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Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use Publishes Cyberbullying Book

Posted Feb 27, 2006
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Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats: Responding to the Challenge of Online Social Cruelty, Threats, and Distress, by Nancy E. Willard, is a new publication from the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use. The book provides timely, in-depth insight and practical strategies for school administrators, counselors/psychologists, school resource officers, teachers, and others on preventing and responding to cyberbullying and cyberthreats, according to the Center's announcement.

Cyberbullying is being cruel to others by sending or posting harmful material or engaging in other forms of social cruelty using the Internet or other digital technologies. It can cause great emotional harm to the target. Online communications can be very cruel and vicious, and they can be happening 24/7, the announcement notes. Damaging text and images can be widely disseminated and impossible to fully remove. Teens are reluctant to tell adults—for fear of overreaction, restriction from online activities, and possible retaliation by the cyberbully. There are emerging reports of youth suicide and violence related to cyberbullying.

Among the points made in the announcement and discussed in the book are the following:

Cyberthreats are either direct threats or distressing material that raises concerns that the person may be considering committing an act of violence against others or self. It is highly likely that young people who are distressed and contemplating an act of violence are posting clues to this distress and their potential actions online.

Responding to cyberbullying and cyberthreats is emerging as one of the more challenging issues facing educators as young people embrace the Internet and other mobile communication technologies. While much, but possibly not all, of this activity is occurring off-campus, the impact on the well-being of students and the school climate can be significant. As this book outlines, there are many effective ways that schools can, and must, respond to address these serious concerns.

Author Nancy E. Willard has spent over a decade focusing on issues of Internet use management in schools. Her underlying objective is to empower young people with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to make safe and responsible choices when using the Internet-and to encourage adult involvement to ensure that they do.

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Source: Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use,

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