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Mark Strohm, Jr


March 10, 2011

I would like to make you aware of some breaking news:

From the White House:

Today, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are hosting the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention to bring together students, parents, educators, policymakers, non-profit leaders, and administration officials to address the challenges posed by bullying, to highlight successful efforts of those who are taking action, and to send the message we must all work together to make our schools and communities safe for all students.

(Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/issues/Education)

In conjunction with this bullying emphasis the President, Vice President and First Lady have video messages to school children.  The White House has also released a new website: http://stopbullying.gov/

If you would like a guest to address the issues feel free to call or contact me about this.

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Are you looking for some facts about Cyber Issues you can use to begin conversation on this issue?  Here is a fact sheet for you:

Cyber bullying statistics are surprising and sobering. There absolutely are adult victims of cyber bullying. Taking safety precautions is vital for everyone. However, the main targets of this sort of cyber abuse are teens. In fact, much of the current statistical research around cyber bullying focuses on teens – likely because studies suggest this form of teen abuse is growing at an abnormally fast rate.

The National Crime Prevention Council suggests that more than half of American teens are exposed to cyber bullying in one form or another. Due to the direct nature of internet communication (no longer screened by adults) more and more children are exposed to Cyber Bullying.  Without safeguards in place many children are vulnerable to cyber harassment.

CyberBullying.us (one of the best sites and best research) defines cyber bullying as “willful and repeated harm inflicted through the medium of electronic text.” The professors who run CyberBullying.us are the leading experts in the United States. Together, Dr. Justin W. Patchin and Dr. Sameer Hinduja have written many articles that cover the nature and the scary extent of youth cyber bullying. They recently collected data from more than 6,000 youth regarding cyber bullying. They have also published a book on this subject.

Youth Cyber Bullying Statistics

The following statistics are adapted from the youth research compiled at CyberBullying.us:

  • 33 percent of youth have been victimized by cyber bullying.
  • Among this percentage, being ignored and disrespected were the most common forms of cyber bullying.
  • The primary cyber bullying location where victimizing occurs is in chat rooms (56 percent).
  • Following chat rooms, 49 percent are victimized via instant message and 28 percent via e-mail.
  • 34 percent of youth who are bullied feel frustrated, 30 percent angry and 22 percent feel sad.
  • 41 percent of victims do not tell anyone in their off-screen lives about their abuse, but 38 percent did tell an online friend.
  • The situation only improved for 19 percent of victims when they did tell someone about the bullying.
  • 17 percent admitted to bullying another individual online.
  • Of the offenders interviewed most considered it fun or instructive.
  • More than half of study participants feel that cyber bullying is as bad, or worse, as bullying in real life.

Patchin and Hinduja point out that the most important fact reveled from their research is that five percent of the youth they interviewed claimed to be scared for their own safety. Although, it’s likely that numbers overall are much higher when you consider how many youth in comparison to the 6,000 interviewed are online daily.

Hope the above information helps!

Mark Strohm, Jr.

CyberSafetySeminar.com
(484) 424-9555

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