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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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living with kids relationships parenting life lessons emotional growth teenage years growing up family matters Bullies Move Beyond the Schoolyard J U L I E S U T H E R L A N D writer do you remember the 97-pound weakling? It's an ad that you might recall that features a skinny guy getting sand kicked in his face by a beefcake, who then walks away with the guy's girlfriend. The "weakling" uses the moment as inspiration to build his body, and comes back to the beach to give the bully his just punishment, taking his girlfriend back. As times have changed, so has bullying. With the advent of cellphones and social media, bullying can and does happen just about anywhere, online or off. We've heard of heartbreaking stories like the one of Tyler Clementi, a bright, musically talented student, who was a victim of cyber-harassment when his room- mate used his computer's webcam to record Tyler kiss- ing another boy. A freshman at Rutgers University, he ended his life in 2010 at the age of 18. How do we help our kids and teach them appropriate online behavior? Defining Cyber Bullying The term "cyber bullying" was first coined in 1999 and refers to the use of digital technology to willfully inflict harm in a repetitive fashion. Most descriptions of cyber bullying have been based on the gener- ally agreed-upon definition of traditional bullying. True bullying is calculated, ongoing abuse that is aimed at a less powerful target. Socially cruel behaviors meet the definition of bullying if they include three core characteristics: intention, repetition, and power imbalance. M E D I A B A K E R Y 154 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8

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