Cyberbullying

The Russell O. Brackman Middle School is committed to creating an emotionally and physically safe environment for its students. In particular, we will be giving added attention during the school year to the topic of cyberbullying.

Some alarming cyberbullying statistics from the National Crime Prevention Center include:

  • Over 40% of all teenagers with Internet access have reported being bullied online.

  • Girls are more likely than boys to be the target of cyberbullying.

  • Only 10% of those kids who were bullied told their parents about the incident, and only 18% of the cases were reported to a local or national law enforcement agency.

  • Only 15% of parents are “in the know” about their kids' social networking habits, and how these behaviors can lead to cyberbullying.

  • 58% of 4th through 8th graders reported having mean or cruel things said to them online; 53% said that they have said mean or hurtful things to others while online; 42% of those studied said that they had been “bullied online”, but almost 60% have never told their parents about the incident.

  • Cell phone cameras and digital cameras are a growing problem in the cyberbullying world. A recent survey found that 10% of 770 young people surveyed were made to feel “threatened, embarrassed or uncomfortable” by a photo taken of them using a cell-phone camera.

The Russell O. Brackman Middle School will do everything it can to educate and support its students and their parents, both in school and out, regarding the growing issue of cyberbullying. Some resources related to this topic are listed below.

Cyberbullying Websites (click on the link below):

Cyberbullying Resources:

 

 
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