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Is the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target anotherperson. By definition, it occurs among young people. When an adult isinvolved, it may meet the definition of cyber-harassment or cyber-stalking, a crime that can have legal consequences and involve jail time.Sometimes cyberbullying can be easy to spot — for example, if your childshows you a text message, tweet, or response to a status update onFacebook that is harsh, mean, or cruel. Other acts are less obvious, likeimpersonating a victim online or posting personal information, photos, orvideos designed to hurt or embarrass another person. Some kids reportthat a fake account, web page, or online persona has been created with thesole intention to harass and bully.Also can happen accidentally. The impersonal nature of textmessages, IMs, and emails make it very hard to detect the senders tone —one persons joke could be anothers hurtful insult. Nevertheless, arepeated pattern of emails, text messages, and online posts is rarelyaccidental.
Diferencies between bullying and cyberbullyingCyber bullying involves sending threats and sexual comments via emails just toembarrass some person. Personal Bullying occurs when one is in front of other andthe target knows the person from whom he is being bullied. Cyberbully, however, allows the bully to hide himself making it difficult for the victim andeasy for the bully to make problems for someone. Prevention of simple type ofbullying is easier as the person who is bulling is identified and you can take actionagainst him while cyber bullying does not allow you to do so.Bullying is a type of abuse which involves the usage of a certain act again and againwith an attempt to force one person’s power and authority over some other. Bullyingcauses an imbalance of power which might be social or physical depending on thecases. Most of the times, bullying is a result of inability of a person to cope with aperson who is being targeted. The basic types of bullying are three which areverbal, physical or emotional abuse. The method of bullying most of the times involvesintimidating others and there are a number of ways to define bullying, howeverproper definition of bullying is not stated.
The most common place for your child to be bullied is at school. Afterall, the majority of your childs waking hours are spent in school.School is also where your child is exposed to hundreds of other kids;some older, some younger, and many more of the same age. Butbullying also happens outside of school, at after-schoolactivities, weekend sporting events, in neighborhoods, and in yourown backyard. It can happen anywhere, anytime, to anyone. Parentsand school officials used to believe that most bullying happened onthe way to or from school. Perhaps this was true when groups of kidswalked, unsupervised, to the neighborhood school. But now themajority of traditional bullying events occur during regular schoolhours. And, to add to the unpleasantness, outside of school hours, agrowing number of kids are being cyber bullied in their own homes.
ExamplesExamples: Last year, several Facebook tribute pages set upin memory of a former Crestwood High School student whocommitted suicide were defaced with offensive commentsand photos.They were later removed or shut down after policecomplained to Facebook.Last year, Queenslander Bradley Paul Hampson was jailedfor three years for posting offensive comments and childpornography over the Facebook tribute sites of twoschoolchildren who had been killed.
Bullying Hurts Not only can bullying hurt someone’s feelings, it can have other more serious effects. Someproblems can even last until you are an adult! Bullying can play a role in:•Sadness, hurt feelings, loneliness, and depression•Poor body image, low self-esteem, and even eating disorders, especially when teased aboutweight•Skipping school, bad grades, and being afraid to go to school•Headaches, stomach aches, and anxiety•Trouble sleeping•Thoughts and acts of suicide, in very bad casesBullying others or being bullied can hurt someone both physically and emotionally — and haveeffects even after you become an adult!If you are being bullied by someone, it’s ok to ask for help if you are experiencing any of theeffects listed above. Teachers, parents, a doctor or nurse, and other trusted adults should beable to help you. Girlshealth.gov can also help you learn about how to stop a bully
Are you a Bully?• Many people may be bullies and not even know it! To find out if you are a bully, take this quiz.• Once you realize that you are bullying others there are things you can do to stop. Click on these tips to learn how to make a change and become a better person.
Why some girls are Bullied?• Many young women who are bullied do not try to stop the bullies. This may be because they do not know many other teen girls are also bullied each year. Some teens are so afraid of losing their friends that they go along with what others say and do, even if it is mean and hurts themselves or other people.• So why do certain people get bullied? Why are they bullied more than others? Typically, bullies often pick on:• People they are jealous of• Girls who will not fight back• People who seem “different” from themselves or their friends• Teens who may be “richer” or “poorer” than the bully• Girls who hit puberty earlier or later than others in the class• People with a disability• Sometimes, kids are bullied because they are gay. You can watch President Obamas speech after the tragic bullying of some gay students.
Victims of BullyingAre more likely to struggle in their classes, decrease their participation at school, and drop out beforegraduation. Adults that were bullied as children are more prone to depression and anxiety. They arethree times more likely to consider suicide than their peers.Imagine working in an office where bullying is tolerated. A co-worker who is stronger than you maydistract you from your job, spread vicious rumors about you, take your possessions, threaten you, oropenly mock you with the intention of causing you pain. When you explain the abuse to your boss, theresponse is clear: "You need to stop complaining and work this out together." You are punished forbeing a "tattletale." Most adults wouldnt put up with this sort of treatment at work, yet victimizedchildren are commonly expected to confront their abusers on their own and with no way to defendthemselves.In learning how to communicate with each other, its natural for children to argue amongfriends, experience anger or frustration, and "play fight." But, bullying is different. A bully harasses anddegrades a victim for the sole purpose of causing pain. Constant name calling, threats, physicalabuse, and gossip can leave a child seriously hurt and depressed. These victimized children dont havethe power to stop the bullying. They need your help.In just fifteen minutes you can help stop bullying in your community by learning how to recognizebullying, educating others, and intervening to stop children from being harmed by bullies.