Facebook launches safety tips as part of anti-bullying week

The Guardian
The theme of this year’s National Anti-Bullying-Week, which starts today, is cyber-bullying. In fact, after name calling cyber-bullying is the most common type of bullying, as a recent study for the Department for Children, Schools and Families revealed. It is an issue has to be taken seriously: 47% of 14-year-olds in the survey reported bullying. Its impact continues as kids get older: 41% of 15-year-olds and 29% of 16-year-olds report facing the problem.
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Kevin Kaneta: Cerebral Palsy made vulnerable to bullying

By Jane Slater
Denver 7NEWS
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Kevin Kaneta, 15, said walking is hard enough but school is a nightmare.

Kaneta, who was born with cerebral palsy, said he has been the target of bullying since third grade and each year, it gets worse. When asked, “Why?” Kaneta said it had to do with his disability.

“They go after me because they see me as a vulnerable target,” said Kaneta.
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Holly Grogan, 15, leapt to death ‘after abuse from Facebook bullies’

By Steve Bird
The Times online
The parents of a 15-year-old public schoolgirl who jumped 30ft to her death from a road bridge blamed her suicide on the “huge pressure” and “modern complexities” of social networking websites.

Holly Grogan died last week after she fell on to a busy dual carriageway and was hit by passing traffic.
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UK school girl: Facebook bully affected my every moment for 4 years

The Sun
A girl tormented by a Facebook bully told how the abuse affected her “every waking moment”.
Victim Emily Moore, 18, was hounded for four years by Keeley Houghton — who ended up threatening to kill her.

And after Houghton became the first person in Britain to be jailed for internet bullying, Emily said: “I am so relieved. My blood used to run cold reading her comments.”
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British teen is country’s first jailed for Facebook bullying

By Helen Carter
The Guardian
Malvern, Worcestershire — A teenager who posted death threats on Facebook has become the first person in Britain to be jailed for bullying on a social networking site.

Keeley Houghton, 18, of Malvern, Worcestershire, has been sentenced to three months in a young offenders’ institution after she posted a message saying that she would kill Emily Moore. She pleaded guilty to harassment.
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Mumbai: Clinics seeing more victims of peer’s cyber-bulling

Meghna Singhania’s parents recently noticed that their 11-year-old daughter had become quiet and withdrawn to such an extent that the Std VII student refused to get out of her house. On probing she revealed that she had received some emails from someone who had threatened to molest her.

Largely considered a western phenomenon till recently, cyber-bullying is making its dubious mark in India. And though more and more students are turning to the internet to defame and play pranks on their peers or teachers, very few parents and educationists are aware of the menacing effects of cyber-bullying.
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School bullying out of control, say British Columbia parents

Squamish — Parents of bullied children and victims themselves have expressed both anger and hope on the newly formed Facebook group “Bully Free Howe Sound.”

“I am so happy this group is here because I felt rather alone,” wrote the mother of one bullied boy, who has a mild form of autism. “Haven’t any of the incidents in schools such as Columbine shown that bullying has to stop? There should be a no tolerance policy in place and used to its fullest extent.”

Bianca Peters formed the group three weeks ago — 10 months after her son began experiencing harassment and assaults at his school. Peters said she was at her wit’s end because her son’s school and the school district were ineffective in dealing with the bullying.

“It began with one child telling my son to go kill himself at the beginning of the year and ended with him being beaten up by another boy while on a school sponsored trip at the end of the year. The events during the in between months have been overwhelming,” states Peters on the website.

She said she was livid when a year-end report card alluded to her son’s responsibility in his own victimization, describing her son in a way she says she’d never heard of before. Full story.