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What is Cyberbullying?

Bullying is used to humiliate, threaten, oppress, torment, and tyrannize someone. It can be defined as a continuous misuse of power or authority against a person or a group of people that causes physical, emotional, and social harm to that person or group. If this kind of attitude and behavior happens online, it is called cyberbullying.


Using e-mail, chat rooms, websites and other forms of electric communication to:

• send mean-spirited messages
• make cruel and harmful remarks about individuals
• post unflattering or derogatory photos
• make direct threats or encourage acts of violence
• sexually harass

Cyberbullying is the repeated misuse of these technologies to harass, intimidate, bully, or terrorize another person.

Who are the Cyberbullies?

Individuals:
    • with no strong relationships
    • who are immature
    • who are involved with hate groups
    • who have been bullied themselves
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Why do people bully?


• Continuation of face-to-face bullying
• Anger
• Jealousy
• Peer pressure
• Fun

Why is cyberbullying so hurtful?

Cyberbullying is more harmful than face-to-face bullying for many reasons:

Permanence:

The insults, comments or images can be preserved by the person who was bullied or by others so that the victim may read or view them over and over again and the harm is re-inflicted with each reading or viewing.

Audience size:

The size of the audience that is able to view or access the damaging material increases the victim’s humiliation.

Familiarity:

Many young people are friends with or know their cyber bully either through school or other personal connections, increasing the potential for embarrassment and humiliation.

Social Networking:

Social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace allow cyber bullies to engage in campaigns against a particular person which may involve many others.

Speed:

The speed at which harmful messages can reach large audiences also plays a major part in making cyberbullying so damaging to the targets

Percent Victimized Online


This trend of online victimization is strengthened by a Microsoft report in 2012:
Pakistanis bully: 38%
Worldwide trend: 24%

Why Don’t Victims Ask for Help?


• Kids view the Internet is a lifeline to their peer group.
• Kids don’t want adults to know they have a problem with cyberbullying because they fear that adults will take their computer away.

Don’t Be a Victim:


• Talk about bullying in general with friends, teachers and family.
• Discuss what personal information is appropriate to tell others, and what is not.
• Visit some popular teen sites with your parents, teachers, or friends and discuss what you see there and what could be a danger.
Learn to develop realistic expectations for both personal and on-line relationships

How to Stop a Cyberbully


• Be private - keep passwords, pictures and secrets to yourself.
• Take five - don’t reply in anger.
• Stop, block and tell - don’t reply, block the sender, tell someone.
• Save the evidence - on your computer or print out.
• Google yourself

Steps to take if you believe you have been a victim of Cyberbullying


• Determine if cyberbullying is actually going on.
• Save the evidence.
• Identify the sender - contact your ISP (Internet Service Provider) if necessary.
• Contact the offender’s parents - who may or may not be supportive. Back up your remarks with written evidence.
• Contact your school.
• If warranted, contact an attorney.
• Threats, extortion, sexual harassment should be reported to the police.




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