WebWiseKids Blog : cyberbullyinghttp://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/tags/cyberbullying/default.aspxTags: cyberbullyingenCommunityServer 2007 SP2 (Build: 20611.960)Is Your Child Being Cyberbullied?http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/11/28/is-your-child-being-cyberbullied.aspxThu, 29 Nov 2012 00:59:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:1023Kimberly Howard1http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/rsscomments.aspx?PostID=1023http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/11/28/is-your-child-being-cyberbullied.aspx#comments<p><img src="http://www.webwisekids.org/img/cyberbullying.jpg" align="right" border="0" height="200" hspace="10" width="296" alt="" />While the Internet has allowed us greater delivery of information, improved communication networks between people, and provided faster and smoother access to products and services, it has also created another way in which our personal security can be put in jeopardy. Our personal information is available in electronic form to an unknown range of people and often lack of awareness and poor security management can result in your personal details being accessed by people you don’t know.</p> <h3>A Closer Look at Cyberbullying</h3> <p>Cyberbullying can involve malicious personal attacks such as spreading lies and rumors about others, forwarding private text messages or emails, posting pictures of victims without their knowledge or consent, or pretending to be other people in order to gain information.</p> <p>In October, President Obama launched <a href="http://www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month">National Cyber Security Awareness Month</a> (NCSAM) – a series of events and initiatives that are designed to increase education and awareness of cybersecurity within businesses and the average private home. Americans are encouraged to participate in the fight against cybercrime by following simple steps that will keep their information safe from potential harm. NCSAM suggests Internet users set strong passwords, install updates on all computers, limit the amount of personal information posted online and be cautious about what websites are accessed. Personal information is even more sensitive today. With the dependency on social media, theft protection services, like <a href="http://www.lifelock.com">Lifelock.com</a>, are more imperative than ever before.</p> <h3>Daily Use</h3> <p>Information security is not the only issue that has risen in the past few years with the rise in the use of the Internet – cyberbullying has become a large problem for many young people both within the United States and across the globe. A 2011 Pew Research Center study reported that <a href="http://pewresearch.org/millennials/teen-internet-use-graphic.php">93 percent of American teenagers</a> (12-17 years) were using the Internet. At the same time, the increased social networks that have developed through sites such as Facebook and Twitter have meant that young people have more opportunity to be bullied, teased or embarrassed by others. Delaware Online says that more than 140,000 students stay away from school daily due to cyberbullying.</p> <h3>What Can Be Done to Prevent Cyberbullying?</h3> <p>Teenagers can refuse to participate in the bullying of other young people, encourage their friends to stop, or <a href="http://www.ncpc.org/cyberbullying">report cyberbullying to a trusted adult</a>. Young people who are being bullied can report the problem to teachers, parents or trusted adults. Schools should discuss the issues associated with cyberbullying, be proactive in explaining the dangers of social media and discourage all students from participating in cyberbullying.</p> <p>Parents should have open conversations with their teenagers about the responsible use of the Internet and the impact their words can have on others in social media situations. Parents should also be aware of what sites their teenagers are using, and if they notice any emotional changes in their children, <a href="http://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/prevention/index.html">speak to them about issues</a> they may be experiencing.</p> <p>While the size and accessibility of the Internet and social media make it very difficult for parents to control what websites their children are using, it is important for parents and schools to educate young people on the best ways to use the web, when it is safe to provide <a href="http://www.identitytheftlabs.com">personal information</a>, and how to protect themselves against cyberbullying.</p><img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=1023" width="1" height="1">cyberbullyingcyberbullying preventionbullyingcyberbully hotlineBeSeen Featured in SecretlyNetwork.com!http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/05/30/beseen-featured-in-secretlynetwork-com.aspxWed, 30 May 2012 21:17:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:108Judi Westberg-Warren, President0http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/rsscomments.aspx?PostID=108http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/05/30/beseen-featured-in-secretlynetwork-com.aspx#commentsOur <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">BeSeen app</a> was featured in <a href="http://www.secretlynetwork.com/blog">SecretlyNetwork.com&#39;s blog about best mobile applications for kids!</a> Web Wise Kids is honored to be listed by Secretly Networking as a recommendation for Best Apps for Kids, and we are delighted to be included with so many other great apps.<img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=108" width="1" height="1">educational ipod gamesbeseen appbeseen iphoneinternet safetyfacebook safety for youtheducational games for kidsbeseenteaching kids internet safetysafety games androidbeseen androideducating youth about internet safetywwkdigital citizenshipeducator resources for internet safetysocial network safetyfacebook safetycyberbullyingcyberbullying preventiondigital safety childrenbe seeneducation apps for kidsinternet safety safetybe seen appThank You To Our Sponsors!!http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/05/28/thanks-to-our-sponsors.aspxMon, 28 May 2012 20:40:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:111Judi Westberg-Warren, President0http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/rsscomments.aspx?PostID=111http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/05/28/thanks-to-our-sponsors.aspx#commentsWith our BeSeen app gaining a lot of attention during the last several weeks-- especially since we launched an ad in USA Today-- we&#39;d like to take a moment to thank our sponsors--CTIA Wireless Foundation, Carnegie Mellon University, Verizon Foundation-- without whom BeSeen would have never been possible. <br /><br /> If you are new to Web Wise Kids or BeSeen, here’s more about the game: <br /><br /> BeSeen was created by Carnegie Mellon University and Web Wise Kids to teach youth how to be responsible in social networks by securing their private and personal information, protecting their online reputation and defending their peers. <br /><br /> This online safety mobile application is a single-player game that simulates a social networking website. The player creates a profile and starts earning “friend” characters and interacting with them. They learn about others through their posts and help them through challenges in order to win awards and make new friends. <br /><br /> In BeSeen, the ultimate quest is to make friends. At first, that is a matter of getting involved in school activities, but as more friends join a social circle, they bring their problems with them. To keep friends and make more, it’s important not only to be involved but also to be a good friend. <br /><br /> You can learn more about BeSeen or download the free lesson materials on the Web Wise Kids <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">website.</a> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwQyv4N7apU">Watch our video thanking our sponsors here!</a><img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=111" width="1" height="1">teaching youth internet safetybeseen appkid games ipodcarnegie mellonfacebook safety for youthweb wise kidsfacebook safety for kidsbeseenkid friendly gamesit’s your call gameyouth safety onlinedigital citizenshipeducator resources for internet safetyfacebook predatorsprotecting children onlinefacebook safetyjudi warren. internet safetycyberbullyingcyberbullying preventionkids safetydigital safety childrenjudi westberg warrenbe seenCTIAWireless foundationBeSeen FAQshttp://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/05/16/beseen-faqs.aspxWed, 16 May 2012 18:18:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:72Judi Westberg-Warren, President0http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/rsscomments.aspx?PostID=72http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/05/16/beseen-faqs.aspx#commentsBeSeen is our mobile phone app we created in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University. The game is designed to be played on a mobile phone and simulates a social network. It was designed to teach kids how to be responsible on social networks like Facebook, by securing their private and personal information, protecting their online reputation, and defending their peers. <br /><br />BeSeen was made possible by support from Trend Micro, CTIA The Wireless Foundation, and The Verizon Foundation. <br /><br /><b>Why Was BeSeen Created?</b> <br /><br />As many as 7.5 million Facebook users in the U.S. are under age 13 - a violation of Facebook&#39;s user policies - according to a new study by Consumer Reports, as reported by Ad Age. <br /><br />BeSeen was created to combat some alarming statistics about kids’ behavior on social networks: <br /><br />55% of teens have given out personal info to someone they don’t know, including photos and physical descriptions. <br /><br />29% of teens have posted mean info, embarrassing photos or spread rumors about someone. <br /><br />29% have been stalked or contacted by someone they don’t know. <br /><br />24% have had private or embarrassing info made public without their permission <br /><br />22% have been cyberpranked <br /><br />56% of teens say they have been the target of some type of online harassment <br /><br />15% percent of the young people surveyed say they have sent nude photos or videos of themselves <br /><br />21% say they&#39;ve received nude photos or videos from others. About half of those involved say they felt pressured to do so BeSeen teaches kids to behave responsibly on social networks, and to guard their personal information and images. <br /><br /><br /><br />You can find more statistics about kids’ behavior on cell phones and online here. <br /><br /><br /><br /><b>What is the Game About?</b> <br /><br /><br /><br />This online safety mobile application is a single-player game that simulates a social networking website. The player creates a profile and starts earning &quot;friend&quot; characters and interacting with them. They learn about others through their posts and help them through challenges in order to win awards and make new friends. <br /><br /><br /><br />In BeSeen, the ultimate quest is to make friends. At first, that is a matter of getting involved in school activities, but as more friends join a social circle, they bring their problems with them. To keep friends and make more, it’s important not only to be involved but also to be a good friend. <br /><br /><br /><br /><b>Where Can I Find BeSeen?</b> <br /><br />BeSeen is a free mobile app, available for download in both the Apple App Store and Google Play (formerly the Android Marketplace). You can find more information about the game, including support documents and instructional materials <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">here</a>. <br /><br /><br /><br /><b>How much Does the App Cost?</b> <br /><br />BeSeen is available for free. It&#39;s easily downloaded in both the Apple App Store and Google Play (formerly the Android Marketplace). We also offer free handouts, instructional videos and companion materials to be used in classrooms or at home. <br /><br /><br /><br /><b>What Platforms Can I Play BeSeen On?</b> <br /><br />BeSeen is available for both the iPhone, and Android smartphones. It is not yet available for laptops or tablets. <br /><br /><br /><br /><b>I&#39;m a Teacher; Can I Use the App in my Classroom?</b> <br /><br />Absolutely! BeSeen is a fun and engaging learning tool to teach your students about social networking. We have created an entire set of classroom resources around the BeSeen App, to help you use it effectively in your classroom. You can download the materials for free <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">here</a>. <br /><br /><br /><br />Also, if you are interested in having a Web Wise Kids staff member facilitate the BeSeen Program in your classroom, we can make arrangements for the program to be led either in person, or over Skype. For information on facilitation, please email Rommel Anacan at info@webwisekids.com <br /><br /><br /><br /><b>I&#39;m a Parent; Can I Use the App at Home?</b> <br /><br />Sometimes, parents are unsure about whether to allow their kids on social networks. BeSeen can be a great way to teach your kids how to navigate social networks safely, and to achieve peace of mind as a parent. Our free BeSeen classroom materials can easily be adapted for use at home, or, simply download the free app and let your kids play. <br /><br /><br /><br /><b>Are There Any Instructional Videos That Might Help Me Understand the App?</b> <br /><br />We have several videos available that will walk you through the BeSeen game. There are also printed materials that can help you understand what players are learning as they navigate the game. You can find all of these resources <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">here</a>. <br /><br /><br /><br /><b>Where Can I Go For More Information?</b> <br /><br />For more information on BeSeen, visit our website. You can also download our free Program Resources to learn more about the BeSeen App. If you would like to learn more about the other educational video games that we offer, you can do that here. <br /><br /><br /><br />Join our newsletter to stay up to date on all our news, and the latest educational programs we’re rolling out. <br /><br />And, to contact us, please email info@webwisekids.org. <br /><br />What If I have a Question That Isn’t Addressed Here? <br /><br />You can always reach us by email at info@webwisekids.org. <br /><br />Or, call us at (866) WEB-WISE or 714-435-2885. We would love to hear from you!<img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=72" width="1" height="1">IJIS Instituteeducational ipod gamesteaching youth internet safetybeseen appdigital safetyeducational apps for kidsbeseen iphoneeducational iphone gamesfacebook safety for youtheducational games for kidsweb wise kidsfacebook safety for kidsbeseenteaching kids internet safetysafety games androidteachers resources for internet safetyjudi warrenbeseen androideducating youth about internet safetywwkdigital citizenshipeducator resources for internet safetyeducating children internetsocial network safetyprotecting children onlinefacebook safetypreventing cyberbullyingcyberbullyingcyberbullying preventionjudi westberg warrenbe seeneducation apps for kidsinternet safety speakerbe seen appeducation apps for childrenCTIAWireless foundationWeb Wise Kids' New Official Speaker Discusses Organization Missionhttp://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/04/07/web-wise-kids-new-official-speaker-discusses-organization-mission.aspxSun, 08 Apr 2012 01:30:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:31Judi Westberg-Warren, President0http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/rsscomments.aspx?PostID=31http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/04/07/web-wise-kids-new-official-speaker-discusses-organization-mission.aspx#commentsWatch Web Wise Kids&#39; newest trainer and official speaker, Rommel Anacan, speak more about our organization&#39;s missions and goals <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smM_0Zt_gzo">here</a><img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=31" width="1" height="1">digital safetyfacebook safety for youthweb wise kidsfacebook safety for kidsjudi warrenwwkdigital citizenshipeducating children internetfacebook safetycyberbullyingcyberbullying preventiondigital safety childrendigital safetyfetynew speaker and trainerrommel anacanWeb Wise Kids And The Fight Against Bullyinghttp://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/03/19/web-wise-kids-and-the-fight-against-bullying.aspxMon, 19 Mar 2012 21:04:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:12Judi Westberg-Warren, President0http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/rsscomments.aspx?PostID=12http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/03/19/web-wise-kids-and-the-fight-against-bullying.aspx#commentsA new documentary from The Weinstein Company called Bully is about to hit theaters and aims to raise awareness about America’s bullying epidemic. Unfortunately, the MPAA recently announced that the film will receive a “R” rating and restrict minors from attending the movie without an adult present. If bullying is a problem that primarily affects children and teens, shouldn’t they be allowed to see it most? Web Wise Kids, a leader in the fight against cyber-bullying and for online safety believes so. Katy Butler knows what it means to be bullied. She was harassed, picked on, and even physically abused by bullies in her school. In fact, Katy was once shoved into a wall and had a locker slammed on her hand that actually broke her finger. When Katy heard that this movie would receive an “R” rating, she decided to start a petition on Change.org and get people involved. In response, The Weinstein Company appealed the MPAA’s decision and asked for the movie to be reconsidered for a “PG-13” rating. Unfortunately the appeal failed but Katy doesn’t see this as a reason to give up. Web Wise Kids, a national non-profit organization and recognized leader in Internet safety education, supports the motion for the MPAA to reduce this movie’s rating. Katy’s perseverance’s deserve to be amended and with your help the petition can continue to make progress toward making Bully available for all teens to see. To sign Katy’s petition, please visit: http://www.change.org/petitions/mpaa-dont-let-the-bullies-win-give-bully-a-pg-13-instead-of-an-r-rating?utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=action_alert To learn more about Web Wise Kids, please visit. http://www.webwisekids.org<img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=12" width="1" height="1">web wise kidswwksocial network safetyjudi warren. internet safetypreventing cyberbullyingcyberbullyingcyberbullying preventionweinstein companyMPAAkids safetydigital safety childrenBully