Cyberbullying

Written by David Zheng

What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is bullying that occurs through digital devices like computers and cellphones. Cyberbullying takes place in many forms. This may be through SMS, text, apps, online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can see, get involved in, or distribute content. Cyberbullying involves the actions of sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about another person. Humiliation or embarrassment is invoked when a victim gets cyberbullied when their personal or private information gets exposed. Social media is one of the most common place where cyberbullying takes place. Some examples are Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter.

Cyberbullying Techniques

Girl Getting Cyberbullied

There are different types of tactics that people utilize to carry out cyberbullying. If we are able to understand those ideas, it can be easier to recognize and prevent cyberbullying from happening. These techniques include but are not limited to:

Cyberbullying, or bullying in general, has such a negative impact on not only the person getting bullied but everyone that is involved. Just to satisfy yourself you put others down which is not what we should be doing. Bullying increases the chances that someone would suicide and many other problems arises from it. It is easier to understand these tactics by showing how they occur in the real world. Here is a table demonstrating some examples of how cyberbullying could happen:

Cyberbullying Examples Description
Jealousy bullying A teenage girl was harassed by other girls in her class for dating a very popular boy. The girls sent her hateful messages via text and social media, and wrote derogatory messages on her school locker.
Nude photo sharing A teenage girl sent a nude photo of herself to her boyfriend while they were dating. After they broke up, he shared the photo with other children, who then called her hurtful, derogatory names via text and social media.
Lies and false accusations A group of students got into trouble at school for being drunk, and accused a girl who knew nothing about it of reporting them to school officials. They began texting her day and night, and posted hateful, derogatory messages on social media. Other students saw their messages and joined in harassing the girl. She was bullied constantly via text, and in person at school. She eventually shut down her social media accounts and changed her phone number. Still, the bullying at school continued.
Bullied for being gay A teenage boy who was openly gay began receiving death threats via phone, text, and social media for being gay. Students created an anti-gay social media group and harassed him, posting hateful messages about him.

The above examples are taken from StopBullying.gov.

Here is a table showing experience of cyberbullying in 5 countries.

My child has experienced cyberbullying A child in my community has experienced cyberbullying Net parent awareness of cyberbullying in my country
Total 12% 26% 38%
United States 15% 26% 41%
India 32% 45% 77%
Brazil 20% 25% 45%
China 11% 25% 36%
Germany 7% 12% 19%

The above table is a section taken from PureSight..

Stop Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying Prevention

When a child is getting cyberbullied or doing it, there are signs to be notice for their actions. Such as an increase or decrease of usage of their device or when they are scared to show or talk about what they are doing on their devices. When the tradegy is known, there are some solutions to address the event. Here is a list of some:

The above solutions are interpreted from Delete Cyberbullying


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Works Cited

    “Cyberbullying statistics.” Cyberbullying Statistics | PureSight | Cyberbullying, Ipsos, Jan. 2012, www.puresight.com/Cyberbullying/cyber-bullying-statistics.html.
    
    “Delete Cyberbullying.” Preventing Cyberbullying, Delete Cyberbullying, endcyberbullying.net/preventing-cyberbullying/.
    
    “What Is Bullying.” StopBullying.gov, StopBullying.gov, 12 Sept. 2017, www.stopbullying.gov/what-is-bullying/index.html.
    
    

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Author: David Zheng