We welcomed some of Iwog's youngest members to the meeting at Ingle Hall, including Lynne's new grandson pictured here (although it's not strictly allowed to have male members, we thought, he's so young, what harm can he do?) and the very beautiful Zoe (pictured on the link to this page). Ahhhh.
There was a great turn out for this interesting talk on cyberbullying by IWOG member, physicist Vasiliki Gountsidou-Iakovou. A brief summary featured in the newsletter includes this information:-
Types of cyberbullying
1. Flaming: a type of online fight.
2. Denigration: intentional damage the victim’s reputation
3. Bash boards: on line bulletin boards to post
anything mean, hateful and malicious.
4. Impersonation: breaking into someone’s account or
stealing a password.
5. Outing: Private messages or images meant for private
viewing, forwarded to others.
6. Trickery: when a person purposely tricks another
7. Exclusion: intentionally exclude someone from
8. Happy slapping: a relative new type of bullying
using mobile phones.
9. Text wars or attacks: when several people gang up
on the victim.
10. Online polls: ask readers to vote on specific questions.
11. Sending malicious code intentionally, to
damage or harm the victim’s system or to share
12. Teachers and other educators are being targeted
electronically. Some teachers are insulted or
humiliated and the image or video is then
Children are natives of cyberspace
Teachers’ and parents’ experience in new technologies
cannot even be compared with those of young people.
Mobile phone is a direct extension of touch, vision
and hearing for worldwide navigation.
In cyberbullying, the bully is anonymous and his
action has infinite expandability. [In previous generations]
parents were aware of the “landscape”, the
place where their children lived and played, their
school and knew most of their friends. Nowadays
young people surf in cyberspace and talk and play
with their cyberfriends. They don’t know their faces,
only their profiles.
A new type of suicide has appeared: cybersuicide.
Cyberspace is the environment where our
teenagers live and communicate. Thanks to the extreme
development of new technologies, new means
of communication between children arise. In some
of these situations, in this second life, it is believed
that “the code is the law”.
Generally speaking, the whole issue is like a dipole,
where the one pole is cyberbullying and the other is
the limits of freedom of speech and actions.
• Recognize techniques used by online
predators to deceive their victims.
• Refuse requests for personal information.
• Respond assertively if you are ever in
an uncomfortable situation while online.
Exit the program, log off or turn
off the computer…
• Report, to a parent or other trusted
adult, any suspicious or dangerous contact
that makes you uncomfortable.
Thanks to everyone who came and we look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.