What is Cyber bullying?

Cyber bullying is when a child or young adult is tormented, harassed, threatened, humiliated or targeted by another child or young adult using interactive technologies. (Stop cyber bullying, http://www.stopcyberbullying.org) In order to be considered “cyberbullying” the harassment online or through mobile phones must be between two minors. Once an adult becomes involved it is then deemed cyber-harassment or cyber stalking. The cyber bullying phenomenon is becoming more and more prevalent and more and more serious as children have been killing each other and committing suicide after involvement in a cyber bullying incident.

There are two kinds of cyber bullying: direct attacks and cyber bullying by proxy. Direct attacks are when messages are sent to kids directly. Some forms of direct attacks include: instant messaging or text messaging, stealing passwords, using blogs or other websites, sending pictures through phones or internet, sending viruses, porn or other junk e-mail, impersonating or posing and/or interactive gaming. Cyber bullying by proxy, on the other hand, occurs when a child uses others to help cyber bully the victim, with or without the accomplice’s knowledge. (Stop cyber bullying, http://www.stopcyberbullying.org) Cyber bullying by proxy is often noted as the more dangerous type of bullying because it often includes the help of an adult. Two different types of cyber bullying by proxy occurs when a bully provokes the victim online until the victim lashes out, the bully then saves the conversation and sends it to the victim’s parents; the bully can also “report” the victim to the communication system they are using (AOL, MSN, etc.) in an attempt to get the company to take action against the victim.

There are several reasons why children turn to cyber bullying. For example, some are power hungry and torment others to boost their ego, mean girls may do it to remind others of their social standing and those who are used to being bullied may seek revenge from the comfort of behind a screen. Cyber bullying has a unique characteristic that may make harassing or tormenting easier for many children to carry out. That is, because the bullying is done through various technologies, it allows for less accountability and reduces empathy toward the victim because it is not face to face.

Impact on the School and Classroom

It is often difficult for schools to get involved disciplining students for cyber bullying actions outside of school and outside of school hours as this is often seen as outside of their jurisdiction and a violation of the students’ right to free speech. However, schools can be effective in slowing and stopping cyber bullying by working with the parents and students to educate them on cyber bullying and cyber ethics. The main role of schools and teachers in the cyber bullying epidemic is prevention. Teachers and other school personnel must make a point to address the seriousness of cyber bullying and educate their students about what cyber bullying is and the consequences for participating in any form of online bullying. As technology becomes increasingly more present in the lives of children, it becomes the responsibility of educators to teach cyber ethics, etiquette, and how to use technology responsibly as a way to educate students about as well as prevent cyber bullying.

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Stop Cyber Bullying. http://www.stopcyberbullying.org