Cyberbullying: Evolution

In this video from our cyberbullying course, learn all about the evolution of cyberbullies from the caveman era to now.

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Transcript

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the laws kept up or not kept up with the

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times while millions of years ago a bully was just

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a cave man with a bigger club than yours Meet

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the blur knacks Unfortunately for bambam blur nak his older

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brother curtis where the leopard skin in the family he

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was the one with a bigger club And well he

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wasn't afraid to use it First centuries the blur knacks

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continued their proud tradition of clubbing the living daylights out

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of the family's Weaker members but it's funny fish As

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the generations went by there were more and more bullies

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in the family I'm partly because once in a while

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somebody got club too hard and well yeah that's What

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happens but also because the bully was the dominant one

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They got the most food the best jobs in the

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cave factory And while the hottest gave women there was

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sort of a darwinian aspect to the bullying the strong

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iii The bullies would thrive and survive and reproduce while

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the weak would not it's the reason future generations of

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blur knox became more aggressive in everything they did it's

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all about survival hunting fighting each other inventing stuff and

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yeah it may be part of the reason we've come

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so far from our swinging in the trees days But

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while that aggressiveness can work wonders in arenas like business

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and politics it's not so good in other areas like

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caring for your family or raising your children Which is

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why the blur knacks were never named family of the

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year not recently fast forward a couple million years or

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well maybe a few hundred thousand were still in the

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pre internet days when you know dinosaurs roamed the earth

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Miraculously the blur neckline is hung in there One of

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billy blown axe chores is to go outside and whitewashed

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the fence Tom sawyer style he doesn't have any older

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brothers but the bullies down the street make sure he

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doesn't miss out on the experience They kick over his

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bucket grab the brush out of his hands and throw

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It into the street push him around and colin names

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no fun But it was better than being beaten with

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a club And at least billy knew where the threat

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was coming from Well a couple of generations later and

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learn acts are living it up in the sixties now

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there wishing they were back in their white washing days

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They live in new york city and it is an

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uncommon for someone to get knifed or even shot It's

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a little west side story out there Lovely technology progressed

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even further and the internet was born Uh dot com

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mongo blur Nak was especially excited about this development Are

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you kidding You can harass someone let out all your

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inner frustration and angst make all kinds of threat and

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your victims don't even know who you are Sweet He

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was in bully heaven Well the first thing mongo saw

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pop up or chat rooms Virtual hangout spots where people

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could talk about their day Say hello Friends threatened to

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model someone's puppy you know whatever Then along came a

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well instant messenger And suddenly mongo could bully someone in

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an intimate one on one setting rather than in a

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crowded chat room well cellphones had first appeared in the

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seventies but they were about the size of toasters and

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cost eight million dollars each It wasn't until the early

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two thousand's that the entire blur nak family had their

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hands on the smaller cheaper versions and now they featured

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text messaging Well that meant more ways from mongo to

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harris someone without having to face them And in the

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last couple of decades all kinds of other communication vehicles

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have sprung up Iphones ipads facebook snapchat it's like an

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amusement park for mongo Okay great So opportunities abound for

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bullies but punishments shouldn't that also be evolving Well it

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is albeit slowly The problem is that when someone bullied

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someone else fifty years ago it was easy to tell

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how they should be dealt with All they did was

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call some kid a candy ass are dipstick Well maybe

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they'd get detention They knock somebody's tooth out on a

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playground for all Well they might get expelled or even

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have to do some time in juvenile hall And if

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they took a piece of broken glass to a kid's

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stomach in the school parking lot and the injury was

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fatal Well then they get tried for murder Yeah that's

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bullying old school But this new crime a cyber bullying

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is tricky assuming you can even track down the person

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who did the bullying which most of the time well

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you really can you still have to decide what should

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happen on like did that bullying victim go off and

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kill himself Because the kid in a chat room called

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him a dork Is the kid really to blame for

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something like that What about when someone gets sent death

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threats over email How about that Or is texted an

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incriminating photo Maybe there's ransom involved Well part of the

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difficulty happens when you try infringing on people's first amendment

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rights You should be able to say whatever you want

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on your own time right Well freedom of speech and

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all that Well it doesn't quite work that way You

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can't make death threats to people and get away with

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it You can't jokingly say i've got a bomb in

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an airport and expect to have the fine people of

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psa just laugh it off Well the first major cyber

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bullying case was js v bethlehem area school in two

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thousand kid was expelled once it was discovered he had

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created a web page containing some pretty nasty and threatening

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comments about some of the administrators in this school You

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have a kid had his first amendment rights but the

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court decided that because schools had gotten so much more

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violent threats had to be taken a little more seriously

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than they had in the past And the expulsion was

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upheld So school defense one bullies zero school's definitely have

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more say these days when it comes to dealing with

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bullies But what about the real world Can police get

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in more trouble than just being handed extended summer vacation

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Oh you betcha Another important case came along in two

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thousand six in u s v lori drew in which

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a woman and her daughter created a fake myspace account

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It was this thing of before facebook Ask your older

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sister And then yeah well they befriended this innocent thirteen

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year old girl got her trust and then sent some

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abusive post like this one Yeah sweetheart Nice people so

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well The girl took their advice and committed suicide The

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court couldn't quite hold drew on her daughter directly responsible

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For the death but they were able to apply the

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computer fraud and abuse act to sting them a bit

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Drew ended up convicted on counts of conspiracy and misdemeanor

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More importantly the state of missouri changed its state harassment

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law to include cyberbullying and other states have followed suit

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Thank you very much Well there have been plenty of

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other high profile cases in this vein Got this link

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here If you want to read more about him this

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google infamous cases of cyber bullying and you'll get there

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we have a long way to go but we're getting

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there little by little Almost half the states have now

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introduced specific cyberbullying laws into their legislation or at least

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now included as a subsection of bullying juries air getting

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fed up more and more They're siding with victims and

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their families But if for some reason you were thinking

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of getting into the cyber bullying racket well do you

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really want to risk it Maybe you've got a gambling

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streak in Yes Oh sure go ahead All those dice

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let's See if you get away with it No Okay

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time for a little audience participation and yet everyone wake

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up come on All right so why did the first

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bully bully if there really is a darwinian aspect to

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bullying why isn't everyone in the world of bully has

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billion gotten worse over the years or does it just

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seem that way So if technology created cyber bullies does

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that mean technology is a bad thing Should cyber bullies

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be able to claim innocence by reason of administering their

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first amendment rights When archaeologists someday they got my space 00:07:58.45 --> [endTime] What will they discover But it's funny ish