Module 3: Cyber Bullying

Module Objectives:
  1. Compare and contrast bullying and cyber bullying.
  2. Correctly answer questions about cyber bullying laws. 
Module Key Vocabulary 
  • Cyber Bullying


Please watch the video below. As the descriptions of the terms move into place, think about the affects of each type of bullying. When the video is over, complete the questions below the video. 

Compare and Contrast Bullying and Cyber Bullying




Some Facts About Cyber Bullying
Legally, a single incident is considered cyber bullying.

Common and well-known types of cyber bullying include:
    --Harassment
    --Disrespectful behaviors
    --Threats 
Some cyber bullying acts that you may have never thought of include:
    --Dating violence and pressure
    --Impersonation
    --Invasion of privacy
            
Because cyberspace knows no boundaries, there is no escape from cyber bullying; it follows victims via text messaging, social networking, blogs, and picture posts. 

In California
Cyber Bullying is against the law and is also punishable at school.  Assembly Bill 86 allows school administration to suspend a student or recommend a student for expulsion for bullying.  This includes bullying by "electronic act." In 2011, there were additions to this law to include posts on social networks.

Federal Law 
"Whoever transmits in interstate or foreign commerce any communication, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person, using electronic means to support severe, repeated, and hostile behavior, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both."  (Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act),



Cyber Bullying Laws


Watch the following news clip about one girl's struggle with cyber bullying. 

Amanda is just one in an unfortunately long list of people who have taken their own lives as a result of being cyber bullied. We all have the power to stop cyber bullying because we can all choose not to do it. Think before you type. 

To view Amanda's original YouTube video, click here: Amanda's Story


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JULIE COOK,
Aug 7, 2013, 10:22 AM