Cyberbullying – an epidemic

Greg Price recently submitted an article to the Troy Messenger, Cyberbullying – an epidemic:

In 2006, I received a request that angered and horrified me. Law enforcement often call with requests to review computer evidence, sometimes, they request assistance in collecting the computer evidence. A state law enforcement agency requested assistance with collection of computer evidence from an active crime scene. I traveled to the site.

I was unaware of the nature of the crime, until my arrival. A child, not quite a teenager, committed suicide. Near the child, a laptop glowed eerily. Law enforcement did not want to interact with the laptop due to its changing contents, for fear of damaging possible evidence.

The laptop displayed active contents from a discussion board. I discovered that the child visited the discussion board seeking help. The digital hangout was popular among teenagers. The presence, while not designed with ill intentions, became a conduit for bullying. Young people visited the site, degraded one another, spoke poorly about themselves and others. The power of perceived anonymity was powerful: remain hidden behind a computer and lash out, act in a fashion that most would never contemplate in the physical world.

Related News: Blount Co. DA contacts Instagram over offensive posts

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. WSFA published an article titled Blount Co. DA contacts Instagram over offensive posts.

Blount County’s District Attorney is asking Instagram to take down offensive posts which she believes could be cyberbullying.

Someone has been taking young teenage girls photos on the social media website and reposting under offensive headlines such as “WHORESOFBLOUNTCOUNTY” or “SLUTSOFSUSANMOORE.”

Source: WSFA

Related News: Parents fight cyberbullying with lawsuit

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. TODAY published an article titled Parents fight cyberbullying with lawsuit.

A Texas family is trying to fight cyberbullying in court.

Reymundo and Shellie Esquivel are filing a lawsuit this week against six of their teenage daughter’s schoolmates and their parents, alleging that the students created an Instagram account aimed at humiliating her and fellow classmates.

“When we opened up the web page on Instagram, we opened up Pandora’s box,” Shellie Esquivel told TODAY’s Janet Shamlian. “There was a picture of her and all these vulgar postings of her underneath the photograph.”

Source: TODAY

Related News: Be There: Protecting students from cyberbullying

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. WTVM published an article titled Be There: Protecting students from cyberbullying.

Every second, six people in the US start using the internet for the very first time.  It’s a worldwide system with more than half a billion users, according to Troy University. The problem is that some of those lurking in cyberspace are predators and bullies.

“On Ask, I was being told not to come back to Russell County, that people didn’t like me,” said McKayla Chavez, an eighth grade student at Russell County Middle School.

The ordeal was traumatizing for Chavez. “I told my mom about it. She was pretty much coaching me through it, just ignore it, and don’t entertain it,” she says.

The bullying, McKayla explained, “finally stopped.”

Her classmate Caleb Alexander had a different experience online, but one that’s very prevalent for young people.

Source: WTVM

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. “We work an enormous volume of cases involving cyber-bullying and child predators,” Price said. “It 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: Are we too quick to cry ‘bully’?

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. CNN published an article titled Are we too quick to cry ‘bully’?.

Actual bullying, many educators and social scientists say, is intentional, repetitive abuse by a powerful person toward a less powerful target.

But not everyone defines it the same way: Although most states have bullying laws on the books, according to the Education Commission of the States, it’s handled differently around the country. New Hampshire’s law specifies that an act need occur only once — not multiple times — to be bullying. Nebraska’s law calls on local districts to create bullying policies. Several states recently added provisions to cover cyberbullying — bullying or harassment through technology. Laws in Massachusetts and New Jersey detail how educators should prevent, report and investigate bullying.

Say the word in almost any school these days, and it will get a quick reaction. In many cases, advocates said, that’s helpful. But sometimes, when it’s not really bullying, kids miss out on a chance to learn to cope with minor conflicts on their own.

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