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    • Cyber Bullying and Facebook

      5 years ago

      The Rooster Teeth Safe Room

      So hopefully if you've read the last few news posts you will know what cyber bullying is, and also how to take steps to prevent it.

      Today I'm going to have a look at Facebook. What do you do if you think you are being cyber bullied there?

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      This diagram shows exactly what to do and where to go for help for each instance. Click it for a bigger picture.

      Facebook also has the Family Safety Center which provides information, tools and resources to help keep you safe on their site.

      Lastly Facebook has a really helpful FAQ's section with a video too that sets out the options clearly for you so you can hopefully quickly resolve the issue.

      I'm not on Facebook so I can't comment, but have you ever had to block someone on Facebook? Have you ever had to use the Report feature? Was it an easy process? Start the conversation in the comments.

      More more support visit CyberSmile.org


      Post edited 3/10/14 8:17AM

    • Tips for Preventing Cyberbullying Online

      5 years ago

      The Rooster Teeth Safe Room

      I asked top anti-cyber bullying charity CyberSmile what to do if you think you are being cyber bullied online, here are their top tips:

      1. NEVER REPLY

      Do not respond to abusive messages or threats. It could make things worse and you might be accused of cyberbullying.

      2. TELL SOMEONE STRAIGHT AWAY

      Don't try and deal with this alone - talk to your parents, a family member, a teacher or a friend about it.

      3. SAVE ANY ABUSIVE MESSAGES

      Record and store any abusive messages, they could be used as evidence.

      4. BLOCK AND REPORT

      You can stop someone from sending you abusive messages and posting nasty comments by blocking and reporting them to the site administrator.

      5. ASK YOUR SCHOOL

      Ask what support your school can offer.

      6. NEVER GIVE PASSWORDS

      Don't give your passwords to your friends, you could lose control of your own personal information.

      7. NEVER ARRANGE TO MEET

      If anyone you don't know tries to arrange to meet you, tell someone immediately (more for under 18s).

      8. THINK BEFORE YOU ‘CLICK’

      Many arguments start with a misunderstanding, so think about what you really want to say before you start to write. Read more about Netiquette here!

      9. DON’T GET CAUGHT UP

      Avoid becoming involved in cyberbullying campaigns. Don’t pass on a comment, message or picture just because “everyone is doing itâ€. Stop and think.

      10. REPORT CYBERBULLYING

      If you know someone is being cyberbullied don't stand by and let them suffer. Report it - anonymously if you like - to your school or a responsible adult/ site admin/ website support.

      For more information and support, visit CyberSmile.org

    • Netiquette on Social Networking Sites

      5 years ago

      The Rooster Teeth Safe Room

      I would like to start by reminding members of the community that The Rooster Teeth Safe Room is for advice on dealing with cyber bullying on all social networking sites. The advice will carry over all of the sites mentioned in the group description.

      I want to talk today about Netiquette. Netiquette exists to help people to communicate more effectively whilst online, and so avoid unnecessary misunderstandings and potential conflicts.

      WHAT IS NETIQUETTE?

      Netiquette is a new term to many of us. It combines two words: internet and etiquette, and is defined as:

      ‘Showing courtesy and respect to other internet users, just as you would in real life.’

      WHY IS IT NECESSARY?

      Written communication takes place without the benefit of body language, tone of voice or facial expressions, which means there can be uncertainty about what someone is really saying.

      This is why most sites where users can communicate in this way have accepted rules of behaviour. These codes of practice have developed to ensure people are able to communicate clearly and avoid misunderstandings.

      Each site – whether a discussion board, social network or forum – will have their own rules about how to use their site responsibly, so always read them before you start posting.

      EXAMPLES OF GOOD NETIQUETTE

      - Include context. When commenting on a message thread it is good netiquette to include a relevant quote from the original message to give context to your comment.
      - Check, then click. Before you post a comment, double check that you are saying exactly what you want to say. One small error can completely change the meaning of your message, so read and read again before sending. We are only human. Remember that an actual person with real feelings, beliefs, imperfections and emotions is behind every message, email or comment. It's sometimes easy to get carried away and write something that you would not dream of saying to someone's face.
      - Do you get it? Jokes, dark humour and sarcasm are often difficult to convey over the internet. So to avoid potential misunderstandings always indicate the humourous nature of your comment. You could do this by using emoticons, putting “lol†(laugh out loud) at the end of the message or by starting with a phrase like, “On a lighter note...â€
      - Newbies. We were all once new to emails, messaging and forum posts, so always try and help someone new who is making mistakes.
      - Be yourself. If you want to get the most out of communicating online, be yourself. Making up false profiles and alter egos will only discourage people from talking openly with you and taking you seriously. Remember that most trolls and cyberbullies use false profiles, so be careful not to be taken as one.
      - Express yourself. Don't be afraid to express yourself openly and honestly. Netiquette is not about restricting expression but about making it easier for people to understand.
      - Allow others to express themselves too. Remember that everybody has an opinion, so allow them to express it. You may have to agree to disagree on many issues, but just make your point and move on. Don’t let a simple difference of opinion escalate into an argument.
      - Don’t SHOUT. Avoid writing whole words or sentences in capital letters. This is the equivalent of someone SCREAMING IN YOUR EAR!
      - Respect people’s privacy. Don't pass on another person’s private information or photos unless you have their permission. Not only is this bad netiquette but you may also be accused of cyberbullying or online harassment.
      - Avoid conflict. Trading insults and abuse – also known as ‘flaming’ – is not good netiquette. It is pointless and negative and could get you banned from the site. Avoid being drawn into fights and never post abuse on someone’s message board.

      To find out more/get help or advice visit CyberSmile.org

    • What exactly is Cyber Bullying?

      5 years ago

      The Rooster Teeth Safe Room

      The discussion has begun on the website. What is cyber-bullying? Is it as serious as we are making it out? Do people really cyber-bully on this site? The community seems to have their own opinions, some were slightly worrying... So I contacted CyberSmile. They define cyber bullying as:

      “Cyberbullying (noun): The use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature: children may be reluctant to admit to being the victims of cyberbullying"
      It can be perpetrated by individuals or a group of people and often (but not exclusively) involves teenage and pre-teen age groups.


      METHODS


      DIFFERENT FORMS OF CYBERBULLYING

      There are a number of methods cyberbullies use to carry out online hate campaigns:

      IDENTITY THEFT / IMPERSONATION

      Breaking into another person’s social network account, changing the password and then using the account to send abusive messages/images to the victim’s contacts and friends.

      OUTING – OR MIS-USE OF PERSONAL DATA

      The publishing of private and personal information in order to humiliate and embarrass the victim.

      SEXTING OR “FLASHINGâ€

      The sending of images/videos of a sexual nature via phone. Some teenagers send provocative photos of themselves to each other. But if relationships breakdown the images can be sent into the public domain maliciously. Some victims are tricked into posing for such photos and can find themselves being manipulated or even blackmailed.

      FALSE PROFILES / ACCOUNTS

      The creation of a fake profile/account using someone else's personal data and photos. These pages are often malicious and may include racist, violent, sexual or otherwise offensive material. The victim is powerless to stop this and can spend months trying to get the account closed down, often to no avail.

      SLUT SHAMING

      The targeting of girls - mostly by other girls - for wearing seemingly provocative clothes and make up. Pages are set up and victims’ photographs are published alongside abusive and insulting comments.

      OTHER TERMS USED FOR CYBERBULLYING INCLUDE:

      “Flaming†- where the abuse is like an online fight with hostile abuse and threats.

      “Dissing†- or disrespecting; the spreading of rumours, gossip and lies.

      I also want you to watch CyberSmile's #DontRetaliate video. I don't care if this advice only helps one person on this whole site... because that could potentially save that one person's life.
      (just a warning, the video is pretty shocking)

      Remember, these are not my personal opinions here. These are facts from the leading anti cyber bullying charity in the world.

      Thank you for reading. Please remember, you are not alone. smiley12.gif

    • A Plan: with CyberSmile

      5 years ago

      The Rooster Teeth Safe Room

      Hello everyone smiley1.gif

      First off I just want to say thank you to everyone who has joined the group, everyone who has spread awareness of the group, to everyone who has took part in the group forums and to the groups who proudly display the "Bully Free Zone" banner. Keep it up everybody!

      The more awareness this group gets, the more apparent the cyber bullying problem is. I will be highlighting the following issues in the weeks to come, so hopefully we can try and stop the bullying and also support those who have experienced it:

      - New members: Finding your place in the Rooster Teeth Community
      I've been told by some new members that they find it hard to "find their place" within the community. We will try and think of easy ways to help newcomers feel more at home here.

      - New members vs Veteran Members
      New members have just as much right to be here and participate as much or as little as they please. I've had complaints that some "veteran" members of the community actively put down some new community members. We will find ways to help new community members and hopefully convince veteran members that there is room for everybody.

      - Forums
      Another reoccurring complaint. The forums are very hit and miss. You can have a really great forum, but cyber bullying is still present. We will be highlighting clear guidelines on forum etiquette and what to do if you think you are being bullied.

      - Sponsor Chat Rooms
      One that I have had personal experience of. We pay to be sponsors. So why can't we be made to feel welcome in our chat rooms? They have a stigma of being "a chat room for the elitists". We have to change the reputation of the Sponsor chat for the better. We should feel welcome there, not fear them.

      - Site Admins/Forum Mods.
      Rather worryingly, members feel they cannot talk to Site Admins or Forum Moderators as they come across as cold or unwelcoming. We need to let members know that Site Admins/Forum Mods are not to be feared. They are here for our safety.

      - Down-votes or down-mods.
      A feature of the site that can be used to highlight a genuine dislike to something offensive... But also can be misused so easily. We can't stop the down votes, but we can help people realise that there is so much more to the site than a down vote or two.

      To help us with these issues, I will be keeping in regular contact with the cyber-bullying charity CyberSmile. If anyone knows how to deal with cyber bullying, it's them. They gave me these general tips that we can expand on in future:

      1. Don’t retaliate. If victims are older it may be good to send a short statement along the lines of “Please do not contact me again†but generally any reaction can exacerbate the problem as cyberbullies want the emotional reaction from you.
      2. Block and report. Don’t put up with the messages. If at all possible, block the user and report them to the site/app administrators.
      3. Keep evidence. Record and keep screenshots or printouts of cyberbullying behaviour, in case you should need it in future action that must be taken.


      If you have any other topics you want to be covered, please feel free to add them in the comments section.
      Remember, you are not alone. smiley12.gif

    • A Promise

      5 years ago

      The Rooster Teeth Safe Room

      Hey guys,

      Again, I would like to thank you for supporting such a worthy cause, we can beat cyber bullying if we stand together.

      Now, this is a message to all group admins. I have created a banner of sorts to display on the front page (description) of your group. (I know it's not perfect but it gets the message across clearly.)

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      This will show community members that you will not stand for cyber bullying in your group, and people can feel safer in your forums, activities etc.

      Once you have done that, send me a link to your group with the banner displayed and I will add you to a list of groups here that are actively trying to stamp down on bullying.

      Thank you. Remember, we can beat this together. You are not alone. smiley12.gif

    • Spread the word?

      5 years ago

      The Rooster Teeth Safe Room

      Hello smiley1.gif

      First of all I want to say thank you to those of you who have joined the group so far. I really appreciate your help and support in getting this idea off the ground.

      If any of you could, and I know a few of you have already, but could you mention this group in your next journal or news post? I'll be putting up a journal today. You may not think much of it after reading this... But I've been doing some research and here's the facts:

      REASONS WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION

      - 90% of young victims do not inform adults of online bullying issues
      - Girls are twice as likely to experience cyberbullying
      - In the US the National Centres For Disease Control estimates that 16% of teens contemplate suicide before graduation
      - Over 40% of all UK High School children have been bullied online and one in four have suffered repeated incidents
      - The American Academy of Paediatrics calls cyberbullying the “most common online risk for all teensâ€
      - Cyberbullying can lead to depression, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, self-harming, social isolation and, in the worst cases, suicide.

      These statistics are pretty shocking, and if we can spread the word about this safe haven then maybe we can help some of the victims in these statistics.

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      Thank you smiley1.gifsmiley12.gif

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