Related News: Stalker in the Attic: The Cyberbully Who Spies on 12-Year-Old Girls in Their Home

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. Mashable published an article titled Stalker in the Attic: The Cyberbully Who Spies on 12-Year-Old Girls in Their Home.

This spring, Melody and Julia’s story was big drama in the little world of Florence Stiles Middle School in Leander, Texas. Kids gossiped about the latest message from Danielle; Danielle insisted she wasn’t behind it; school administrators met with police and held anti-bullying rallies.

But by May, the case had outgrown their school, even their suburb. The jealous spat among three girls progressed to cyberbullying and then, apparently, to hacking, online surveillance and real-world stalking. The families enlisted investigators from four law enforcement agencies, private eyes and experts in online security and forensics to make sense of the strange harassment, which seemed to turn every networked device in their homes against them. After Julia’s mother, a blogger with a devoted following, wrote about the ordeal, the case became a crusade among her flock. Anti-bullying activists championed the cause, calling it the worst case of cyberbullying they had ever seen.

To others it seemed a blatant hoax, a bid for sympathy or attention too absurd to be believed. And by June, with no certain suspects or explanations, the threat was apparently over. The messages stopped, the clues dried up, the trail went cold. School staff and police seem baffled. The community, wrapped in forces they still don’t understand, is left to wonder how 12-year-olds, or their phones, could be capable of such a complex scheme.

Source: Mashable

Related News: Florida ‘bullying death’ charges dropped

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. BBC News published an article titled Florida ‘bullying death’ charges dropped.

Stalking charges have been dropped against two teenage girls in connection with the alleged bullying of another Florida girl who took her own life.

The two girls, aged 12 and 14, are said to have hounded Rebecca Sedwick online for a year.

A lawyer for the 12-year-old has demanded an apology from Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd for the arrest.

But Sheriff Judd said he did not have any regrets and that the girls will now receive “the services they need”.

“Our goal is that these kids never bully anyone again, never torment anyone again,” he said.
‘Troubled young girl’

The girls were arrested a month after Rebecca, 12, jumped to her death from a tower at an abandoned concrete plant on 9 September.

Source: BBC News

Related News: Russell County Middle School talks cyber bullying

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. WRBL published an article titled Russell County Middle School talks cyber bullying.

Hundreds of Russell County Middle School students crowded the cafeteria this afternoon to get a lesson on the Internet. Specifically, to learn more about the dangers and consequences of cyber-bullying. Administration said this behavior generally starts around the middle school age.

Faculty at the school said middle school students are normally trying to find themselves, and their social place. Unfortunately, this can sometimes lead to bullying behavior on social media sites and phone applications, and the consequences can be costly.

“I use kik and snap chat,” said Ty’Kerria Grey a 7th grade student.

These social media apps along with instagram, vine, and sites like facebook and twitter are more and more popular among the middle school crowd. But use of these applications also invite new ways to bully others.

Source: WRBL

Related News: BULLY-PROOF

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. The Troy Messenger published an article titled BULLY-PROOF.

Pike County residents were able to learn about the epidemic of bullying this Thursday night in Troy when the university held a town hall meeting followed by a vigil to raise bullying awareness.

The meeting took the form of a panel discussion and question-and-answer section in which Pike County residents were able to ask specific questions about bullying.

The panel was composed of Florence Mitchell, Greg Crosby, Sharon Sullivan, Brenda Lampley, Karena Valkyrie and Greg Price.

Price gave a presentation on cyber-bullying before the panel discussion. Price serves as the head of the Alabama Computer Forensics Institute, a group that aids law enforcement officials in technology related criminal cases. β€œWe work an enormous volume of cases involving cyber-bullying and child predators,” Price said. β€œIt is basically anywhere where technology and bad things intersect.”

Source: Troy Messenger

Related News: Parents, beware of bullying on sites you’ve never seen

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. CNN published an article titled Parents, beware of bullying on sites you’ve never seen.

“Why aren’t you dead?”

“You should die.”

“Wait a minute, why are you still alive?”

“Go kill yourself.”

It’s impossible to comprehend another human being, let alone a child, sending such hateful messages to another person, but according to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd in Lakeland, Florida, these messages are all too real.

They were sent to 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick, who ultimately jumped to her death in September, he said. The messages didn’t come via the social networking sites many of us are familiar with: Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. They were sent via newer, lesser-known social applications called Ask.fm and Kik, according to Judd.

Source: CNN

Related News: Sheriff: Taunting post leads to arrests in Rebecca Sedwick bullying death

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. CNN published an article titled Sheriff: Taunting post leads to arrests in Rebecca Sedwick bullying death.

The attorney for a 14-year-old Florida girl charged with aggravated stalking that allegedly led to the suicide of a 12-year-old classmate told CNN that her client isn’t responsible for a controversial Facebook post that led to the suspect’s arrest.

Police on Monday arrested two girls, ages 14 and 12, in connection with the death of Rebecca Sedwick, who jumped from the top of an abandoned concrete plant last month.

Authorities said the 14-year-old girl was Rebecca’s chief tormenter, and the girl posted a taunting message Saturday on the Internet about what had happened.

Source: CNN

Related News: Facebook apologizes for dating ad with photo of Canada teen who died after bullying

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Facebook is apologizing for a stunningly inappropriate advertisement featuring a photograph of a Canada teen who died after months of bullying.

The advertisement was posted on the world’s largest social networking site on Tuesday where it was discovered by Andrew Ennals, a copy writer, who took a screen grab of the photo.

Source: Fox News

Related News: N.Y. police probe possible cyberbullying after girl found hanged

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. CNN published an article titled N.Y. police probe possible cyberbullying after girl found hanged.

A 12-year-old girl found hanged in her home left behind a suicide note that mentioned online bullying, according to police.

Gabrielle Molina was found dead Wednesday afternoon by her family, authorities said.

In addition to interviewing Gabrielle’s friends and relatives, police took two computers from the seventh-grader’s home to investigate whether harsh online messages and other cyberbullying may have been a factor in driving the young girl to take her life, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters.

Source: CNN

Related News: When bullying goes high-tech

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. CNN published an article titled When bullying goes high-tech.

As many as 25% of teenagers have experienced cyberbullying at some point, said Justin W. Patchin, who studies the phenomenon at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He and colleagues have conducted formal surveys of 15,000 middle and high school students throughout the United States, and found that about 10% of teens have been victims of cyberbullying in the last 30 days.

Online bullying has a lot in common with bullying in school: Both behaviors include harassment, humiliation, teasing and aggression, Patchin said. Cyberbullying presents unique challenges in the sense that the perpetrator can attempt to be anonymous, and attacks can happen at any time of day or night.

Source: CNN