Bullying is when a person uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker.
Cyberbullying is the use of cell phones, instant messaging, e-mail, chat rooms or social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to harass, threaten or intimidate someone.
Texting someone hateful and mean things is an example of cyberbullying. Bullying and cyberbullying are closely related but they have some differences.
- Occurs online
- Fear of loss of technology
- Direct contact
- Occurs in person, like on school property
- fear of physical / verbal abuse
Common types of Cyberbullying
- Text messaging – ( Most common ) Using text messaging to torment another person
- Cyber stalking – Sending messages online to frighten or threaten someone
- Humiliation – Spreading rumors with the purpose of damaging the victim’s reputation
- Password theft – Stealing passwords in order to enter the victim’s sites and lock them out. In some cases, the bully will use these sites to bully others
- Web site creating – Creating websites and pages with the intent to harm someone, and load them with images, statements and insulting remarks
- Use of Photos and images – Posting embarrassing photos of victims all over the internet to torment and humiliate them
- 94% of teens own a phone
- 89% have their own personal computer (PC)
- In the 1990’s, most people only had a family PC with dial-up internet. Now, people can access the internet with smartphones, PC, laptops, tablets and game consoles like Xbox
43% of kids have been bullied online
- Girls are about twice as likely as boys to be victims
- Girls are also twice as likely as boys to be cyberbullies
- 1 in 10 teens have had embarrassing or damaging pictures taken of themselves withoout permission
- Victims of cyberbullying are more likely to have low self-esteem, increased risk of depression, anxiety, and sleep difficulties compared to those who have not experienced it
- Most people say the reason for being bullied were their looks (55%), body shape (37%) and race (6%)
- Tell an adult you can trust: It is not snitching; you are helping your peer. Only 10% of parents know about their children being cyberbullied.
- Be friendly: Saying a few kind words to the person being bullied makes a huge difference. For example, you can say: “I am sorry that happened to you. It is not okay and it is not your fault.”
- Get involved: Start an anti-bullying campaign or volunteer to help with one of the campaigns happening at your school or in your community.
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