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So, what about cyberbullying?
Definition of Cyberbullying:
The use of communication technologies such as the Internet, social networking sites (social media), websites, email, test messages and instant messages to repeatedly intimitate or harass others.
Sending mean or threatening emails or text/instant messages.
Posting embarrassing photos of someone online.
Creating a website to make fun of others.
Pretending to be someone by using their name.
Tricking someone into revealing personal or embarrassing information and sending it to others.
RCMP Bullying and Cyberbullying
Unique Characteristics of Cyberbullying:
Anonymity - cyber bullies can be hard to avoid because you may not know who they are
Accessibility - cyber bullies can attack anytime, day or night, opposed to just at school
Punitive Fears - victims often do not report cyberbullying due to fear of their tormentors or because parents may take their technology away
Bystanders - there are far more bystanders to cyberbullying than traditional bullying due to the reach of technology
Disinhibition - cyber bullies can be more ruthless and persistent in their attacks due to their anonymity and belief that they cannot be caught
Violenece Prevention Works, Hazelden Publishing
Dangers for Children and Adolescents Who Are Bullied:
Social anxiety, loneliness, isolation
Stress related health problems (e.g., headaches, stomach aches)
Low self esteem
School absenteeism and academic problems
Contemplating, attempting, or committing suicide
Dangers for Children and Adolescents Who Bully Others:
Not knowing the difference between right and wrong
Delinquency and substance use
Academic problems and increased school dropout rate
Sexual harassment and dating aggression
Gang involvement and criminal adulthood
Difficulties in their relationships with others
Being bullied at the hands of others
Source: RCMP Bullying and Cyberbullying
Warning Signs that Someone you Know is being Cyberbullied:
The person appears sad, moody, or anxious
The person avoids school
The person withdraws from or shows lack of interest in social activites
The person experineces a drop in grades or decline in academic performance
The person appears upset after using the computer or being online
The pearson appears upset after viewing a text message
Violence Prevention Works, Hazelden Publishing
Legal Consequences of Cyberbullying
Bullying and cyberbullying is not a joke. Did you know that these acts are illegal according to the Education Act of Ontario! Read more here.
Reporting bullying is an effective way to get it stopped
Bullying is a relationship problem. It is about power and the abuse of power. Adult intervention is normally required to correct the power imbalance.
Fighting back against a bully typically makes the bullying worse
Showing aggression towards a bully often results in a victim experiencing prolonged and more severe bullying. If you are experiencing bullying, be assertive towards the bully without showing aggression. This sends the message that the bullying behviour is not okay and that you refuse to be a victim. Instead, you will report the bullying to a responsible adult if it continues.
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