“ Bullying is commonly defined as repeated aggressive behaviour in which there is an imbalance of power between parties… Electronic bullying includes bullying through e-mail, instant messaging, in a chat room, on a website, or through digital messages or images sent to a cell phone” Kowalski et al 2007 p. 1
A 2002 British survey found that one in four youths, aged 11 to 19 has been threatened via their computers or cell phones, including death threats. NCH -National Children's Home (UK)
Adults are less aware of the problem of cyber bullying than other forms of bullying.
Hard er to intervene or stop .
Victims get in trouble from parents for accessing ‘inappropriate’ sites
In Li’s canadian study he found that 61.9% of the victims are white (Li 2005 p. 7)
Li 2005, table 2, p. 6
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/nottinghamshire/2933894.stm Shows an example of a typical situation involving cyber-bullying. This article calls for tougher action by her school against bullies.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/news/2010/10/101005_cyber_bullying_nh_sl.shtml The stories of Megan Meier and Tyler Clementi are given in this article. In this case the media portrays the seriousness of cyber-bullying and the fact that it can, in some cases, lead to suicide.
Students, particularly females, view cyber bullying as a problem, but one rarely discussed at school and they do not see the school district personnel as helpful resources when dealing with cyber bullying.
Interestinngly enough, we can see from the other slide that bullies/victims are girls in majority.
The question of responsibility
Schools’? (block websites, resolves problem in school, moves it outside)
Freedom of speech:
Can sites be blocked?
Can information be filtered on social networking sites?
No laws against cyberbullying in UK
Schools block websites
Li, Q. 2005, New bottle but old wine: a research of cyberbullying in schools. Available from: www.sciencedirect.com [accessed on: 4/12/2010]