CyberBullying: An Introduction
This introduction to CyberBullying is for Pathways students (K-12), their parents, and their teachers. Many of our students choose Pathways because they have experienced difficulty in a traditional school setting, and we take issues like bullying very seriously. We think cyber safety is very important, and this online module will help explain cyber-bullying in grade-level terms, with links to activities and videos. Please talk with your IST if you have questions or would like help accessing additional resources.

It’s time to know the cyberbullying facts. Online cruelty, also referred to as cyberbullying, takes place whenever someone uses digital media tools such as the Internet and cell phones to deliberately upset or harass someone else, often repeatedly. While spreading rumors and bullying is nothing new for kids, online tools can magnify the hurt, humiliation, and social drama in a very public way.

When kids misuse online or mobile technology to harass, embarrass, or bully others, they can do real and lasting harm. Nothing crushes kids’ self-confidence faster than humiliation. And just imagine a public humiliation sent instantly to everyone they know. Sadly, hurtful information posted on the Internet is extremely difficult to prevent or remove, and millions of people can see it. As more and more states take a harsher stand with new cyberbullying laws, it is important to know how to stop cyber bullying in its tracks.


**most content used comes from CommonSenseMedia- there are links throughout this introduction to explore more information, games, and activities in depth.** https://www.commonsensemedia.org/
Key Vocabulary
Please take a moment to review this vocabulary, which will help you with understanding the video and activities on the following pages.

cyberbullying:
the use of digital media tools such as the Internet and cell phones to deliberately upset or harass someone.

drama:
the everyday tiffs and disputes that occur between friends or acquaintances online or via text. Note: Unlike cyberbullying, which involves repeated digital harassment toward someone, drama is broader and more nuanced. That being said, kids and teens sometimes use the term drama to distance themselves from emotionally difficult behavior. Digital drama can still feel very real to students, lead to hurt feelings, and even damage friendships. In some cases, digital drama can escalate into an offline fight – either verbal or physical.

hate speech:
making cruel, hostile, or negative statements about someone based on their race, religion, national origin, ability, age, gender, or sexual orientation.

target:
a person who is the object of an intentional action.

offender:
a person who has a malicious intent to hurt or damage someone.

bystander:
a person who does nothing when they witness something happening.

upstander:
a person who supports and stands up for someone else.

escalate:
to increase or make more intense.

de-escalate:
to decrease or make less intense.

harassing: bombarding someone with messages over digital media, or repeated contact when it is least expected

deceiving: using fake names, posing as someone else, or creating a fake profile about someone else

flaming: saying mean things, usually in ALL CAPS, and often in a public forum with the intention to humiliate
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