Cyberbullying

Today, almost every aspect of our lives has “gone digital” making face-to-face communication the exception rather than the norm. This is even more of a reality in the lives of our children and teenagers whose homework assignments, report cards, and social interactions all increasingly have a digital or online component.

There are certainly benefits to this new digital age. Communication is far easier than it was a generation ago. Unfortunately there are also disadvantages. This ease of communication has also helped move bullying beyond harassment at school or on the playground and into cyberspace. This should come as no surprise since bullying tends to occur where teens congregate, and today, two-thirds of teenagers go online daily to do school work, connect with friends and read about their favorite celebrities. 1

Facts about Cyberbullying:

  • In a 2006 study, one in three online teens reported experiencing a range of cyberbullying activities, including “receiving threatening messages; having their private emails or text messages forwarded without consent; having an embarrassing picture posted without permission; or having rumors about them spread online.”
  • In more recent research, where cyberbullying was defined broadly 2 , one in five students 11-18 years old said that they had been cyberbullied; but interestingly, the same percentage admitted to cyberbullying someone at least once in the past. 3

For the most part, cyberbullying is defined by the same characteristics as other bullying. There are some significant differences, though, that deserve mention.

Characteristics of Cyberbullying:

  • First, cyberbullying can be anonymous: youth who are being cyberbullied may not even know who the bully is, or specifically why they are being targeted.
  • Second, the impact of cyberbullying can be wider-reaching than bullying done in person. The speed and breadth of the internet have permitted groups of youth to create websites just to make fun of other young people, to impersonate other teens on social media sites, and to circulate embarrassing photos, all within a matter of minutes.
  • Finally, cyberbullies can be teens who might not otherwise have engaged in bullying behaviors. It is often easier to be cruel when the bully is sheltered from their target’s responses which can over time include devastating consequences such as withdrawal from family and friends, depression, diminished performance in school and in the most severe cases, self-harming behavior and even suicide.

Today’s national media coverage of bullying often focuses on cases that come to an extreme and tragic end, with parents, schools and entire communities weighing in to express strong opinions about how to “deal with” the bullies, and wondering what, if anything could have been done to protect the “victim.” And even more often, parents and teachers and the community express surprise at the ordinariness of the youth who engaged in bullying behavior, and how unlikely it seemed that they would be involved in something so terrible.

Helping Kids Rise above Cyberbullying

Current research 4 shows that approaches to help prevent bullying behavior are essentially the same as those that will help youth withstand harassment. These approaches – which are closely linked to the Search Institute Developmental Assets, and include building strong and positive ties to family, peers and community, and fostering the values of empowerment and self-control, among others – seem to tell us that the needs of youth who react most dramatically to bullying, and those engaging in bullying behavior may in fact be the same.

Research shows that raising kids to be resilient can lead them to avoid more types of risky behaviors, including bullying. Learn more >>

Action Steps: If you suspect your child is being cyberbullied >>

Action Steps: If you suspect your child is cyberbullying others >>

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1. Pew Charitable Trusts, Pew Internet and American Life Project, Writing, Technology and Teens, Washington DC, 2008.

2. In the studies, the students were informed that cyberbullying was defined as “when someone repeatedly makes fun of another person through email or text message, or when someone posts something online about another person that they don’t like.”

3. Hinduja, S. & Patchin J. (2010) Cyberbullying fact sheet: Identification, Prevention and Response. Cyberbullying Research Center.

4. See, e.g., Orpinas, P., & Horne, A. M. (2006). Bullying prevention: Creating a positive school climate and developing social competence. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

 

Comments

This is so helpful thankyou!!!!!!!!!!

This is so helpful thankyou!!!!!!!!!!

This is so helpful thankyou!!!!!!!!!!

Information is straight-forward and very practical. Deals.with a difficult subject clearly.

the impact of cyberbullying can be wider-reaching than in-person bullying due to the speed and breadth of the Internet’s reach: groups of youth have created websites used to make fun of other young people, teens have posed as other teens on social media sites, and embarrassing photos are sometimes circulated within a matter of minutes. The most infamous of these cases have had devastating consequences and led to lawsuits, arrests, suicides, and coverage in the national press.

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this helps children understand more

Why do poeple have to bully

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thanks for this program this help me and my friends get through this bullying

thank you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In a nut shell people can make a difference if they had faith in them and if they were strong enough to stand up for what is wright.
Nobody deserves to be bullied because they don’t own that individual or have that obligations to act like an imbolsol
Examples in employment and our school systems:
Because as a respectiable individual who has but love to give, how could employees disrespect or terigate a individual has such loyalty, and honesty, reliability. But again employers who act out of caracter are very sick in the head and need help, and the only way for them to feel acomplished at meeting there need for being a manager; they will pick on the meek because they won’t hurt them and again they feel they are doing there job….

In school its realy sad, the kids go through great trama at home and kid who inflict students because they are being inflicted them selves at home.
But what they don’t understand is they are creating a monster just like their mother or father or guardian etc. It needs to be nipped in the end Law officeres really need to investigate when a child is severily depressed. Get a warrent to investigate and set video or recorders to listen how parents treat that individual who is severily depressed.
Many children are being raped and everything is a secret and tell the officers they can’t imagined because it is down right sick and discusting… But what about that child who can’t look you in the eye, or severily depressed or rocks back and forth. Hellow there is a serious problem HELP that kid. She or he never asked to be born into such sick parents of abuse in all dimentions.
Kids need to have a support group if they are caught bulling or suspected of bulling. They need people to let them know its wrong, ask why do they like to harm others and ask them how would they like to be treated in the same manner.
Kid are more disrespectful in NY than other states WHY???????
JS

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I WAS DOING THE BULLYING BUT I HAVE DECIDED TO STOP BECAUSE YOU TALKING BAD ABOUT PEOPLE IS JUST LIKE BULLYING YOURSELF

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this was so helpful

I HATE BULLIES I WILL NEVER DO IT AND THANKS FOR THE JUICY TIPS LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!! :) <3 U

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Emails and text messages should not be deleted. They are evidence of harassment should the victim be supported in taking the case to the authorities. Bullies continue bullying because there are no consequences – a feeling of power without the risk of retribution – advising victims to delete emails just continues this when they could be used to bring bullies to justice.

is great infomation

iam very sorry for kids like me be bulled

Keep up the good work

A very important issue, bullying in schools will probably never stop.

We should not underestimate the negative impacts that cyber bullying could have on kids. While it is one of the harder bullying scenarios we can detect, we should still nonetheless ask our children about problems they faced online.

Finally, cyberbullies can be teens who might not otherwise have engaged in bullying behaviors. It is often easier to be cruel when the bully is sheltered from their target’s responses which can over time include devastating consequences such as withdrawal from family and friends, depression, diminished performance in school and in the most severe cases, self-harming behavior and even suicide.
Samrx

Thanks so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

why do people have to bully

this is going to help for my health project thanks for the info

bullying is not good and as of right now one of my friends are getting cyber bullied and i went to the office at school and told so they can do something about it cuz she was not very happy at all and all she would do is cry her eyes out to the fullest and she would call me and tell me that she wanted to do bad things to herself and she scared me.

i mostlly get cyberbullyed alot now i know what to do incase of it again thanks for the info! <3

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this is a good game if have some one don’t have good feel can to play when don’t have good the feel i hope alots the people think the same to me. and i hope every body can know my feel.

know one should ever bully or cyberbully im a kid i know how it feels im trying to stop it at my school like my teacher says we are signifacent we have value we matter one life can change the worl and thats what im doing yay!!

people should stop cyber bullying or they will make young teens or kids feel bad.

cyberbullying is an internet harassment and you can sue for that but you should check your state laws to see if they have the anti-cyberbully laws. You can call a lawyer or even a lawschool.

Sincerely, i believe Cyber bulling is one of the easiest things to prevent. I think most of our teenagers are too emotionally attached to the useless words of a remote stranger and as such, continue to respond to them until they are caught within the bully’s objectives.
To prevent this first and foremost, parents, guardians and experts should educate all and preempt every possible cyber bulling words ever known. They should table these words black and white before our teens and encouraged them that these are hateful words from losers and from those who want to hurts them , and they should not respond to any text they suspect to be. THAT IS THE FIRST STEP. NEVER RESPOND, JUST BLOCK.
An example, i told my kids when they browse the internet and they discover that there are people who tell them they are ugly and they should go kill themselves and do some evil deeds. that all they have to do is block the intruder and NEVER RESPOND, EVEN WHEN THEY FEEL THEY HAVE TO COUNTER ATTACK.

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OMG THIS IS SOO AWESOME THANKSSSSS

this cyber thing must stop

THANK YOU

Here’s just a little comment about cyber bullying.
I’ve been cyber bullied so many times. I hate it. I personally think cyber bullying is more hurtful than physical, or verbal bullying because you can’t help but read what people are saying to you. Then, you have to live with those words for the rest of your life. But, here’s the thing about cyber bullying; you don’t HAVE to read what they’re saying. You can ignore it, if you really wanted to. It’s up to YOU if you read it or not. But that still doesn’t make it right. It sucks!! I’ve cried myself to sleep.
You don’t have to do that. You don’t have to be like me. Stay strong. Because I promise. People behind a laptop, feel like they have more power. 9 times out of 10, they WOULD NEVER confront you to your face. Most people are nicer in person than they are over the internet. Just remember all of the options you have. Blocking the person, reporting the person, standing up to the person, if you have to.. delete your account on whatever it is! You don’t have to feel weak, I promise.

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this website is absolutely beautiful and I hope all our youngsters are able to read this. I never actually been through it myself and by the will of my lord Allah I hope I never will.

to long shorten it up. nobodys gonna want to read this

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stop cyber bllying!!

cyber bulling is not nice and it needs to stop and im 10 years old and stop bulling 1,2,3,4,5,6 graders because it’s not nice

thank u so much for the help of cyberbullying#

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plz stop cyberbullying it is destroying my life i am going to kill my self

Hi Everyone,

ParentFurther admin here. We wanted to address some of the alarming feedback that we’ve been receiving about children being bullied. We realize that many parents either do not know where to go for help, or aren’t getting the support they need from teachers and school administrators.

While ParentFurther cares deeply about bullying, we are limited in our ability to intervene in specific cases; bullying and other discipline policies and laws are set at the state and local levels.

We can, however, offer resources for parents, including tips for recognizing the signs of bullying and cyberbullying.

http://www.stopbullying.gov is the official, U.S. government site for bullying prevention. You can find many resources for help here: http://www.stopbullying.gov/topics/get_help/.

  • If Someone is at immediate risk of harm because of bullying, call the police at 911!
  • If your child is feeling suicidal because of bullying Contact the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • If your child’s teacher is not keeping your child safe from being bullied, contact local school administrator (principal or superintendent)
  • If your school is not keeping your child safe from being bullied, contact the State School Department
  • If your child is sick, stressed, not sleeping, or is having other problems because of bullying, contact your counselor or other health professional
  • If your child is bullied because of their race, ethnicity, or disability and local help is not working to solve the problem, contact the U.S. Department of Education’s Office on Civil Rights

Remember, If your child is prepared to deal with negative situations, he or she will be better able to handle bullying, and may even have a positive influence on the bully. And if you know when to step in, you can help prevent further violence from occurring, no matter whose child is involved.

who is the author of this article?

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who is the auther ?

it’s great for you guys to stop cyberbullying cause it ain’t cool

This was good but it needs to have more info on how to prevent it. :)

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I’ve been bullied

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Most students prefer to bully online now that we have technology literally in front of us everyday. It is easier for the bully to click a few buttons here and a few there and then that hurtful message, video or picture is out there. This website covers many of the things that we doctors do not like to brush or discuss, especially when it consists of past family members who have struggled with a child or children in this matter of bullying. My sincere thanks to this website for encouraging our youth and our parents of the US to at least put forth an effort for change.

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I as a Pastor enjoy websites like this for it gives insight to the difference between face to face bullying and Cyber bullying. Have Faith and be trustful in the lord, to show that the church feels the pain of all the teens or adults out there I have put a few scriptures for hope and guidance in my comment and review of sorts.

2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.

2 Samuel 22:3-4 my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence. 4 I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.

Hebrews 13:5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Luke 6:35
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away

Philippians 4:19 – But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:13
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

thank you!!!

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