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Do Now #33: Cyberbullying

| May 26, 2012 | 38 Comments
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We have all met bullies face to face – but what about online? Do you feel safe online? And how can you protect yourself from online bullies?

Introduction

More than half of American teens are concerned about online safety and know someone their age who has been by cyberbullied. Nearly a third have been targets themselves.
The issue is in the national spotlight as Rutgers University student, Dharun Ravi, is convicted of a “bias crime” for spying on his gay roommate Tyler Clementi (18), using a webcam to record him kissing another man, and then urging fellow students to view the images. Clementi committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. Ravi, convicted of “bias intimidation and invasion of privacy,” has now been sentenced to 30 days in jail, far less than the maximum of 10 years.
There are a number of issues here. It has been argued that technology and social networks have increased the incidence of cyberbullying and the exposure of children and teens to harassment, sexual predators and bullies. This concern had led to initiatives such as legislation proposed in California (SB242) to enact privacy policies and practices for social networking sites.

In terms of the cyber-bullies themselves, lawmakers in at least five states, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine and New York, aim to introduce stronger penalties for the types of digital bullying that led students in several states to commit suicide. North Carolina criminalized cyber-bullying in 2009 to, making it a misdemeanor for youths under 18.

But can privacy policies and penalties introduced by legislation, sufficiently protect victims of cyber-bullying? Are there strategies that parents and young people can work on together to prevent, stop or report cyber-bullying? And how can schools and teachers address bullying by adopting policies and making sure they work?

Resources



PBS NewsHour segment Why Rutgers Webcam Case Gleaned National Attention
– May 21, 2012
Former Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi was sentenced to 30 days in prison for using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate, who later jumped to his death from a bridge. Jeffrey Brown and The New York Times’ Kate Zernike discuss the ruling and its implications.


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More Resources

KQED Education’s How Cyber-Bullying Happens and How to Stop It
Try out the activities in this lesson on cyberbullying.

KQED MindShift resources on Cyberbullying
How Well Are Schools Teaching Cyber Safety and Ethics?
5 Apps That Could Help to Stop Cyber-bullying

 

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Maxine Einhorn is from London and has lived in the Bay Area for 12 years. She has worked in adult education in London,UK, for over twenty years as a tenured instructor and department manager. She has an MA in Film and TV from University of London and has taught, moderated and appraised academic work in film studies and media literacy at undergraduate and college level. She runs the ESL/ Post Secondary project at KQED which offers media-rich resources for and created by ESL educators.
  • Nancy

    I worry for my students that they cannot protect themselves. They don’t have the “thick skins” of adults to realize that “words can never hurt me.”

  • Nancy

    I worry for my students that they cannot protect themselves. They don’t have the “thick skins” of adults to realize that “words can never hurt me.”

  • Ethan

    Very unfortunate, and although it may not have entirely been Ravi’s fault, acts like these should not be condoned and he should be punished for his actions.

  • Ethan

    Very unfortunate, and although it may not have entirely been Ravi’s fault, acts like these should not be condoned and he should be punished for his actions.

  • Elizabeth Shown

    It’s just sad to know that there are people in the world that do not know any better.

  • Elizabeth Shown

    It’s just sad to know that there are people in the world that do not know any better.

  • Lucy

    Yes I feel safe from online bullying. I’ve never been cyber bullied so I think that explains why.

  • Lucy

    Yes I feel safe from online bullying. I’ve never been cyber bullied so I think that explains why.

  • michael nolette

    yo i dont agree with that bullying

  • michael nolette

    yo i dont agree with that bullying

  • Crysta

    It is wrong that things like this are happening. If people would keep their thoughts to themselves, none of this would be an issue and thousands, millions of lives would be saved. This is murder and it was charged with 30 days in jail, not even a prison. This is unlawful and wrong. Things need to change.

  • Crysta

    It is wrong that things like this are happening. If people would keep their thoughts to themselves, none of this would be an issue and thousands, millions of lives would be saved. This is murder and it was charged with 30 days in jail, not even a prison. This is unlawful and wrong. Things need to change.

  • Brianna Frias

    I feel safe from cyber bullying. There is nothing I am ashamed about, and I know that I am safe from all forms of bullying as long as I love MYSELF for who I am.

  • Brianna Frias

    I feel safe from cyber bullying. There is nothing I am ashamed about, and I know that I am safe from all forms of bullying as long as I love MYSELF for who I am.

  • Emily Owens

    He should have got a longer sentence. People tend to forget that words, even typed up online have a huge negative affect on people. Hiding behind a computer screen is just showing how much of a coward you are. If you can’t say it to their face, you shouldn’t say it online.

  • Emily Owens

    He should have got a longer sentence. People tend to forget that words, even typed up online have a huge negative affect on people. Hiding behind a computer screen is just showing how much of a coward you are. If you can’t say it to their face, you shouldn’t say it online.

  • Maria Silva

    I think that a person shouldn’t bully but sadly there are a lot of people that for some reason have to feel that they are better than others. I have gone to pretty great schools my life so I have never been exposed to cyber bullying or any form of bullying and I feel so lucky after listening to how hard it was for some people and I hope that everybody knows that nobody is like them and everybody is special no matter what bullys say.

  • Maria Silva

    I think that a person shouldn’t bully but sadly there are a lot of people that for some reason have to feel that they are better than others. I have gone to pretty great schools my life so I have never been exposed to cyber bullying or any form of bullying and I feel so lucky after listening to how hard it was for some people and I hope that everybody knows that nobody is like them and everybody is special no matter what bullys say.

  • Josie

    I feel like he should be punished for his actions but I feel spending time in jail wont improve his character, I feel that he should have to right his wrong by doing more to help other students who suffer from bullying.

  • Josie

    I feel like he should be punished for his actions but I feel spending time in jail wont improve his character, I feel that he should have to right his wrong by doing more to help other students who suffer from bullying.

  • Dante Gonzalez

    I feel save when I’m on the internet and I when I go on websites I don’t post anything on them.

  • Dante Gonzalez

    I feel save when I’m on the internet and I when I go on websites I don’t post anything on them.

  • Kimberly Ferry

    Instead of jail, he needs to give back the the community and educate others about bullying. He needs to use his to experience to help show what can be the result of bullying and how much it can really affect people.

  • Kimberly Ferry

    Instead of jail, he needs to give back the the community and educate others about bullying. He needs to use his to experience to help show what can be the result of bullying and how much it can really affect people.

  • Thomas Bouwer

    Sometimes, people just need to get a slap to the face. This guy deserved that, except instead of a slap, he should be hit with a morning-star. Also, 30 days? He basically killed a man! That’s just awful. He should, at minimum, be put in prison for 10 years.

  • Thomas Bouwer

    Sometimes, people just need to get a slap to the face. This guy deserved that, except instead of a slap, he should be hit with a morning-star. Also, 30 days? He basically killed a man! That’s just awful. He should, at minimum, be put in prison for 10 years.

  • Dallas Uhrenholt

    I have never been cyber bullied, I feel perfectly safe online, and I’ve never felt he need to protect myself online.

  • Dallas Uhrenholt

    I have never been cyber bullied, I feel perfectly safe online, and I’ve never felt he need to protect myself online.

  • Ariel

    Ravi may not have been fully responsible for Tyler’s death, but he did play a role in it. Anyone who makes a person feel so much pain that they choose to end their own lives deserves a much harsher punishment than what Ravi was sentenced to.

  • Ariel

    Ravi may not have been fully responsible for Tyler’s death, but he did play a role in it. Anyone who makes a person feel so much pain that they choose to end their own lives deserves a much harsher punishment than what Ravi was sentenced to.

  • Gage

    Cyber bullying will always be a hard problem to stop. Even if you delete something on the internet it can still be found and used against you. If you think it is ok to spy on someones private life and post it on a common media source, its not. No matter how they take the bullying, shown or not, it can still affect and hurt them.

  • Gage

    Cyber bullying will always be a hard problem to stop. Even if you delete something on the internet it can still be found and used against you. If you think it is ok to spy on someones private life and post it on a common media source, its not. No matter how they take the bullying, shown or not, it can still affect and hurt them.

  • Ngozi Okaru

    The fact that there are people that get away with cyberbullying is sad. No matter what a person puts on the internet, whether they think its funny or it is meant to hurt others (like in this case), that is one life that has been lost and can’t be brought back.

  • Ngozi Okaru

    The fact that there are people that get away with cyberbullying is sad. No matter what a person puts on the internet, whether they think its funny or it is meant to hurt others (like in this case), that is one life that has been lost and can’t be brought back.

  • Khalani Runnels

    i think cyber bullying is bad because a person is be made fun of and the person bullying is probably being bully to at home

  • Khalani Runnels

    i think cyber bullying is bad because a person is be made fun of and the person bullying is probably being bully to at home

  • elajah brown

    thats hekka scandalous#kqeddonow #twitter

  • elajah brown

    thats hekka scandalous#kqeddonow #twitter