In light of National Bullying Prevention Month, Homeland Safety Systems, Inc. has chosen to focus on bullying prevention and the important factors and negative outcomes associated with cyberbullying. As a technology company, Homeland recognizes that cyberbullying is a complicated problem in the education system today.

What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is the repeated use of information technology to deliberately harass, threaten or intimidate others. According to purdueglobal.edu, cyberbullying has taken a much more pervasive role because it is no longer limited to school hallways, cafeterias, or playgrounds. As a result of technology, cyberbullying can now happen any time.

 

What are the Most Common Types?

  • Cyberstalking – Includes harassing someone by repeatedly sending insulting or threatening messages.

  • Dissing – Criticizing someone by sending or posting deliberate lies about them to intentionally damage the person’s reputation and friendships.

  • Flaming – Participating in an online fight using electronic messages that are deliberately insulting and vulgar. This can occur in either a private or public online group.

  • Outing – Distributing confidential, private or embarrassing information online. This may include private photographs and videos sent via email or text message and posting them to sites like Instagram, YouTube and Facebook.

 

What are the Negative Outcomes of Cyberbullying?

According to a recent study presented by the Journal of Medical Internet Research, Cyberbullying can be very damaging to adolescents and teens. It can lead to anxiety, depression, lower academic achievement, youth violence, dropping out of school, and even suicide. Victims of cyberbullying are at a greater risk than non-victims of both self-harm and suicidal behaviors. In addition, bully victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.

 

What are the warning signs?

According to stopbullying.gov, it is important to know what your kids are doing online. Some warning signs that a child is being cyberbullied or is cyberbullying others are:

  • Noticeable increases and decreases in device use, including texting

  • A child exhibits emotional responses (laughter, anger, upset) to what is happening on their device

  • A child hides their screen or device when others are near and avoids discussion about what they are doing on their device.

  • A child starts to avoid situations, even those that were enjoyed in the past

  • A child becomes withdrawn or depressed, or loses interest in people and activities

 

How Can Schools Prevent Bullying?

STOP CYBERBULLYING

  • Promote a culture of mutual respect

  • Provide information to students on the ramifications of cyberbullying

  • Educate students on the negative effects of posting personal information and pictures online

  • Take the time to teach cyber ethics

  • Train school staff and students on ways to prevent bullying

It is important that all school employees take an active role in protecting students from bullying and continually work together to promote positive social change.

 

 

How Homeland Can Help

Homeland Safety Systems, Inc. can provide classroom enhancement solutions designed to maintain a safe and efficient atmosphere in the classroom. This involves the implementation of audio and video recordings which can provide undeniable evidence for administrators to take-action against bullying. Homeland is also committed to partnering with schools and districts across Louisiana, Arkansas & Mississippi to prevent bullying, improve accountability, increase classroom efficiency, and promote a safe learning environment for all students. For a free security assessment of your school or facility, fill out a contact form or call us anytime at (888) 909-2261.

 

 

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