cyberbullying research center   "Someone sent me numerous emails with like two words in the email like 'your gay' 'your dumb' and that kind of stuff. When I am bullied (which is infrequently) I am called homosexual or gay so I'm used to it but it still hurts." (14 year-old boy from Canada)
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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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"Dr. Sameer Hinduja educated Williston students on Tuesday (and a gathering of parents the evening before) about the clear and present dangers of teenage use of social media. An expert in his field, Dr. Hinduja's deceptively youthful appearance gained him quick credibility with our students—a hip college professor connects well with those in middle and upper school. One aspect of his message was not especially new: Electronic postings last a lifetime even if "taken down" from original sites. Yet the advice he gave students was newly framed for them. Dr. Hinduja also focused as well on the world of cyberbullying, interspersing his lecture with YouTube videos made by teens who have suffered from the humiliating effects of campaigns waged against them." Robert W. Hill, Head of Schools, Williston Northampton School, Easthampton, MA
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