Cyber-bullying involves the use of information and communication technologies such as email, cell phone and text messages, instant messaging, and defamatory personal websites, to support deliberate, repeated and hostile behavior by an individual or group that is intended to harm others. - Bill Belsey
How to Prevent Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying is bullying online. It consists of any of the following actions committed by an individual or group to another individual or group: threats of violence, hate speech, harassment peer pressure, bribery, psychological abuse, extortion. Cyberbullying can have a serious detrimental effect on a person’s self-esteem, emotional well-being, and sense of personal safety. As a result, this can lead to the following negative consequences: depression, despondence, self-destructive behavior, and poor performance in school or at work.
Looking at the most recent victims of cyber bullying, both boys and girls are likely to report feeling angry, sad, and embarrassed. Slightly more girls than boys feel frustrated, while significantly more boys are scared as a result of cyberbullying.
1. Cyberbullying is a growing trend all over the world 2. Most children do not tell adults when they have been cyber bullied 3. Children as young as five years can become victims of cyberbullying 4. One in four, aged eleven to nineteen, has been threatened via their computers or cell phones, including death threats. [NCH -National Children's Home, UK].
Cyber-Bullying Prevention Fifteen-year old Iain Steele of Western Springs, Illinois hanged himself with a belt after being assaulted by schoolmates in cyberspace, where students posted a video on Facebook making fun of his taste for heavy metal music. Find out more...
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