Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites. Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.
Cyberbullying has become a growing issue for schools. It is extremely difficult for schools to address a cyberbullying case due to the bullying happening off of school property, during non-school hours, and that it is happening on the student’s personal property. School’s can help so much in regards of cyberbullying, but Yutan Elementary addresses cyberbullying through weekly classroom guidance lessons along with teaching students about digital citizenship and their digital footprint in computer class.
Parents can contribute greatly to cyberbullying cases, but due to growing technology it makes it difficult to keep up with the different applications, texting apps, and games. I have asked our sixth grade class to come up with as many different social media outlets where they can communicate with other people. Between the two classes they were able to come up with more than 70 different social media outlets!! I have listed the most popular ones that were named along with a short description of what each of them do. In the area of technology knowledge is power, so this is meant for parents to become knowledgeable about the Internet access that their students may have. This is list is in effort for keep cyber bullying cases minimal at Yutan Elementary.
- Kik- You can get ahold of anyone by a simple search, you don’t need his or her phone number for this application. You can also join group messages.
- Texting on Nintendo DS
- Text Now- You need to have someone’s number to be able to text a person for this application.
- Text Me
- Rainbow Text
Instagram- Instagram is a fast way to share your life with other people. You can take a picture or video, choose a filter to make it look they way you want it to then post to Instagram — it's that easy. You can share to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and more.
Twitter- Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read "tweets", which are text messages limited to 140 characters. Registered users can read and post tweets, but unregistered users can only read them.
Snapchat- Snapchat is an application, users can take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and send them to anyone else who has snapchat and knows their phone number. These sent photographs and videos are known as "Snaps". Users set a time limit for how long recipients can view their Snaps. Snapchat will own all pictures that are sent through the application, so the photos are never deleted. This is a common misconception of the application.
Imessage- Imessage is an instant messenger service developed by Apple. This application is available on all Apple products.
Talking Angela- Talking Angela is a cartoon cat who hangs out in a Parisian cafe. Angela repeats what the user says and interacts when the user taps or swipes across the screen.
**The feature that's raising fears is the ability for Angela to text-chat with users, which is only activated when the child mode is turned off. A message that started circulating on Facebook warned parents that the children's app Talking Angela is really a front for pedophiles.
Facetime- FaceTime is an Apple application that allows you to call, chat, and share your thoughts with any of your friends, as long as both you and the person you're calling have any of the Apple products that support FaceTime. You can see your friend in a video chat no matter how many miles apart you are
Ask FM- Ask.fm is a social-networking website where users can ask other users questions, with the option of anonymity. Between 2012 and 2014, the site became associated with numerous instances of cyberbullying some of which led to suicides, particularly in teens
Flickr- Flickr (stylized as flickr and pronounced "flicker") is an image and video hosting website. In addition to being a popular website for users to share personal photographs, and effectively an online community the service is widely used by photo researchers and by bloggers to host images that they embed in blogs and social media.
InstaChat- Insta-Chat APP is a premium chat client for Instagram users. You can find out who is online and meet people.
Skype- You can make internet calls for free and online calls to phones and mobiles through Skype. You can also have a chat room with another person or have multiple chats at once.
Tumblr- Post anything, customize everything, and find and follow interests. Traditionally this application was used to just post pictures, but now you are able to chat with others and people are able to see where you are when you post something (i.e. city, state)
Pinterest- Pinterest is a visual discovery tool that you can use to find ideas for all your projects and interests. You are capable to writing a short discription of your pin and send it to someone else as well.
Zing- Zing is a free chat and information sharing application. You are able to join group chats and find other people to get in contact with them.
Tinder- Tinder is a dating app where potential dates connect with each other using profiles with limited information - typically just a few pictures, first name and how close geographically that person is to you. How people can get ahold of you is by being in the same cell phone range as you, then heart the person and if they heart you back you are able to chat.
Hot or Not- Hot or Not began as a rating site that allowed users to rate the attractiveness of photos submitted voluntarily by others. The site offers a matchmaking engine called 'Meet Me' and an extended profile feature called "Hotlists". 'Hot or Not' was a significant influence on the people who went on to create the social media sites Facebook and YouTube.
Facebook- Facebook is the world's most popular social networking website. It makes it easy for you to connect and share with your family and friends online.
Vine- Vine is a mobile app owned by Twitter that enables its users to create and post short looping video clips. Video clips created with Vine have a maximum clip length of seven seconds and can be shared to Vine's social network, or to other services such as Twitter
Youtube- YouTube is a video-sharing website. The website uses technology to display a wide variety of user-generated video content, including video clips, TV clips, and music videos, and amateur content such as video blogging, short original videos, and educational videos.
Craigslist- Craigslist is a classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sale, items wanted, services, community, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums. You are able to contact people
Most game websites allow users to talk amongst each other. Most websites require to put a birthdate in since you have to be 14 years of age or older to access most of these games. There is no way for the game website to make sure that the birthdate that is given is accurate. It is important to look into these games before allowing children to access them due to inappropriate language and content that is meant for a mature audience.
Sandbox- Sandbox Games is a blog dedicated to all games like Minecraft: Blockscape, Cube World, Mythruna. You are able to talk and share any information that you are willing to share with other players.
World of Warcraft- This is a virtual game where you are able to create your own avatar and interact with other people. In this game you are trying to seek out Wizzards but along the way you can run into other people’s avatars.
Any Type of Game Consule (Xbox, Playstation, Wii)- If they are connected to the internet, they are able to talk to anyone else who is playing that game unmonitored.
Other Games Listed:
Clash of Clans
Call of Duty
Grand Theft Auto