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Cyberbullying Resources

Cyberbullying is typically referred to as communication or posting by one or more minors using cybertechnology or digital media designed to hurt, threaten, embarrass, annoy, blackmail, or otherwise target another minor.

Cyberbullying is willful and repeated bullying behavior that takes place using electronic technology. It can involve text, gaming devices, internet, social media, emails, blogs, cell phones, etc.

Approximately 34% of the students report experiencing cyberbullying during their lifetime. SEE MORE CYBERBULLYING STATISTICS HERE.


Why Does Cyberbullying Happen?

Different from traditional bullying, there are certain effects that are amplified when cyberbullying takes place, which can also explain why cyberbullying has become more popular.

  • Role of Publicity: Since cyberbullying is more public than traditional bullying, it is more embarrassing for the victim.
  • Role of Anonymity: There is anonymity in bullying behind a screen name, computer screen, or cell phone. From a cyberbullied individual's perspective, anonymous cyberbullying increases feelings of loneliness, fear, and persistent worrying about the perpetrator's identity.
  • Features of the Medium: Because the targets have no control over what is posted on sites, or what is said about them, they may feel hopeless and helpless because they are unable to remove the material. Plus, even when it gets removed, there are hundreds of people who have already seen it.
  • Role of the Bystander: Since cybebullying is very public, there are several more bystanders than with traditional bullying. This increases the impact of the bullying because it's more embarrassing.

Where Does Cyberbullying Occur?

Cyberbullying can occur everywhere! Unlike traditional bullying, cyberbullying take place during all hours of the day. Access to electronics provides many venues for cyberbullying anytime and anywhere.

Cyberbullying can occur through/on:

  • Instant Messages
  • Social Media
  • Websites
  • Cell Phones
  • Emails

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA AND ONLINE REPORTING, CLICK HERE.


What are the Negative Effects of Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is associated with symptoms of social anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, somatic symptoms, and low self-confidence and esteem. These symptoms may be seem more with cyberbullying than traditional bullying because:

  1. It occurs in a child's home - When an online bully follows you home, it takes away your 'safe place'
  2. It is harsher - People say things online that they wouldn't dream of saying in person
  3. It can be far reaching - Cyberbullying is easier to send embarrassing information to a large number of people at once
  4. It can be anonymous - Online aggressors often hide behind their screen names so that they don't have to identify who they are. 
  5. It may been inescapable - Sometimes, it's not as easy as logging off. When a cyber aggressor attacks from all angles, it can seem impossible to escape

How Do We Know Cyberbullying is Occuring?

Like traditional bullying, there are several signs that may be present when someone is being cyberbullied. Symptoms may include:

  • Abnormal changes in mood or behavior, such as new or worsened depression, or heightened anxiety or fear
  • Avoidance of friends, activity, or school
  • Sudden aversion to using a phone or computer
  • Nervous or 'jumpy' when receiving a text
  • Extreme sleeping behaviors

What is Sexting?

Sexting is the sending, receiving, or posting or sexually-explicit or sexually-suggestive images or videos. The term typically describes incidents where teenagers take nude or partially nude pictures of themselves, and distribute those pictures to others, mainly via cell phone, but also through social networking sites, websites, video chats, and e-mail.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SEXTING, CLICK HERE.


The above information was disseminated from published material by the National Crime Prevention Council, Sameer Hinduja & Justin Patchin of Cyberbullying Research Center (2010), and the Cyberbullying Research Center (2014).

 


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