ONLINE NOW, BULLIES!
By Amantha Hons, SS Reporter
Facebook. MySpace. Twitter. Chances are, you have visited one of these, or many other, social networking sites. There are millions of people online. But as the number of young users rises, so do the number of cyberbullying crimes. The playground bully is now online.
What is cyberbullying?
According to www.stopcyberbullying.org, “Cyberbullying is when a child, preteen, or teen is tormented, threatened, harrassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen, or teen using the Internet.” Cyberbullying is a serious issue. Kids ridicule, tease, and threaten each other online or through text messages. Anyone can be a cyberbully, even the victims themselves. Children have even lost their lives because of cyberbullying.
How do you know if its “cyberbullying”?
www.stopcyberbullying.org says this:
“The kind of threat:
- The communication uses lewd language
- The communication insults your child directly (“You are stupid!”)
- The communication threatens your child vaguely (“I’m going to get you!”)
- The communication threatens your child with bodily harm. (“I’m going to beat you up!”)
- There is a general serious threat. (“There is a bomb in the school!” or “Don’t take the school bus today!”)
- The communication threatens your child with serious bodily harm or death (“I am going to break your legs!” or “I am going to kill you!”)
The frequency of the threats:
- It is a one-time communication
- The communication is repeated in the same or different ways
- The communications are increasing
- Third-parties are joining in and communications are now being received from (what
- appears to be) additional people
The source of the threats:
- Your child knows who is doing this
- Your child thinks they know who is doing this
- Your child has no idea who is doing this
- The messages appear to be from several different people
The nature of the threats:
- Repeated e-mails or IMs
- Following the child around online, into chat rooms, favorite Web sites, etc.
- Building fake profiles, Web sites or posing as your child’s e-mail or IM
- Planting statements to provoke third-party stalking and harassment
- Signing your child up for porn sites and e-mailing lists and junk e-mail and IM.
- Breaking in to their accounts online
- Stealing or otherwise accessing their passwords
- Posting images of the child online (taken from any source, including video and photo phones)
- Posting real or doctored sexual images of the child online
- Sharing personal information about the child
- Sharing intimate information about the child (sexual, special problems, etc.)
- Sharing contact information about the child coupled with a sexual solicitation (“for a good time call …” or “I am interested in [fill in the blank] sex…”)
- Reporting the child for real or provoked terms of service violations (“notify wars” or “warning wars”)
- Encouraging that others share their top ten “hit lists,” or ugly lists, or slut lists online and including your child on that list.
- Posting and encouraging others to post nasty comments on your child’s blog.
- Hacking your child’s computer and sending your child malicious codes.
- Sending threats to others (like the president of the United States) or attacking others while posing as your child.
- Copying others on your child’s private e-mail and IM communications.
- Posting bad reviews or feedback on your child without cause.
- Registering your child’s name and setting up a bash Web site or profile.
- Posting rude or provocative comments while posing as your child (such as insulting racial minorities at a Web site devoted to that racial minority).
- Sending spam or malware to others while posing as your child.
- Breaking the rules of a Web site or service while posing as your child.
- Setting up a vote for site (like “hot or not?”) designed to embarrass or humiliate your child.
- Masquerading as your child for any purpose.
- Posting your child’s text-messaging address or cell phone number online to encourage abuse and increase your child’s text-messaging or cell phone charges.
- Launching a denial of service attack on your child’s Web site
- Sending “jokes” about your child to others or mailing lists.”
If you feel like you’re the victim of cyberbullying, talk to someone. The school counselor, a parent, your teacher, and adult you trust. If the cyberbullying occasion is serious enough, contact the police.
Are you a cyberbully? Take this quiz to find out!
The Internet is a powerful tool, but it can be dangerous if it is abused.
According to www.isafe.org, in a survey of 1500 4-8 grade students, 42% of kids have been bullied while online and 35% of kids say they’ve been threatened. 53% of kids have said something mean and hurtful to another person online. 58% of kids haven’t told their parents about something hurtful that happened to them online.
In 2006, seventeen year old Rachael Neblett took her life because of cyberbullying. Rachael had a good life, she was happy. But she began receiving threatening emails on MySpace. The emails were violent, threatening, and anonymous. She told her friends and her sister about the emails, and her parents got involved in the issue. But on October 9, after receiving an email that said “… I am going to put you in the morgue,” Rachael took her own life. Her parents were convinced it was the “cyberstalking” that caused the young and happy girl to commit suicide. Rachael’s sister writes; “She was 17 when she died, and the most amazing girl you would ever meet. She was an out-going, loving, and caring person. You would never dream that she would do that to herself. But these days you just don’t know anyone anymore.”
There are many more stories just like Rachael’s. Kids who are bullied online until they can’t take it anymore. Mean comments, threatening emails, and other forms of cyberbullying have caused kids to take their own lives, and even sent some kids to court. In the case of Phoebe Prince, a fifteen year old girl from Massachusetts, nine teenagers were charged with “unrelenting” bullying that led to her suicide. Two others were charged with statutory rape.
Cyberbullying is a serious and scary issue. If you’ve been bullied or threatened online or through text message, let someone know. If you’re a cyberbully, STOP. You could be saving someones life.
For more information please visit www.stopcyberbullying.org.
Editorial by Courtney Holland, SS Reporter
Here in Atascosa County, the Jourdanton Independent School District takes pride in the way our schools are perceived by others. When our students are seen by others, the perception is that we are responsible and well behaved. This is in part due to our dress code rules.
” I’m glad we have a dress code, I like the way the students look,” says English teacher Debra McBeath. “they look very professional.”
As a member of the Jourdanton student body, I agree that our dress code does make us look neat. The shirt tucked in with a belt as well as trimmed hair gives us a more responsible look. It is not distracting in any way and we still have our own freedom to dress the way we want to express our personality.
However, not everyone follows the rules, and they can be enforced to great extremes at times.
A big percentage of the student body does not follow the dress code and because of that, we get punished with lunch detention or ISS. Yes, we should follow the rules at all times, but there are times that students are assigned detention without realizing they were out of compliance.
” It [the dress code] doesn’t change the way we learn, it gets us in trouble.” said Amber De Los Santos
When students are in detention or ISS, time is taken away from our school learning experience, and my opinion is this too extreme. I believe that morning detention will increase the number of students to follow the dress code, because no one wants to wake up early.
“I don’t have a problem with the dress code, I do have a problem with the way it is enforced, it should be the same for everyone.” stated Sergio Guerra
This school seems to be guilty of ‘favoring’ certain individuals. It seems that some do not get in trouble for many things including dress code. The administrators seem to turn their head whenever dealing with these individuals when it should be equal for everyone.
In conclusion, the dress code can be both a good thing and a bad thing depending on how you choose to use it. If you follow the rules, it should be easy sailing, but if you don’t you will have to deal with the consequences. You decide.
by Courtney Holland, SS Reporter
Teens all over the world are unique in their own way from being talented at sports to being the best member of an organization, but all have one thing in common, they love to drink energy drinks.
Energy drinks come in in different sizes, colors, and taste different from another, but they all come with the same side effects to them.
One can of Red Bull has 28 grams of sugar, this excess amount along with lack of exercise in your everyday activities can cause one to gain weight.
Along with the sugar, there is 80 grams of caffeine in each can of Red Bull which can cause one to have anxiousness, insomnia, nervousness, and restlessness.
Both sugar and caffeine can contribute to high blood pressure which later can lead to cardiovascular risks such as shortened breaths or rapid heartbeats.
Similar to Red bull, AMP has an excess amount of sugar in each can, which can also lead to obesity with lack of exercise and too much sugar.
AMP has a high amount of insulin that later can cause diabetes, arthritis and heart disease, but too much insulin can be very dangerous and can result in death.
The high amount of caffeine can cause an increased heart rate, along with chronic depression episodes as well as panic attacks; those already with disorders such as kidney disease or depression should limit their use on caffeine.
With the high amount of caffeine in your system, it will shortly give you energy caused by your heart rate increasing and your insulin increasing rapidly, but when everything decreases, it goes lower than normal thus creating ‘the crash’, you will have less energy than when you started drinking AMP.
Without the high amounts of caffeine in your system your body can go into a withdraw which can cause headaches, mood swings, or insomnia.
Monster is one of the most famous energy drinks, but also comes with risks similar to those of Red Bull and AMP.
They can cause dehydration due to your body not being able to absorb as much fluid as needed to hydrate you, this can cause headaches and also insomnia.
The sugar in Monster energy drinks can give your body a ‘high’ because of all the extra amount of sugar flowing through your blood system, this can cause a ‘crash’ which makes you more tired then what you were before you consumed the energy drink.
The caffeine in Monster’s and other energy drinks causes a major role in your health; insomnia, high blood pressure or heart disease.
Athletes drinking energy drinks have a high chance of dehydration resulting in headaches and nausea.
Drinking any energy drink comes with its own heath risks and anyone who drinks them should think of the risks that come with them and consume wisely.
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