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Cyberbullying: An Emerging Threat to the "Always On" Generation

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The readers of this blog might be interested in learning about two free, non-profit, educational resources that may help those who are trying to understand and deal with the issues of bullying and cyberbullying. As I am a parent and teacher myself, I created these resources with children, parents and teachers in mind.

www.bullying.org is a multiple award-winning Web site that was created to help people address the issues of bullying within a safe, positive international community. www.bullying.org is a supportive community where people can learn that they are NOT alone in being bullied and teased, that being bullied and teased is NOT their fault and that they CAN do something positive about it. People can contribute their personal stories, poems, images, oral stories (audio files), music and videos.

We have a team of reviewers who ensure that only first names may be used on the Web site and that no e-mail addresses or contact information may be shared or displayed on the Web site. Our reviewers review the content to ensure that original submissions and replies contribute in a helpful way to supporting the Web site's goals; that "You are NOT alone. (Being bullied is NOT your fault and that there are many positive things that you can do about it."

www.bullying.org also has a "Helpful Resources" section that features a huge listing of articles, books, legislation and policies, research and multimedia resources. Many people have identified this section as being the largest collection of bullying-related online resources in the world. www.bullying.org also has the world's first and largest online moderated support groups for adults and youth. The Web site receives nearly one million visitors and contributors from around the world each month and is often listed as the number one “bullying” referenced Web site in the world by www.google.com and many other Internet search engines. This high ranking has been accomplished primarily by word-of-mouth among parents, teachers and young people.

www.bullying.org has been chosen for the ChildNet International Award which goes to projects that make the Internet a better place for youth, as well as being a finalist in the Stockholm Challenge Award which has been called the Nobel Prize of the IT (Information Technology) world. www.bullying.org has been featured by media around the world.

As www.bullying.org quickly became an international portal of information about bullying, I realized that a new behaviour was emerging online. I defined it in the following way, "Cyberbullying involves the use of information and communication technologies such as e-mail, cell phone and pager text messages, instant messaging, defamatory personal Web sites, and defamatory online personal polling Web sites, to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others."

As cyberbullying was a new behaviour, I decided to create a new Web site to address it.

www.cyberbullying.org was the world's first Web site specifically dedicated to the emerging issue of cyberbullying. You may be interested to learn that we have been repeatedly cited as the first to coin and define this term.

If you and your audience would like more information about the issue of cyberbullying, what it is, how it can be prevented, and what can be done if someone has been cyberbullied, I would invite you and them to visit www.cyberbullying.org.

Bullying.org is the creator and facilitator of the annual international "Bullying Awareness Week" which now takes place in November each year. In 2006, it will be held from November 19th to the 24th.

We have done presentations about the issues of bullying and cyberbullying around the world.

If you would like more information about the issue of cyberbullying, please visit
http://www.cyberbullying.ca/pdf/Cyberbullying_Information.pdf

You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer in order to open and download this information.

Please feel free to share this with others, as you may deem appropriate.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you should have any questions or need further information.

Most sincerely,

Bill Belsey

President,
Bullying.org (non-profit)

e-mail: help@bullying.org

www.bullying.org
"Where You Are NOT Alone!"

and

www.cyberbullying.org
"Always On? Always Aware!"
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