Internet Safety

Internet Safety

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Online Bullying

Gone are the days when a child’s home is a refuge from playground or neighborhood bullies. The Internet is the new playground, and there are no off-hours. Tech-savvy students are turning to cyberspace to harass their peers using a new method of bullying—cyberbullying.

The popularity of instant messaging, e-mail, web pages, text messaging, and blogging means that kids are potential targets—all day, every day. Victimization on the Internet through cyberbullying is increasing in frequency and scope. Electronic bullies can remain “virtually” anonymous. Temporary e-mail accounts and pseudonyms in chat rooms, instant messaging programs, and other Internet venues can make it very difficult for adolescents to determine the identity of aggressors. Individuals now have the ability to hide behind some measure of anonymity when using their personal computer or cellular phone to bully another individual.


Chat Danger

An guide to safe chatting in chat rooms, games, and e-mail.

Information below is sited from


A Call to Stop Bullying

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For Parents:

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What is cyberbullying, and how to stop it? 

43% of teens aged 13 to 17 report that they have experienced some sort of cyberbullying in the past year. 

Cyberbullying tactics:

Gossip: Posting or sending cruel gossip to damage a person’s reputation and relationships with friends, family, and acquaintances 

Exclusion: Deliberately excluding someone from an online group

Impersonation: Breaking into someone’s e-mail or other online account and sending messages that will cause embarrassment or damage to the person’s reputation and affect his or her relationship with others 

Harassment: Repeatedly posting or sending offensive, rude, and insulting messages 

Cyberstalking: Posting or sending unwanted or intimidating messages, which may include threats 

Flaming: Online fights where scornful and offensive messages are posted on websites, forums, or blogs

Outing and Trickery: Tricking someone into revealing secrets or embarrassing information, which is then shared online

Cyberthreats: Remarks on the Internet threatening or implying violent behavior, displaying suicidal tendencies

For Students


What is Bullying?

Bullying is a form of abuse. It is repeated acts over time that involves a real or perceived imbalance of power with the more powerful individual or group abusing those who are less powerful.  The power imbalance may be social power and/or physical power. The victim of bullying is often referred to as a target.

What Are the Different Types of Bullying?

There are four main types of Bullying.  These include:

stop bullying1. Physical Bullying involves physical contact that would hurt or injure another person or their property.  Examples include: hitting, kicking, pinching, pushing, punching, scratching, spitting or any other form of physical attack.

2. Verbal Bullying is the most common form of bullying. Examples include: name calling, insulting, teasing, making racist, sexist or homophobic jokes, using sexually suggestive or abusive language, offensive remarks.

3. Emotional Bullying in an indirect form of bullying and is most common among girls. Examples include: isolation, spreading rumors or lies about the target

4. Cyber Bullying is any type of bullying that is carried out by an electronic medium.  Examples include: text messages, picture/video clip, phone calls, E-mail, chat rooms or instant messaging, social networking sites.

The Bullying Circle

Bullying affects more than just one student.  Nearly one in five students in an average classroom is experiencing bullying in some way. The rest of the students, called bystanders, are also affected by the bullying.


Bullying Prevention

Sandoval Community Unit School District 501 believes that the primary function of its schools is to help students reach their potential as self-directed learners and responsible citizens. A safe and orderly school environment is crucial to this process.Bullying disrupts a schools safe and orderly environment. Bullying creates a climate of fear and hostility, disrupts the educational environment, inhibits the ability to learn, adversely affects student participation in educational programs and activities, creates a negative effect on the schools social environment and leads to antisocial behavior.Sandoval Community Unit School District 501 expects students to act with consideration and respect for other students, staff and their property. School personnel are responsible for creating a safe, orderly and respectful learning environment where students can gain the knowledge and interpersonal skills they need to succeed.Sandoval Community Unit School District 501 prohibits any and all forms of bullying by students and will not tolerate acts of retaliation for standing up against or making a report of bullying. School staff shall investigate, identify and stop bullying behavior with appropriate discipline and interventions.Sandoval Community Unit School District 501 is currently developing policies and procedures for bullying. Sandoval Community Unit School District 501 has researched many Bullying Prevention Strategies.Bullying Prevention Strategies

Bullying Prevention in PBS manual

Best Practices in Bullying Prevention and Intervention

Documenting Bullying at Your School: Tips for School Administrators

Eyes on Bullying What can you do?

How to Intervene to Stop Bullying: Tips for On-the-Spot Intervention at School

Misdirections in Bullying Prevention and Intervention

Cyberbullying Identification, Prevention, and Response

Preventing Cyberbullying Top Ten Tips for Educators 

Providing Support to Children Who Are Bullied

Responding to Cyberbullying

Steps to Address Bullying at Your School

 Additional Resources:

Bullying Fast Facts in Schools Statistics and Web Resources for Parents and Teachers – Bullying Definition