What is Cyberbullying?
Also called ‘electronic bullying’ or ‘online social bullying’, cyberbullying is being cruel to others by deliberately and sometimes repeatedly harassing or threatening an individual or group through sending or posting harmful material using technological means.
How is it done?
|Emailing threatening messages|
|Cell phones||Harassing phone calls blocking caller ID|
|Text messages||Spreading rumors or bad pictures through texts|
|Instant messaging||Creating a false IM account and then “faking a crush” on that person|
|Videos||YouTube video of getting beaten up, distributing embarrassing videos|
|Defamatory websites||Creating a “We hate John/Jane” website|
|Social networking sites||Telling people to “un-friend” someone on Facebook|
|Online polling||“How many people in the school think John/Jane is ugly?”|
|Chat rooms||Entering a chat room with someone then berating them|
Why do people use cyberbullying?
The big problem with cyberbullying
In the “old days” before technology was widely used by teens, of course people were still bullied, but they had a safe place to escape from the place the bullying occurred (usually school). For example, they had different friends at synagogue, at their extracurricular activities, or at home, away from the bullying. With technology allowing the rumors to spread everywhere, victims feel they have no safe place to turn. Also, things posted on the Internet can be permanently out there, thus “haunting” the victim. It is theorized that this is why we have seen an increased suicide rate among teen victims of bullying in recent years.
Once you release something into the cyberworld, you can never take it back!