed. Code 48900(q).

Types of Bullying:  Bullying can be manifested in a variety of forms that include, but are not limited to, the following:

Cyber-Bullying, Electronic Bullying, or Sexting:     Use of electronic communication technology to embarrass, humiliate, spread rumors, threaten ot intimidate.  Sending sexually explicit images, even consensually, may be considered as distribution of child pornography which is a felony.  In such instances, schools should contact the Office of Human Relations, Diversity and Equity, School Operations at (213) 241-5337 or the Los Angeles School Police Department at (213) 625-6631.  (Ed. Code 48900(r).

Verbal Bullying:  Hurtful gossiping, making rude noises, making threats, name-calling, spreading rumors, or teasing to cause emotional or psychological harm.

Physical Bullying:  The intentional act of beating, biting, fighting, hitting, kicking, poking, punching, pushing, shoving, spitting, or tripping to cause or attempt to cause physical discomfort, injury, or pain.

Emotional, Psychological, Relational or Social Bullying: The act of blackmailing, defaming, extorting, humiliating, intimidating, isolating, manipulating friendships, ostracizing, rating or ranking personal characteristics, rejecting, terrorizing, or using

Sexualized Bullying:  Unwanted or demeaning conduct or comments directed at or about an individual on the basis of actual or perceived gender, sex, sexual behavior, sexual orientation, or other related personal characteristics, with the intention to humiliate (California Ed Code 201 (b-c).).  Anti-gay and sexist epithets are forms of sexualized bullying.  Sexualized bullying should also be evaluated by the guidelines of the Sexual Harassment Policy LAUSD BUL-3349.0 or the Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students-REF-1557.

Racial Bullying:  Bias based on ancestry, culture, ethnicity, language, nationality, race, religion, or skin color.  Intergroup conflict may occur within or between socially constructed subgroups, such as between first- and second-generations of the same ethnic group.  Bullying that targets ancestry, culture, ethnicity, language, nationality, race, religion, or skin color may be symptomatic of a larger problem of intergroup conflict, requiring systemic interventions.  Schools are encouraged to consult with the Office of Human Relations, Diversity and Equity regarding racial, ethnic sexualized or religious bullying.  The behavior may often warrant the filing of a separate Hate Related Incident/Criminal Report, please refer to LAUSD Bul-2047.0 "Responding to and Reporting Hate-Motivated Incidents and Crimes."

Disability Bullying:  The act of treating someone negatively because of actual or perceived disability.  Disability bullying should also be evaluated by the guidelines of District policy bulletin. "Section 504 and Students/Other Individuals with Disabilities." Schools are encouraged to consult with th Educational Equity Office or Human Relations, Diversity and Equity, School Operation regarding disability bullying.

NonVerbal Bullying:  The use of gestures, leering, posting threatening graffiti or graphic images, posturing, stalking, staring, or property destruction to demean, distress, or frighten.

Indirect Bullying:  The use of intimidationto cause physical or psychological harm on a third party.  A person who engages in indirect bullying is sometimes referred to as the "instigator" or "shot caller."

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Blogs, Bulletin Boards and Bullying
Watch this video to learn how to talk to your children about the dangers of posting personal information online and the effect of cyberbullying on others. 

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Use these Internet Safety Pledges from Netsmartz to promote safety discussions and create safer boundaries for computer use at home. 

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It's well worth watching the lengthy introduction to view the great examples of cyberbullying that kids experience. 

Study Tips

Children need good study skills in order to complete assignments successfully and gain the most from them academically. Below is a list of study skills middle school students should use as they prepare for high school. 

1.  Setting a regular time to study that fits in with the student's family schedule

 

2.  Removing distractions (turning off the television and discouraging social phone calls during homework time)

 

3.  Gathering necessary supplies

 

4.  Recording assignments in an assignment book or on a calendar

 

5.  Note-taking; managing time

 

6. Organizing for a test.         

 

Students need to review these study skills in middle school to be prepared for high school.