Cyber Bullying Workshops
We live in an exciting new age of technological development with devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones, and services such as Instant Messaging (IM), online gaming and discussion forums combining to create a virtual world popularly referred to as ‘cyberspace’.
Unlike their parents, children today are growing up in a world where the boundaries between what is private and what is public can be blurred and, unfortunately, the human tendency to exploit vulnerability in order to control and hurt others has led to the rise of a new manifestation of an age-old scourge – cyberbullying.
Cyberbullying has hit the headlines recently, with several teenagers taking their own lives, allegedly as a result of their experiences with certain forums.
Cyberbullying takes many forms and uses different platforms, but it is a recognised crime and has been defined by the National Crime Prevention Council as:
“When the Internet, cell phones or other devices are used to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person.”
Whether the offence is carried out by text, email or forum post, if it is deliberate, repeated and hostile then it is cyberbullying.
The goals of the cyberbully
Cyberbullying, like all bullying behaviour, is all about the abuse of power, with bully’s seeking to undermine their victim’s confidence and self-esteem while at the same time increasing their own. Cyberbullies may seek to achieve their aims by:
• Controlling/manipulating their victim
• Blackmail – including sexual blackmail
• Using threats
• Humiliating/putting down their victim
• Denigration (by defamation or spreading false rumours)
• Hacking, vandalising or otherwise compromising their victims online identity or property (e.g. ‘fraping’)
Some specific forms of cyberbullying are cyberstalking and cyber-harassment, with custodial sentences awarded in some circumstances.
Some of the platforms/services that can be abused by cyberbullies are:
• Text (SMS) messages
• Social media sites (e,g, Twitter and Facebook)
• Discussion forums
• Online interactive games
• Instant Messaging (IM)
Legislation, research and awareness education are improving all the time but technology changes at such a rate that society must be vigilant to protect vulnerable people from this form of abuse. 2020 Dreams is committed to helping in the fight against cyberbullying.
Sex and Cyberbullying
One particularly worrying aspect of cyberbullying involves the sexual exploitation of children by their peers in order to control behaviour or cause humiliation or harm. An example is the practice of persuading victims to take and share explicit images or videos and then posting (or threatening to post) the images online. 2020 Dreams believe that educating young people about respecting themselves and promoting healthy sexual development will go a long way to protecting them from this form of exploitation.
How 2020 Dreams Can Help
2020 Dreams offer Anti-Bullying Workshops run by experienced professional facilitators and designed specifically to engage with young people in a non-intimidating, non-judgmental environment. Our workshops, which involve strategies such as role-play and group discussion, will help students find their own solutions to conflict and assist in the process of developing a supportive environment which is conducive to learning and achievement. Cyberbullying is included among the topics covered by our workshops.
We also offer Sexual Relationships & Sexual Health Workshops to help children and young people develop self-respect and exercise wise choices with respect to their sexual health and behaviours.
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