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A new form of bullying known as cyberbullying has risen from technological outlets and is near impossible to ignore or forget. Cyberbullying is defined as continual attacks on an individual or group by sending messages, photos or videos, online threats and/or imper- sonation of said person online all at the aim of embarrassing or hurting their reputation/ feelings. Cyberbullying can turn into Cyber- harassment if the intimidation or malevolent behaviour attacks a person's gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or physical differ- ences. This is deemed punishable by law since it targets protected groups. Often these acts are done anonymously and are difficult to trace, making it very damaging to ones self-esteem and self-worth. A poll done in 2006 by the national organization Fight Crime discovered that 1 in 3 teens and 1 in 6 preteens have felt that they were Cyberbullied; but due to lack of training in police officers and patchwork laws, convictions are near impossible. That is why Youth Centres Canada brought in TV personality and producer Liana Kerzner to speak at Youth Centres Canada and Students Commission's Annual Unite and Ignite Conference about strategies derived from real life events involving a cyberbully- ing case that went on for over two years, resulted in an arrest, but still did not stop. Kerzner displayed that cyberbullying is just a form of persuasion, and how those affected by cyberbullying can turn these tools of persuasion into solutions. What she aimed to teach at her workshop was how to use the six powers of persuasion or weapons of influence to deter, minimize and stop bullying both online and off. Participants also learned about the different types of bullying and the common responses, and how to cope and recover when you're a victim. The workshop at Unite and Ignite focused on Case details that were submitted to Justice Minister Peter MacKay's office as feedback to bill C-13. The bill proposes to make it illegal to distribute intimate images without consent of the sender. This will aid police and prosecutors in investigating and prosecution of offenders as well as deal with other offences dealing with cyberbullying and via the internet, or that involves electronic evidence. Both of these elements were recommended in the July, 2013 Federal-Provincial-Territorial report on cyberbullying and the non-consensual distribution of intimate images. However, the new laws only step in once the damage is done. The lasting effects of Cyberbullying will still haunt the victim. That is why Kerzner and Youth Centres Canada are recommending a number of steps that anyone can do, to help prevent Cyberbullying from occurring. To stop Cyberbullying there needs to be three areas of prevention. 1. Prevention of Self: ensure that you take the proper steps in preventing and minimizing the possibility of online harassment. 2. Social Prevention: Create awareness in the population that no amount of harassment online is appropriate and that is has long lasting effects. Make Cyberbullying so "uncool" that people will think twice about sending a hurtful message. 3. Legislation Prevention: Have laws set in place to deter Cyberbullying in fear of punishment or retribution. By implementing these points into a prevent strategy against cyberbullying, we can all influence and minimize the amount of it occurring. This article will focus on how you can protect yourself from being targeted; as well as what steps to take if you find yourself targeted. The Six Principals of Persuasion, also known as Weapons of Influence, are: reciprocity, commitment and consistency, social proof, liking, authority and scarcity. Bullies online and offline use these tactics in various ways to hurt, attack, or embarrass their victims. They can use one or a combination of each one in different ways. Reciprocity is used by bullies by framing their behaviours as "payback" or to reciprocate resentful feelings the bully believe are due to behaviour or actions that the victim performed. Third parties will assume that the victim performed an act to have earned this treatment. Antagonizers use the excuse of: "they hit first so I hit them back", even if the victim did not perform any malicious acts or were unaware. Commitment and consistency are used by using ones best qualities against them to make the victim out to seem like a hypocrite CYBERBULLYING: WHAT IS IT AND HOW CAN YOU PREVENT IT Meghan Payment 11

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