Cyber-bullying is the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group, which is intended to harm others.
Unlike physical bullying, electronic bullies can remain virtually anonymous using temporary email accounts, pseudonyms in chat rooms, instant messaging programs, mobile phone text messaging, and other Internet venues to mask their identity; this perhaps frees them from normative and social constraints on their behaviour.
Additionally, electronic forums often lack supervision. While chat hosts regularly observe the dialog in some chat rooms in an effort to police conversations and evict offensive individuals, personal messages sent between users (such as electronic mail or text messages) are viewable only by the sender and the recipient, thereby outside the regulatory reach of such authorities.
Educating children about the consequences and how to correctly use various websites and social networks is a great starting point. Teaching them to respect others and to take a stand against bullying of all kinds helps too.
It is important for schools to educate children regarding cyberbulling and this is something that we take very seriously as this is a growing trend. Education can help considerably in preventing and dealing with the consequences of cyberbullying. The first place to begin an education campaign is with the children themselves.
In our Cyber Bullying workshops students are encouraged to consider the effects of cyber bullying, and the responsibility not only of the direct bullies but also of the people who view such things online.
Cyber Bullying and other internet safety issues are something that every school has to face. As young people spend more and more of their time online it is crucial that they are educated about the risks. Our workshops alert young people to internet safety issues as well as asking them to take responsibility for their actions on line.
Please visit our anti bullying workshops page to find out more information.
Or call us on 0800 689 9909 and we can help you.