Help Stop Online Violence: KNOW to Say NO NOW

KNOW the Facts 

  • Social networking, if it was a country, would be the second largest country (soon to be the largest)
  • 62 percent are visiting social networks, while only 15 percent are doing research/work for school
  • 74 percent access the Web on mobile phones
  • 52 percent say they have been a victim of cyberbullying
  • Less than 1 in 5 cyberbullying incidents are reported
  • 37 percent of students report being bullied at school
  • 50 percent of 12th grade girls spend at least 10 hours per week texting on their cell phones
  • 22 percent of teens say they have sexted
  • 15 percent of teens say they have sent nude photos to someone they have never met

KNOW the Potential Internet Threats?

  • Violence/harm or harm to self (kidnapping, suicide)
  • Personal violence/harm/abuse/rape (stalkers, remember more than 90 percent of sexual assaults are from people you know.)
  • Nudity/sexual content (sexting, porn)
  • Inappropriate content (receiving or asking you to send questionable content, linking to inappropriate sites, cheating)
  • Alcohol/smoking/drug abuse
  • Human trafficking (wanting you to meet somewhere or can they meet you at your home)

KNOW the Signs

Help others understand that some information should be private.

  • Personal identifying information (locations, birth date, Social Security number)
  • Pictures (personal in nature, identify personal locations)
  • Do not know them personally, don't share (Remember they may be a friend now, but friendships can turn soar.)

Stop cyber bullying (Bullying leads to stalking. Stalking leads to relationship violence.)

  • Alert someone in authority.
  • There are laws against cyber bullying; use them.

The threat of online predators is real.

  • Out of nowhere a complete stranger contacts you, don’t let them have you at, "Hello."
  • If a stranger or acquaintance is being nice, it usually is too good to be true.
  • Predators usually seek out the vulnerable and those who are lonely.
  • If a stranger or acquaintance sends you gifts, be cautious and aware of possible issues.

Report online concerns to a close friend, parent or JCCC police, college officials or counselors.

Use common sense filters.

  • If it does not feel right, trust your gut.
  • Use software filters that monitor communications.
  • Ask yourself if the public knew about what is being shown or said, would you be embarrassed? If so, it's probably not a good idea.

NOW Be an active Bystander

  • When you see a friend is posting or saying things that have potential to harm, say something.
  • Question your friend if they are connecting with a complete stranger.
  • Contact a person in authority for a friend. Anonymous reporting is an option.
  • Report cyber bullying. Stop the abuse earlier before it leads to more harmful activity.
  • Help others lock down social networking settings to keep the strangers out.

Say NO to Inappropriate Content

  • Do not forward, copy, download or share the content.
  • Determine if the person in possession of the content has shared it.
  • Minimize the number of devices and people involved.
  • Contact law enforcement if appropriate.
  • If a document or conversation needs to be saved, do not include images.

The KNOW program is JCCC’s prevention and education efforts to help stop relationship violence in support of title IX, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, the SaVE Act and Clery.