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Jessica Beasley CIS-270 MIDTERM Cyberbullying NCPC defines cyberbullying as, “using the Internet, cell phones, video game systems, or other technology to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person.” Cyberbullying has become a huge problem with developing technology. When we were younger, if you were bullied at school you could come home to get away from it. Now, it follows you wherever you go. A recent study shows that 43 percent of teens have been bullied online. A large majority of these teens believe that their peers cyberbully because they think it’s funny or a joke. Our teachers are the first line of defense against this. They can’t force students to be kind to one another, but they can do their best to teach kindness through different activities in the classroom. They also have the opportunity to teach their students about digital citizenship. Teaching students about the 9 P’s can dramatically reduce their risk of being attacked online. These 9 P’s include: Passwords, Privacy, Personal Information, Photographs, Property, Permission, Protection, Professionalism, and Personal Brand. Creating a secure password isn’t enough, you also have to keep that password a secret. Not only this, but you have to be aware of who can see your private information, like your email and phone number. Luckily, sites like Facebook allow you to choose your security settings. Students also need to understand that how they are perceived online carries through to the classroom. Anything you post online can be seen from anywhere. Schools also need to make it easy and discrete to report bullying of any kind. Having a system where students feel safe reporting bullying and wont feel ashamed for doing so can go a long way.
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In Maryland there are a number of anti-bullying laws and policies. One of the most notable being Grace’s Law. This law came to be after 15-year-old Grace McComas committed suicide after being repeatedly bullied through social media. Under Grace’s Law, bullying someone 18 years of age or younger with a smartphone or computer could put you in jail for a year or land you a $500 fine. Around this same time, a student was pretending to masturbate in a school bathroom when another student filmed it and shared it with the world. This led to constant bullying and this student felt he had no other choice but to commit suicide. He left a note for his family stating that
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