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Cyber Bullying

At Learning Insights, we have seen the direct consequences of cyber bullying in some of the individuals we assess and in the schools we visit.  Mobile phones, Internet access and social networking have opened many doors for teenagers to stay connected to one another. However, they have also brought the dangers of bullying, as more and more teenagers are exposed to verbal and visual violence. In today’s interconnected world, bullying poses a serious threat to countless teens. 

What is Cyber Bullying?

Compared to the bully in the hallways and playgrounds of schools, the bully’s character has extended its reach, becoming pervasive, invasive, and penetrative, through computer screen and mobiles phones. Cyber bullying is bullying behaviour (tormenting, threatening, harassment, etc.) that takes place through electronic media, including the Internet and mobile phones. This form of bullying can take various guises:

  • delivering threats or hurtful messages to someone via email or text message
  • spreading false rumours through text message, online boards or social networking sites
  • leaving hurtful, harassing or threatening messages on web pages or social networking sites
  • impersonating someone else online to harass or hurt another person
  • spreading unflattering or sexually suggestive pictures of another person via the Internet or mobile phones

Girls are just as likely as boys to engage in cyber bullying or fall victim to cyber bullying. A target of bullying can easily become an aggressor, feeling the need to retaliate, while someone who attempts to defend a target of bullying ends up becoming a target themselves.

Cyber bullying is a form of teen violence that has lasting and even deadly repercussions for many teenagers. It’s also a form of violence that most parents don’t find out about until it is too late, since over half of young teens who experience or witnessed online bullying, do not tell their parents.

We have a powerful presentation on cyber bullying for pupils in the upper school age range.  If you would like to know more about this for your school then CONTACT US directly at Learning Insights. This presentation also helps the school address issues of confidentiality and the use of social netoworks sites, the sharing of personal details etc. for staff, pupils and parents.

How to Stop and Prevent Cyber Bullying

Parents and authority figures need to become more aware of cyber bullying as it happens. Parent need to talk to their teens about cyber bulling and encourage teens to alert an adult if there is anything that makes them feel uncomfortable or bothered. Victims of cyber bullying should keep messages as proof for parents and the police, especially if the messages are threatening or sexual in nature. There are other ways parents and teens can help stop cyber bullying in its tracks:

  • Teens should never share personal information online or meet people they only know online
  • Parents should keep the computer centrally located in a shared area (i.e. living room or family room) and not allow teens to have computers or Internet access in their own rooms.
  • Teens should be encouraged to not share anything they don’t want made public through texting or instant messaging.

If you would like to know more about this for your school then CONTACT US directly at Learning Insights

Cyber bullying is becoming a growing concern.  We have an INSET for teachers, though we believe it is vitally important young people understand how to cope with many aspects of the internet. A good starting place is helping them understand some key features of how to protect themselves and why schools, teachers ands parents set the limits they do set. If you would like to know more about this presentation, do cal us/CONTACT US