Children are threatened and tormented using the computer being verbally abusedThese actions can be in the form of text messages, emails, or online posts on Facebook, Twitter, blogs or other websites.The actions can be cruel, threatening, defamatory (saying things that aren’t true) or deliberately misleading.Cyber-bullying is much easier to taunt someone from sitting behind a computer or a phone compared to taunting someone face to faceWe live in an era that is characterized by readily accessible digital technology, where children of all ages spend a lot of time using cell phones and computersBecause of this, cyber bullying has become the most prevalent type of bullying Cyber bullying must occur between minors. When adults get involved that is called cyber-harassment or cyber-stalking. This does not mean that adults can’t be bullied, but it just is not defined as cyber-bullying in the adult world.
HarassmentFor an action to be labeled as harassment, the action must be repeated over and over again and it must be offensive.This is probably the easiest way to bully other children online.It usually takes place over a period of time and is completely one-sided.Flamming:Can be described as a contentious or heated online exchange between two or more kids. It usually occurs in a public online environment where there are many individuals present. DenigrationThis is when children belittle one another. When someone is a victim of denigration, it means that someone has spread a lie or started a malicious rumor with the intention of destroying the person’s reputation.Examples of this include emailing or instant messaging false accusations of another student as well as posting nasty statements on networking sites or photos of victims online.ImpersonationA child poses or impersonates another child, where they steal pictures and their identity to portray the victim as someone they’re not.Examples of impersonation can include fake emails and instant messaging accounts. Personal profiles, such as Facebook and Twitter, can be created as well.TrickeryThrough emails or instant messaging, children will try and bribe or trick other people into saying things so they then can show them to the public.OutingWhen someone shares personal information about another person that was suppose to be kept completely private. Girls are the most
Neurodevelopmental conditionsADHD, Adperger’s syndrome, Tourette’s disorder and learning disabilitiesLesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgenderedChildren of both genders and of all ages, appearances, backgrounds, cultures, personalities, and social groups are bullied, it can happen to anyone at anytime
Family Life:Parents demonstrate little love and interest in the childHistory of Violence:Parents are forceful or use threats towards the childrenParents not being strict enough:Parents look the other way when the child does something bad like using violence.Parents are too laid back and not as strict with watching what their kids are doing on the InternetSome children have a lot of anger built up and frustration or they want revenge on someone who they are jealous of or has done something to them
Tend to be more popularNeed to dominate othersExcessive ImpulsivityProblems with anger management, jealousy, and other negative emotionsHave a difficulty accepting people who are “different”
Depression and anxiety:Increase feelings of sadness and lonelinessLoss of interest in activities that children loveChanges in sleeping habits and eating patternsDecrease in Health Status:It is more likely to have a decrease in health status about 3 years after the bullyingDecrease in Academic StandardsMore likely to skip class or drop out of schoolMore likely to be related to more extreme violence including shootings. 12 out of 15 shooting cases in the 1990’s were victims of bullyingSuicidal Thoughts:The suicidal thoughts might lead into adulthood as well. It is 3 times more likely for adults to have suicidal thoughts or actions if they were bullied as a child
70% of all high school students say they have been bullied90 % of all fourth through eighth graders have been bulliedApproximately 160,000 US students miss school each day because they are being bullied42% of children have been cyberbullied and 53% admit to cyberbullying someone elseVictims of bullying are up to 9 times more likely to contemplate suicide.
I found this video that sums up everything that I have been talking about and gives more statistics on cyber-bullying.A question to think about… do any of these statistics surprise you?
Educate children about not only the consequences they can have but also what the effects of bullying can be on victimsParental ControlsParents need to stay involved with their children and set parental controls on their kids’ phones or computers- SUPERVISE!Parents should also talk to their children at a young age about bullying and discuss why it is wrong and what to do if they see someone else getting bulliedParents need to create an open and honest relationship with their children so they can come talk to them if they are being a victim of bullyingSchool PoliciesSchools need to start being more strict and clear with their tolerance for cyber-bullying. Any incident that is reported should be dealt with in a potential criminal behavior.All counselors and school staff should have to go through a training to be kept up to date on the newest cyber-issue. They should be able to understand the websites students are going to online and what role they should specifically play in helping students that are victims of bullying.
Increase use of technology by childrenMore and more freedom with the InternetEasier to hide behind a computer or phone
Stop the hurtful comments:By saying mean things online, it can escalade into a more serious matterBe an active bystander:When you see someone bullying someone online, let them know it is not the right thing to do. If one person tries to stand up for another, maybe more will follow. Set up more places to go and talk, maybe not to adults but other studentsTalking to adults can be intimidating for some children, so setting up a place where younger adults or other students can all sit together and talk might be more beneficial.
Neurodevelopmental conditionsLesbian, gay, bisexual or transgenderedAnyone!!
Family LifeHistory of ViolenceParents not being strict enoughAnger, Frustration, or Revenge
Tend to be more popular Need to dominate others Excessive Impulsivity Problems with angermanagement, jealousy, and other negativeemotions Have a difficulty accepting people who are“different”
Depression and anxiety Decrease in Health Status Decrease in Academic Standards More likely to skip class or drop out of school More likely to be related to more extreme violence Suicidal Thoughts
70% of all high school students say they have beenbullied 90 % of all fourth through eighth graders have beenbullied Approximately 160,000 US students miss schooleach day because they are being bullied 42% of children have been cyberbullied and 53%admit to cyberbullying someone else Victims of bullying are up to 9 times more likely tocontemplate suicide."Bullying." - Causes, Symptoms, & FAQ. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2013