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Kidzworld needs YOU to fight cyber bullying

Jul 13, 2011

Recently Facebook and Time Warner announced a giant campaign to fight cyber bullying and here at Kidzworld, we’re thrilled! More companies need to realize that the web, while a fun place for kids to chat and interact, can also be a dangerous place

This list is compiled from CyberBullying.us and has some very shocking statistics:

Youth Cyber Bullying Statistics

The following statistics are adapted from the youth research compiled at CyberBullying.us:

  • 33 percent of youth have been victimized by cyber bullying.
  • Among this percentage, being ignored and disrespected were the most common forms of cyber bullying.
  • The primary cyber bullying location where victimizing occurs is in chat rooms (56 percent).
  • Following chat rooms, 49 percent are victimized via instant message and 28 percent via e-mail.
  • 34 percent of youth who are bullied feel frustrated, 30 percent angry and 22 percent feel sad.
  • Oddly, because many studies show that females often deal with harder situations by becoming sad, this particular study suggests that females feel much angrier than males about being cyber-bullied.
  • 41 percent of victims do not tell anyone in their off-screen lives about their abuse, but 38 percent did tell an online friend.
  • The situation only improved for 19 percent of victims when they did tell someone about the bullying.
  • 17 percent admitted to bullying another individual online.
  • Of the offenders interviewed most considered it fun or instructive; such as a way to strengthen their victims.
  • More than half of study participants feel that cyber bullying is as bad, or worse, as bullying in real life.

We take your safety very seriously, and we want each and every one of you to do the same for one another. Bullying hurts, period. And cyber bullying is getting worse and worse as every day. Not sure what cyber bullying is? Well it is "when the Internet, cell phones or other devices are used to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person". Hurting or embarrassing each other isn’t fun, right? It also isn’t fun to be the one being hurt of embarrassed. Help us put a STOP to that! You’ve done great jobs sharing your experiences and knowledge about bullying, helping each other when someone asks for help, and we love that and want that to continue. But even beyond that, we want you to be really careful about what you say to one another, in your online and offline lives.

So Kidzworlders, help us make cyber bullying history and keep using Kidzworld the way it is meant to be, a safe, fun place where you can chat with other kids all over the world, play games, do quizzes, learn about celebrities and share what it’s like to be a kid!

Huge thanks and high fives,

The KW Team

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PittsburghPenguinsFanatic
"aftershock" wrote: "NicolletteA" wrote: no. and you sound like the marketing people that stop me at the mall.  :/ lol, I'm not, i just kno someone whos making a new app and wanted to see if any1 would use it.   BTW what do u say to the marketing people at the mall? No. I don't like those people at the mall. Sometimes, they ask my family and I (usually directed at my mom and sister, but sometimes at me, too. Even though I'm under 13. Not for long though.) if they want their hair done. And sometimes I'm so tempted to say, "No thank you. I did my hair today. Do you think I want it done?" But of course I never do. It's kinda disrespectful. So we just usually say No thank you. My mom, sister, and I now have a solution for that (my idea when I was maybe ages 9-11) Don't make eye contact with them and pretend that they aren't there.
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BookWorm86
This is GREAT advice! Thx a lot StephRox!:) I have a younger brother & he can be EXASPERATING at times lol! Great advice!!:D
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Arenl
Arenl posted in Family Issues:
My little brother is annoying as ever, but I have to handle him. He is my brother after all.
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Arenl
Arenl posted in Family Issues:
@Sophieeee I definitely agree with you.
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Sophieeee
 Loosing a parent is hard, your dad knows that and I'm sure that he misses your mom just as much as you do. Whether you explain to him how you are feeling or not, you should know that your Dad will always love you and admitting to him how you feel isn't going to change that. Although it is completely understandable how you feel, you need to let your dad move one eventually. It's not fair to him if he has to spend the rest of his life alone. Even though you might not see it, its a good thin that your dad is finally feeling comfortable enough to date. It doesn't mean that he is letting go of your mom or that he will forget about her, it means that he is moving on with his life. You lost your mother and he lost the love of his life. Dating other people will probably start off being just as hard for him as it is for you. My advice is that you talk to your dad. Let him know how you feel in the most gentle and understanding way that you can. Don't flat out say that you don't want him dating anyone, tell him that you still miss your mom and its hard to see him with other people. Let me know how it goes, good luck. :)
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