Cyberbullying is a serious problem. All over the country, communities and organizations are promoting awareness about cyberbullying with grassroot movements gaining momentum along with signed petitions and national support. This Saturday, April 21, in Parker, Colorado the community is coming together for a National Day of Cyberbulling Awareness, an informative event promoting the national conversation on Internet safety and cyberbullying. This free live event will be streamed live nationally at events in eight others cities and online.
According to the National Crime Prevention Council, 43% of teens reported being a victim of cyberbullying, of which only 11% told their parents or teachers they were being harassed online. The struggle to balance both freedom of speech and a persons right to privacy seems to be at the center of the discussion. Currently there are no federal laws defining cyberbullying or a standard for punishment. A number of national cases involving online harassment have ended in fatality and other serious problems, which is why people all over the country are coming together to make a difference in their community and hopefully the world.
Here are some great resources on how you and your community can get involved in the fight against cyberbulling:
- Request that children and youth sign an Internet safety pledge promising that they will not cyberbully or share their personal information
- Establish acceptable Internet use and anti-cyberbully- ing policies in school; 92 percent of teens who were cyberbullied knew their victimizers—half of those teens knew the cyberbullies from school
- Let parents know that they should establish Internet use rules for their kids, which should include tangible consequences
Law enforcement officers can:
- Stay up-to-date on cybersafety issues and law
- Learn about the technology teens use and the social networking sites that they frequent
- Find out the protocol to follow in order to contact social networking sites to have cyberbullying site pro-files removed
- Speak with students, parents, and educators about some of the dangers that are present on the Internet, and promote cybersafety
- Talk to school officials about creating an enforceable anti-cyberbullying policy on school grounds
Community leaders can:
- Organize a cybersafety forum or community discus- sion that involves students, parents, educators, local law enforcement officers, city and school officials, and local technology companies
- Sponsor an Internet safety awareness day for kids to learn about safe Internet use
- Provide information to parents, educators, and law enforcement officers about how teens use the Internet, what websites teens frequent, how to contact site moderators and ISPs if teens are cyberbullied, and when to contact law enforcement regarding a cyber- bullying situation
- Work with school technology departments to make sure that teens are being cybersafe
Everyone in your community can help raise awareness about cyberbullying and take preventive action against this ever-growing problem.
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