cyberbullying research center   "I have a fifteen year old who suffers from anxiety and depression and just yesterday I filed a police report. My son has a Facebook account and a classmate was posting some very disturbing comments to my son he was telling my son to end his life already, threatening him that if he went to school he was going to kick his a#! and calling my son a spic and telling my son to go back across the border my sons status on face book is bisexual and the things they were saying about him were disturbing. I printed all the posts went to my local police dept. were the police officer told me that he was not sure they could do much since they are minors could you believe that! I insisted I wanted something done and charges filed he gave me a report number and would call me today. I called my lawyer!" (15 year-old boy from MD)
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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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