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Educate yourself and your child about the different forms of cyber bullying. Currently the most common forms are:

  • Masquerading and impersonation - This is one of the most elaborate forms of cyber bullying where the bully creates a false identity and pretends to be someone they are not. The bully may steal usernames and passwords to log in to another person's social networking account and use their profile to spread gossip, rumors, or humiliating information.
  • Flaming - The cyber-bully insults and provokes the victim over instant messages, email, Facebook, or chat rooms.
  • Outing - A form of cyber bullying where one shares the victim’s private information or recorded private call or conversation on a public website or via instant messages. The goal is to ridicule and embarrass the targeted individual.
  • Cyber stalking - This form of cyber bullying is characterized by repeated intimidating messages sent to a victim by the cyber bully. These messages are meant to instill fear in the victim and may threaten to move from online to in-person stalking.
  • Sexting  - This has recently become the most alarming and widespread form of cyber bullying. The victims, usually young girls, are coerced to send their nude or sexually provocative photos or videos to a real or virtual boyfriend, and this information is later shared or posted publicly.
  • Exclusion - The victim is intentionally singled out and excluded from a certain online group.
The most common signs of cyber-bullying in children are:
  • A changed attitude towards technology: the child is either hesitant to go online or spends longer hours at the computer.
  • The child seems upset after using the computer or cell phone.
  • Fear of going to school or to social events (birthdays, school trips, outings).
  • A visible change in personality, behavior or mood.
  • A change in sleep pattern and appetite.
  • Aggressive behavior.
  • A sudden change of friends.
  • Withdrawn, sad, anxious, or agitated mood
  • Nervousness when receiving texts, e-mails, or instant messages.
  • The child hides or clears the computer screen or closes his cell phone when you enter.
  • Withdrawal from friends.
  • The child falls behind in schoolwork.

Many children, and especially teenagers, do not like to talk to their parents because the parents mostly talk about school, problems, and often educate or criticize their children. Try to reverse the roles: ask questions and let the child educate you about something that they know better (perhaps new technology). Show curiosity and try to avoid teaching or criticizing. Make positive comments about your child. Children are more likely to enjoy this type of conversation and will be more enthusiastic to interact with you.
mobile appsMost of the apps our kids use on their phone are an extension of the child’s “real world” social life.

Our kids talk to people they only talk to in “real life.” We can’t panic or over think every single news article, but we do need to be aware of what our kids are doing in these apps.

We teach our children how to swim so they don’t drown and the same is true with online apps.  We need to talk to our kids and teach them how to exist in this online environment.

The circumstances around the death of 12-year-old Gabriella Green on Jan. 10 led to the arrests of the two Surfside Middle School students, Panama City Beach officials said in a news release Monday.

Two 12-year-olds in Florida were arrested for cyberbullying in connection with the death of a middle-school student who police say hanged herself two weeks ago.

Police did not release the names of the two children who were arrested because they are minors.

Melania Trump is hosting executives from major online and social media companies to discuss cyberbullying and Internet safety, more than a year after saying that would be her issue as first lady.

The meeting Tuesday marks her first public event on the topic, a choice some observers have questioned given that her husband often berates people on Twitter.

Amazon, Snap, Facebook, Google and Twitter are among the companies that are expected to attend the meeting. The Internet Association said it will also be represented.

Lucy Alexander knew something terrible had happened the moment she got a call from her son’s school saying that he had not turned up for his lessons.

“I felt in my gut something awful had happened.”

Her son Felix, 17, had been subjected to abuse on social media from the age of about 13, and had clearly been troubled by it. Mrs Alexander said: “He had been getting negative comments from people he knew, and people he didn’t know.

“He was called ‘black rat’ and ‘ugly’, people said he was worthless and everybody hated him. They didn’t understand or think through the consequences of what they said.”