Cyber bullying uses technology to harass, threaten, embarrass or target another person. It is most common in young people 1 in 2 teens and 1 in 6 preteens have been affected by cyber bullying Many times cyber bullies don’t know they are being mean, they think it might be a harmless joke You shouldn’t say or send anything rude that you wouldn’t say in person.
Some cyber bullying can be easy to depict: such as; someone might be shown a text, message or tweet that is hurtful Some are less obvious than that such as; posting personalinformation, pictures orvideos to hurt or embarrasssomeone
Direct Attacks: These would be done in the form of instant messaging, text messaging, stealing passwords, blogs, websites, sending pictures, internet polling or interactive gaming Cyber bullying by proxy: In this situation, the cyber bully gets someone else to do their work for them Many times the person doesn’t know they are being used for cyber bullying This is the most dangerous form because adults can get involved in the harassment without knowing they are working with a kid The most common way this is done is by the cyber bully getting a hold of the victims account and sending something out to everyone.
Those who are cyber bullied are at greater risk of anxiety, depression and other stress related disorders- some have turned into suicide or suicide attempts Signs: Emotional distress during or after using the internet or phone Being productive or secretive with their digital life Withdrawal from friends and activities Avoidance of school or group gatherings Slipping grades and “acting out” in anger at home Changes in mood, behavior, sleep or appetite
Many of those who are cyber bullied are scared to tell an adult because they are ashamed of the social stereotype or they might fear losing their computer privileges Talk with your child if you find out they are being bullied Bring up any past experiences youmight have so they know they aren’t alone Block the bully from the studentsfriends Limit access to technology Know your kids online world Look to the web for help
If your child is the cyber bully, talk to them about what they are doing and the negative effect it has on others Let them know that any form of bullying is unacceptable Talk to teachers and guidance counselors to help identify what might cause their student to bully someone
Many schools have a protocol against bullying and it will be dealt with immediately However, some schools can be sued if they overstep any boundaries It is important to be aware of the incidence and know everything that has happened before taking any extreme actions.
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