- What is Cyberbullying
- Cyber Bullying – Spotting the Signs
What is Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.
Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.
Why Cyberbullying is Different
Kids who are being cyberbullied are often bullied in person as well. Additionally, kids who are cyberbullied have a harder time getting away from the behavior.
- Cyberbullying can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and reach a kid even when he or she is alone. It can happen any time of the day or night.
- Cyberbullying messages and images can be posted anonymously and distributed quickly to a very wide audience. It can be difficult and sometimes impossible to trace the source.
- Deleting inappropriate or harassing messages, texts, and pictures is extremely difficult after they have been posted or sent.
Effects of Cyberbullying
Cell phones and computers themselves are not to blame for cyberbullying. Social media sites can be used for positive activities, like connecting kids with friends and family, helping students with school, and for entertainment. But these tools can also be used to hurt other people. Whether done in person or through technology, the effects of bullying are similar.
Kids who are cyberbullied are more likely to:
- Use alcohol and drugs
- Skip school
- Experience in-person bullying
- Be unwilling to attend school
- Receive poor grades
- Have lower self-esteem
- Have more health problems
Source: Stop Bullying Gov
Cyber Bullying – Spotting the Signs
- Young people today are using the Internet for just about everything, including bullying.
- Every day all across the nation, people are being cyberbullied in the comfort of their own homes.
- Often students who are being bullied at school go home with hopes of escaping, only to find that when they get on the Internet, the bullying continues.
- Though a teen may be being bullied, they may not know that help is available or may feel too embarrassed to speak up.
- With the amount of time young people are spending on the Internet or on their phones, it is important to be able to spot the signs of cyberbullying.
- Keep in mind that cyberbullying may be happening on top of other victimization.
- Teens may be experiencing physical bullying, dating violence, harassment, stalking, or other forms of victimization.
- Fortunately, victim service providers are qualified and trained to recognize the signs of victimization and are skilled in providing effective victim services.
- Eighty percent of victim service providers believe that they are uniquely qualified to both recognize the signs of bullying and cyberbullying, so it’s time teens know where they can turn for help.
* *Statistics from the National Crime Prevention Council’s 2010 Cyberbullying Prevention Research study
- Becomes withdrawn or shy
- Shows signs of depression
- Is extremely moody or agitated
- Is anxious or overly stressed out
- Shows signs of aggressive behavior
- Suddenly stops using the computer
- Changes eating or sleeping habits (e.g., nightmares)
- No longer wants to participate in activities once enjoyed
- Hurts self, attempts or threatens suicide
- Suddenly changes friends
- Doesn’t want to go to school
- Gets into trouble at school
- Skips school
- Loses interest in school
- Drops in grades
Signs That A Teen May Be Cyber bullying Others
- Stops using the computer or turns off the screen when someone comes near
- Appears nervous or jumpy when using the computer or cell phone
- Is secretive about what they are doing on the computer
- Spends excessive amounts of time on the computer
- Becomes upset or angry when computer or cell phone privileges are limited or taken away
The biggest red flag is a withdrawal from technology
- If you notice a sudden change in computer or phone usage, talk to the child.
- They may be being cyberbullied.
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