What is Cyberbullying, exactly?
Cyberbullying is when a child or teenager is, threatened, harassed, humiliated or otherwise targeted by another child using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. Cyberbullying is usually not a onetime communication, unless it involves a death threat or a credible threat of serious bodily harm.
How Cyberbullying works
There are two kinds of cyberbullying, direct attacks (messages sent to directly) and cyberbullying by proxy (using others to help cyberbully the victim, either with or without the accomplice’s knowledge). Because cyberbullying by proxy often gets adults involved in the harassment, it is much more dangerous.
Why do Children Cyberbully each other?
When it comes to cyberbullying, they are often motivated by anger, revenge or frustration. Sometimes they do it for entertainment or because they are bored and have too much time on their hands and too many tech toys available to them. Many do it for laughs or to get a reaction. Some do it by accident, and either send a message to the wrong recipient or didn’t think before they did something.
Because their motives differ, the solutions and responses to each type of cyberbullying incident has to differ too. Unfortunately, there is no generic cure where cyberbullying is concerned. Only two of the types of cyberbullies have something in common with the traditional schoolyard bully. Experts who understand schoolyard bullying often misunderstand cyberbullying, thinking it is just another method of bullying. But the motives and the nature of cybercommunications, as well as the demographic and profile of a cyberbully differ from their offline counterpart.
Educating the kids about the consequences (losing their ISP or IM accounts) helps. Teaching them to respect others and to take a stand against bullying of all kinds helps too.
In our specialist workshops we offer help to children who need it guidance on subjects such as Cyberbullying how to prevent or safeguard against it, ways of dealing with bullies and making sure that you have your privacy and security settings set correctly.
Our Anti Bullying Workshops are aimed at helping children understand in more detail about bullying and how to deal with it, it is important that all of us look out for these signs and try to help put a stop to it. We also offer workshops for adults to help guide them in the correct direction regarding bullying, aimed at teachers and parents it is important to know how to deal with both victims and bullies.
Our Anti Bullying Workshops are designed to be customised according to the needs of your organisation and are a natural compliment to your anti-bullying policy.