cyberbullying research center   "I had a huge crush on this really popular guy. Shy, plump girl with glasses and acne. I started to contact him through AIM hoping for a magical ending. Then later I talked to his friends and to make a long story very short. I was harassed and teased through Facebook and AIM, told I was ugly, fat, no guy would ever like me, that I was a female dog, to go cut myself, and even received death threats. Granted, I reacted and said things I would never usually say, but since that year I always think a part of me has died and I will never be as I was before. Did the school do anything to help? Did my parents understand that Facebook was my connection to the rest of the school? An addiction? It's so stupid, as I look back on it, and I know I made mistakes, but no one deserves to be verbally and mentally abused via the internet or anywhere else." (15 year-old girl from USA)
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Addressing Cyberbullying
1.
What are some electronic devices used to bully others?
A. Cell phones
B. Computers
C. Internet-enabled gaming consoles
D. Digital camera
E. All of the above

2.
How many active users does Facebook - generally regarded as the #1 social networking site, have?
A. 500 thousand
B. 10 million
C. 100 million
D. 250 million
E. 500 million

3.
How many hours of the day are children vulnerable to cyberbullying?
A. 0
B. 2
C. 6
D. 12
E. 24

4.
Why don't victims tell their parents what is happening to them on the computer?
A. They don't want their computer privileges taken away
B. They are embarrassed that they are being picked on
C. They don't think their parents can do anything to help
D. They aren't able to openly share their struggles and problems with parents
E. All of the above

5.
Parents should keep the computer their child(ren) use in:
A. A high-traffic area
B. The child's bedroom
C. The bathroom
D. The garage
E. There should not be computers in anyone's homes.

6.
Cyberbullying victims tend to be harassed by:
A. A stranger who is much older than them
B. A stranger who is much younger than them
C. Someone they know at school
D. A relative
E. None of the above

7.
Let's say that you use AOL for your email. What email address should you use to contact AOL if you receive a harassing, threatening, or otherwise problematic email?
A. "abuse@aol.com"
B. "cyberbully@aol.com"
C. "help@aol.com"
D. "saveme@aol.com"
E. "spam@aol.com"

8.
How do you know that a web site has a secure connection?
A. There is a lock in the top right or bottom right corner of your web browser
B. There is a red flashing pop-up that informs you
C. It is your friend's site
D. The web address looks to be legitimate
E. It is impossible to know

9.
Who among the following are most likely to be a perpetrator of sexual abuse against a child?
A. Registered sex offender
B. Friend
C. Stranger
D. Online acquaintance
E. Other relative

10.
The parents of a cyberbullying victim can possibly sue the parents of a cyberbullying offender in civil court for:
A. Defamation of character
B. Intentional infliction of emotional distress
C. Invasion of privacy
D. None of the above
E. Any of the above

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