if only The NYPD could have taken down the Bullying Site, RipOff Report's misrepresentations of us, Ms. Shields wouldn't have had any reason to react as innapropriately as she had.
***This is intended to reach an audience to demonstrate cyber-bullying and to help young children who are Cyber-Bullied.
We were bullied in 2010 after a friend stole from Kathy Rinaldi Hope. Michael Levine of Morristown, NJ was reported to the Morristown Police Department for theft and he retaliated by reporting KRH to an extortion site RipOff Report.
We thought we were adult enough to handle cyber bullying- we were wrong. Had I known now, I'd have suicided back in 2010. Had I died back then maybe we wouldn't have lost my baby sister this past July, 2016.
I'd like to say one can survive online bullying, but we're proof you cannot.
CYBERBULLYING AND SOCIAL MEDIA
A greater proportion of middle school students are now using Instagram compared to Facebook.
Approximately 43% of the students report experiencing cyberbullying during their lifetime.
15% of students admitted to cyberbullying others during their lifetime.
Adolescent girls are more likely to have experienced cyberbullying in their lifetime (40.6% compared to 28.2%). The type of cyberbullying tends to be different among gender; girls are more likely to post mean comments online while boys are more likely to post hurtful pictures or videos online.
Cyberbullying has negative effects on victims, such as lowering self-esteem, increasing depression and producing feelings of powerlessness (Anderson, Bresnahan, & Musatics, 2014).
Among overweight adolescents, 61% have received mean or embarrassing posts online and 59% have received mean texts, e-mails or instant messages (Anderson, Bresnahan, & Musatics, 2014).
Because the National Crime Victimization Survey data is weighted to represent the entire enrolled 9th-12th grade student population, it is estimated that about 2.2 million students experienced cyberbullying in 2011. Of the 9% of students that reported being cyberbullied in the National Crime Victimization Survey compared to 6.2% in 2009 (National Center for Education Statistics [NCES], 2013):
When asked about cyberbullying in the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCES, 2013):
Of the students that reported cyberbullying (Zweig, Dank, Lachman & Yahner, 2013):
As of 2010, 8% of public schools reported that cyberbullying had occurred among students daily or at least once a week at school or away from school. Of the schools who reported having cyberbullying situations, 4% reported that the school environment was affected by cyberbullying (U.S. Department of Education & U.S. Department of Justice of Justice Programs, 2013).
From 2006-2012, reports show teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites (Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2013).
Since 2011, teen Twitter use has grown significantly from 16% to 24% (Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2013).
In focus group discussion, teens indicated they dislike the increasing adult presence, excessive sharing, and stressful “drama” on Facebook (Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2013).
60% of teen Facebook users keep their profiles private and most report high levels of confidence in their ability to manage their account settings (Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2013).
Teen social media users do not express a high level of concern (9%) about third-party access to their data (Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2013).
As of 2012, teen social media users are sharing more personal information in their profiles (Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2013):
Older teen social media users (14-17) more frequently share certain types of information on their profiles than younger teen social media users (12-13) (Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2013):
16% of teen social media users have set up their profile to automatically include their location in their posts (Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2013).
26% of teen social media posts include false information like a fake name, age, or location to help protect their privacy (Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2013).
Teens who are concerned about third party access to their personal information are also more likely to engage in online reputation management (Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2013).
Among teen social media users, those who are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about third party access, are more likely to (Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2013):
1 in 6 online teens say they have been contacted online by someone they did not know in a way that made them feel scared or uncomfortable (Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2013).
More than 57% of internet-using teens have decided not to post content online over reputation concerns (Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2013).
44% of youth have lied about their age to gain access to restricted websites and online accounts (Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2013).
95% of all teens ages 12-17 are now online and 80% of online teens are users of social media sites (Pew Research Center Internet Project, 2011).
12 months prior to the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey, 16.2% of students had been electronically bullied, including being bullied through e-mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, websites, or texting (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2011).
69% of teen social media users think that peers are mostly kind to each other on social media site, 20% say that peers are mostly unkind, and 11% think that “it depends” (Pew Research Internet Project, 2011).
88% of social media-using teens have witnessed other people being mean or cruel on social networking sites (Pew Research Internet Project, 2011).
15% of social media-using teens say they have been the target of online meanness (Pew Research Internet Project, 2011).
65% of teens social media users have had an experience on a social networking site that made them feel good about themselves and 58% have felt closer to another person because of an experience on social media (Pew Research Internet Project, 2011).
41% of teens who use social media say they have experienced at least one of the negative outcomes we asked about (Pew Research Internet Project, 2011):
19% of teens have been bullied in the past year in some form (Pew Research Internet Project, 2011):
95% of teen social media users who have witnessed cruel behavior on social media sites say they have seen others ignore the mean behavior (55% report witnessing this “frequently”), while 84% have seen people defend the person being harassed (27% report witnessing this “frequently”), and 84% have seen others tell someone to stop (20% report witnessing this “frequently”) (Pew Research Internet Project, 2011).
2/3 of teenagers who have witnessed online cruelty have also witnessed others joining in and 21% of teens say they have joined the harassment themselves (Pew Research Internet Project, 2011).
Teens rely most heavily on their parents and peers for advice about online behaviors and coping with challenging experiences (Pew Research Internet Project, 2011).
36% of teen social media users who have witnessed online cruelty seek advice on how to deal and 92% of those who ask for advice say that the advice they receive was “helpful” (Pew Research Internet Project, 2011).
85% of parent of youth ages 13-17 report their child has a social networking account (American Osteopathic Association, 2011).
52% of parents are worried their child will be bullied via social networking sites (American Osteopathic Association, 2011).
1 in 6 parents know their child has been bullied via a social networking site (American Osteopathic Association, 2011).
In 2011, 7.5 million (or more than 1/3) of all 20 million minors who actively used Facebook were younger than 13 and not technically permitted to use the site (Consumer Reports, 2011).
Among young Facebook users, more than 5 million were 10 years old and under, and their accounts were largely unsupervised by parents (Consumer Reports, 2011).
From 2010-2011, 1 million children reported being harassed, threatened, or subjected to other forms of cyberbullying on Facebook (Consumer Reports, 2011).
43% of teens reported that they have experienced cyberbullying (National Crime Prevention Council [NCPC], 2007).
Only 23% of teens reported being cyberbullied by someone they did not know (NCPC, 2007).
27% of teens report that their parents have no idea what they are doing online (NCPC, 2007).
42% of kids have been bullied while online. 1 in 4 have had it happen more than once (i-SAFE, 2004).
35% of kids have been threatened online. Nearly 1 in 5 have had it happen more than once (i-SAFE, 2004).
21% of kids have received mean or threatening e-mails or other messages (i-SAFE, 2004).
56% of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. More than 4 out of 10 say it has happened more than once (i-SAFE, 2004).
53% of kids admit having said something mean or hurtful to another person online. More than 1 in 3 have done it more than once (i-SAFE, 2004).
56% have not told their parents or an adult about something mean or hurtful that happened to them online (i-SAFE, 2004).
BULLYING IS LEARNED BEHAVIOR.
Parents May Be Teaching Teens to Be BulliesHigh schools students may mimic bullying behavior they see at home.
Some teens may learn bullying behavior from their parents.
When Wisconsin news anchor Jennifer Livingston was called fat by a viewer, she got a firsthand taste of the kind of bullying many high school students confront on a daily basis.
More than 20 percent of teens report being the target of name calling, 18 percent say they were the subject of rumors, and 17 percent reported either physical harassment—shoving, tripping, or being spit on—or the threat of violent actions, according to a 2011 report by the U.S. Department of Education.
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This behavior is often learned by example, Livingston said during an on-air response to her bully, noting that October is National Bullying Prevention Month. And more often than not, parents are the ones setting that example, experts say.
"If you are at home and you're talking about the fat news anchor, guess what, your children are probably going to go to school and call someone fat," Livingston said.
While few parents aim to instill bad habits in their children, there are several ways they may inadvertently teach their teens to bully, says Jeff Brown, a licensed psychologist and assistant clinical professor of psychology in the psychiatry department at Harvard University.
Students pick up on how parents talk about others, but they are also tuned into how their parents treat one another, he says.
"Do they see mom bullying dad, or dad bullying mom? Man, that is a powerful way … to influence behaviors," Brown says.
Bullying between parents can take the form of overt verbal abuse, but it can also be a more subtle over-extension of power, he adds.
"[If] dad is demanding and things need to be done for him all the time, and mom has to see about everything … almost like his personal assistant, the kid might go out and try that as well just because it was modeled," he says.
Fostering a sense of entitlement in teens who excel academically or athletically is another way well-intentioned parents may inadvertently breed bullies, says Nicole Yetter, an educational consultant and high school guidance counselor in the Philadelphia suburbs.
Common perceptions of teens who bully is that they have low self-esteem, but recent research shows the opposite may also be true, Yetter says.
"Some of the kids who demonstrate that bullying behavior actually are very entitled. They feel very empowered; they feel very grandiose," she says.
In some cases, those teens even bully their parents, says Harvard's Brown.
"If you've not had limits, your kid hasn't been able to hear the word 'no,' that's scary because that is definitely a breeding ground for bullying," he says. "When a kid can bully parents, the sky is the limit for them at that point."
“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”