Have You Heard about Cyberbullying
March 5, 2015
What is cyber bullying?
If you are unsure what cyberbullying is, then please keep reading. We are aware this is a term used constantly in social media, the news and everyday life but what does it actually mean?
One way of describing cyberbullying is:
Cyberbullying is when an adolescent is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones.
Please note: Once adults become involved, it is plain and simple cyber-harassment or cyberstalking. Adult cyber-harassment or cyberstalking is NEVER called cyberbullying.
Sadly the effects of this can be extremely harmful, sometimes irreversible. It is widely known that children and teenagers have killed each other and committed suicide after having been involved in a cyberbullying incident.
Some examples of cyberbullying:
- Threatening emails, instant messages, or text messages
- Attaining personal information from someone and revealing it to others
- Hacking into someone’s personal accounts, extracting information or sending false information.
- Creating websites to make fun of another person such as a classmate or teacher
- Using websites to rate peers as prettiest, ugliest, etc.
Both sexes have been found to cyberbully and be cyberbullied but their approach often differs. Boys will cyberbully by threatening to fight or hurt someone; they also use messages of a sexual nature to intimidate. Girls often cyberbully by spreading hurtful rumours and excluding people from groups etc.