Cyber Bullying By Abhishek DesaiDIGICorp Information Systems
What is it? "Cyberbullying involves the use of information and communication technologies such as e- mail, cell phone and pager text messages, instant messaging, defamatory personal Web sites, and defamatory online personal polling Web sites, to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others." - Bill Belsey
What forms does cyberbullying take? Email SMS MMS IM (Instant Messaging) Blogs Personal websites Personal polling sites
Cyber bullying and Law Cyber bullying is a CRIMINAL ACT It is a CRIME to communicate repeatedly with someone if it causes them to fear for their own safety or safety of others It is also a crime to publish “defamatory libel” – writing something which is intended to insult someone It violates the human rights act. Personally I believe it is an act of “COWARDICE”
What can be done? Awareness and education www.cyberbullying.ca You should never send message to others when you are angry You should never open a message from someone you don’t know
What can be done? Contd .. If you encounter something on internet which doesn’t feel right don’t open it You don’t have to be always on the internet Schools should update the Internet and computer access policies as soon as possible
If you are a victim… DO NOT keep it to yourself, You are not ALONE. Inform an ADULT you know and trust. Inform you Internet Service Provider or Mobile service provider Inform your LOCAL POLICE Do not reply to message from cyber bullies Do not erase or delete the message from cyber bullies
What kind of information canbe saved? Save following from the email E-mail address Date and time received Copies of relevant emails with full email headers Save following from chat room Date and time of chat Name and URL of the chat room Nickname of the offending person Email address if available Screenshot of chat room
Report Cyber bullying Email Report cyber bullying email to your ISPs. Emails can be traced easily using different available software If somebody has stolen your account contact support team of that mail site.
Report chat room cyberbullying Highlight the chatter’s name Use the ignore button to stop all conversations Take a screen shot of the abuse Note the time and date of the chat Report to chat room operator or service operator Speak to parent or a teacher
Its not your fault You should know that it is not your fault if bad people are there in the world You should not be ashamed of telling it to adults or teachers People are not anonymous on the internet. With the right information they can be easily traced and punished by local police or authorities.
Protect yourself Never arrange a meeting with someone you don’t know If you have to, go with your parents. You may need to delete your current email accounts, cell phone etc and setup a news ones.
Examples of cyber-bullying One example of cyber-bullying was the Star Wars kid whose classmates uploaded video footage of him posing as the Star Wars character Darth Maul onto Kazaa in 2003. The footage was downloaded extensively and modified causing the subject extensive embarrassment resulting in psychiatric treatment. 13 year old Vermont boy Ryan Halligan committed suicide, as a result of cyber-bullying: "Ryan Halligan hanged himself after prolonged bullying at school and at home through the Internet. He was repeatedly taunted online. Due to the continued bullying, Ryan latched on to the idea of killing himself as vengeance against those who had hurt him."