Bullying-A Formal Definition• Attack or intimidation with the intention to cause fear, distress or harm that is either: • physical (e.g. hitting, punching) • verbal (e.g. name-calling, teasing) • psychological/relational (e.g. rumors, social exclusion)• A real or perceived imbalance of power between the bully and victim.• Repeated attacks or intimidation between the same children over time.
So what is Cyberbullying?• Bullying through Internet applications and technologies such as instant messaging (IM), social networking sites, and cell phones. http://www.netsmartz.org/Cyberbullying
Common Forms of Cyberbullying• Sending or posting hostile messages intended to “inflame” the emotions of others.• Recording someone being harassed or bullied in a way that usually involves physical abuse, then posting the video online for public viewing http://www.netsmartz.org/Cyberbullying
Common Forms of Cyberbullying• stealing someone’s password and/or hijacking their online accounts to send or post incriminating or humiliating pictures, videos, or information• doctoring digital images so that the main subject is placed in a compromising or embarrassing situation http://www.netsmartz.org/Cyberbullying
Common Forms of Cyberbullying• Sending messages that involve threats to a person’s physical safety.• Spreading gossip through e-mail, text messaging, or social networking sites http://www.netsmartz.org/Cyberbullying
Some Statistics• Cell phones are the most popular form of technology for teens and a common medium for cyber bullying.• About half of young people have experienced some form of cyber bullying, and 10 to 20 percent experience it regularly.• Mean, hurtful comments and spreading rumors are the most common type of cyber bullying. http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/cyber-bullying-statistics.html
Some Statistics• Girls are at least as likely as boys to be cyber bullies or their victims.• Boys are more likely to be threatened by cyber bullies than girls.• Cyber bullying affects all races.• Cyber bullying victims are more likely to have low self esteem and to consider suicide. http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/cyber-bullying-statistics.html
Cyber bullying in the Newshttp://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/10/10/parliament/12147971&sec=parliamenthttp://www.nst.com.my/opinion/editorial/online-misery-1.43092http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/testing123http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/5/27/nation/11367864&sec=nation
Legislation• Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said that the amendment to the Evidence Act is to protect people from cyber bulliying. http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/amendment- to-evidence-act-to-protect-people-says-najib• Extreme cases would fall under criminal harassment or stalking laws or a target could pursue civil action for intentional infliction of emotional distress or defamation, to name a few.• Bullying (whatever the form) that occurs at school is no doubt already subject to an existing bullying policy.
What do you do if you are a victim?1) Dont reply.2) You did not do anything to deserve this!3) Save the evidence! Print out anything you can, with all URLs, date, time stamps, etc. Take screen shots if possible. Save text messages.4) Ask for help. Tell an adult you trust.5) If you are concerned about your safety, report it to the police.
Dont be a silent bystander!A bystander can have just as much affect on a situation asan active bully. • When bystanders stand up for a target, it is one of the most effective means of stopping bullying. • Support from bystanders gives the target confidence. • It shows the bully that the target has friends who care, and that what the bully is doing is not cool.http://cyberbullyinghelp.com/2010/08/11/helplessness-of-the-bystander-bully/