cyberbullying research center   "I'm sure you've all heard about this new site formspring.me. It's a truly horrible site. It gives bullies a chance to verbally insult people without putting a face or a name to them. It wears people down after a while and only causes drama. I was harassed for a good amount of time on it when I had one. It caused drama between a good friend of mine and me. Thankfully we resolved it. People also thought it was their business to know about my boyfriend and I, and would constantly ask questions, and my parents also saw these too. Formspring.me should be deleted. It will only cause hurt for teenagers around the world." (15 year-old girl from CA)
...identifying the causes and consequences of cyberbullying
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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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