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Transcript of Cyberbullying
Issues surrounding cyber bullying
Bullying is a major problem today. Children and Teens are vulnerable to it even when they are at home because of cyber bullying. Cyber bullying can be worse than the school yard variety because bullies can hide behind a computer screen to damage and hurt others.
How to respond when you know someone is being bullied
Strategies to respond to a cyber bully
and the issues involved...
About cyber bullying
‘Bullying’ is defined as the deliberate psychological, emotional and/or physical harassment of one person by another person (or group) at school or in between school and home.
Cyber bullying’ is an extended form of bullying, the key difference is that cyber bullying cases involves technology such as mobile phones or the internet which bullies use to harass and create a fear factor for victims. The anonymity of these technologies means that cyber bullies are often unhesitant and not confrontational.
Cyber bullying can take on many forms...
is repeatedly sending nasty, offensive and insulting messages. Harassment can be
very serious, especially when
direct threats are made.
is a heated or intense argument which often uses offensive or rude language. Flaming normally takes place in chat rooms, over instant messages or email — it can be private or public.
includes pretending to be someone else and sending or posting material to harm that person, their reputation or their relationships.
It can also be breaking into a social networking account and using that person's online identity to send or post vicious or embarrassing material to or about others.
invloves tricking someone into revealing secrets or embarrassing information, then sharing or forwarding secrets or embarrassing information to others
is a form of harassment. It incorporates
persistent behaviours that introduce apprehension and fear. It can also include intrusion on a person’s privacy. Often there is also a fear that the virtual stalking
could become real stalking.
Distributing information about another such as gossip or rumours through posting it on a social networking site , sending it to others through email or instant messaging, or posting or sending digitally altered photos of someone.
The effects of being cyber bullied
Cyberbullying has many of the same effects as traditional bullying. However scientists have found that cyber bullying may induce more sever reactions in children and youung adults then normal bullying.
For example cyber bullying can cause the public humiliation or anxiety of a child across a wider audience.
Overall, most effects of young people being cyber bullied impact they're all round holistic health. Some of these effects include:
No self- confidence
self harming/ suicidal thoughts
Responding to a bully face to face could be one of the hardest things you will ever do. Although, responding to a cyber bully through a social networking site will make you feel in control of the situation. However, sometimes the responses get carried away and you become the bully yourself.
Some strategies to respond to a cyber bully include:
1. Ignore them- don't respond to the cyber bully, eventually they'd get bored and move on
2. Never retaliate- Retaliation only makes the situation and violence worse and never solves the problem
3. Tell them to stop- For repeated bullying, if ignoring the bully doesn't work politely tell the bully to stop
4. Talk about it- if you're the target of bullying talk about it to somebody you trust such as your parents, teachers, or close friends
5. Block them- Block all access to cyber bullies. If the situation begins to get viral deactivate your social networking account
6. Call the police- If you feel your safety (or the safety of somebody else) is in danger, call the police immediately
The powerful impact of fear, anxiety, depression, humiliation and other emotions can leave long-term effects on children and teens. You can support others who are being bullied in a number of ways. Just by simply talking to them and lifting peoples self-esteem, confidence and that they are cared about and valued can make an enormous difference.
Another way to respond to others who are being cyber bullied is to stick up for them. Being a bystander on the internet when you see bad comments about somebody doesn't mean you are not a bully. Without retaliating to the bully, support the victim and tell the bully to stop.
The best way to support a victim of bullying is to speak to someone about it. Discuss it with a counselling, parents, teachers or contact "Kids Help Line" which is an online counselling service. For further details go to
http://www.kidshelp.com.au or call "Kids Help Line" on 1800 55 1800
St Scholastica's College- PDHPE 8 2013 Student Workbook, 23/8/13
By Daniella Amaro