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Students Address Dangers of the Internet and Cyberbullying in Stride to Be Safe Online

Posted on May 25, 2012 with No Comments

In order to be safe online and combat dangers of the internet, a series of interactive programs by members of the student-led Internet Safety Alliance accompanied informative PowerPoint presentations about safe social media practices last week.

Matthew Chiappelli, Internet Safety Alliance member, said the group's main goal is to help everyone be safe online.  “We know the Internet is a really fun place, but you also need to be aware of the dangers of the Internet and ways to stay away from those danger points.”

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Wednesday’s inaugural one-day ‘blitz’ of the district, brought to life the hard work of the Internet Safety Alliance as group members made presentations to students in kindergarten to eighth grade.


Members of the Internet Safety Alliance, consisting of SASHS seniors Chiappelli, Dhiren Kapoor, Fernando Torija, Zachary McMullen, Branson Allen, Sean Alexander, Kenzie Corman, Rebecca Saliga and Ashley Olson, were instructed on safe-social media practices earlier this year, high school counselor Michele Dubbs said.

“The presentations from our students allowed for other students to pay attention and possibly change their future actions on the Internet,” Dubbs said.

Under the guidance of Rodney Tosten, vice-president of information technology at Gettysburg College, and Dubbs, the motivated students created four separate multi-media presentations about remaining safe on the Internet.

At the middle, intermediate and all three elementary schools, the group stressed the importance of clicking safe, protecting personal information, consulting an adult and examples of cyber bullying. Members warned students that the Internet is not a playground, and that actions have real world consequences.

“It is so very important for students to realize the power of their written, typed, texted and expressed words. These words and possible images become global and forever,” Dubbs said.

The kid-to-kid presentations were well received as the younger students actively participated in the question and answer sessions and attentively listened to the presenters.

“May the cycle of student teaching others continue,” Dubbs noted.

Near the conclusion of the presentation, students recited a pledge to “remember that everyone deserves to feel safe and accepted. I will not bully with pictures or make up stories about other kids, in order to try to make myself feel better. If I am being bullied or know a friend who is being bullied, I will tell a responsible adult right away.”

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How Can I Stop Bullying on Social Networks?

Posted on May 21, 2012 with No Comments

Most parents want to ensure that children will be safe online from Bullies and other Internet Dangers. In order to address the question, How can I stop bullying?, we must look first at some real facts about cyber bullying and the realities surrounding the social network it happens on most – Facebook.

What is Cyberbullying? 

Cyber Bullying is when a person is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or targeted by another using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies, or mobile phones.

Last year alone, Consumer Reports shows that more than one million children were harassed, threatened or subject to other forms of abuse on Facebook in 2011. This is nearly 60% of kids or 1 out of every 3 children who use the social network!

The statistics are alarming, yet only 7% of U.S. parents are worried about Internet dangers such as cyberbullying (according to the Pew Internet and American Life Survey, 2011).

It’s obvious the problem is real. So let’s get to the nitty gritty details of how to be safe online and answer the question at hand with regard to social networks.

How Can I stop Bullying?

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  1. Keep a record of the activity. Be sure to record the time and date of each incident as you will need to provide this to law enforcement in order to catch the creeps.
  2. Tell Someone.  One of the biggest reasons bullies get away with it is that kids don’t tell anyone. Encourage kids to talk to someone they trust, whether it be a parent, friend, sibling, school counselor or teacher.
  3. Contact your phone or Internet Service Provider.  If you report what is happening, they can help you combat Internet dangers such as Cyberbullying by blocking messages or calls from certain senders.
  4. Don't Respond to Cyberbullies.  All Bullies share one thing in common. Something hurts them so much on the inside they have to hurt someone else in order to feel good.  If you don’t respond to their antics, they won’t get what they want. So don’t give them a reaction by responding and they won't get what they want. 
  5. Threats or Serious Harrassment. If messages indicate serious threats then do not hesitate to contact the police right away. Remember, If Cyberbullying is threatening, it is illegal.
  6. Change your Contact Information. Get a new user name for Facebook, change your e-mail account, or change your mobile phone number.
  7. Online Privacy is Golden.  This cannot be stressed enough. Keep your username and passwords Private. Make sure personal information is kept private so it doesn't fall into the hands of someone who'll misuse it. 

Lastly, in order to truly be safe online and prevent internet dangers such as cyberbullying, it is important that you understand the laws. For a comprehensive list of bullying laws by state, Go Here.


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