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CYBER Bullying

What is Cyber Bullying?

Bullying happens when a person is repeatedly harassed, mistreated, or made fun of via e-mails, web sites, text messaging, cell phones, video, blogs or any other form of communication that occurs electronically.

This repeated and hostile behaviour that is designed to harm others through the use of internet and computer communications can come from an individual or even a group.

Cyber bullying may include the following activities:

  1. Posting of slanderous messages on social networking sites,
  2. Spreading of rumours online,
  3. Excluding a person from an online group ,
  4. Sending of unsolicited messages via text, instant messaging or email.

As this kind of bullying can take place anywhere, victims can no longer feel safe within their homes. This in turn causes great distress and negative impact on the victim’s self-esteem and confidence.

How do I deal with Cyber Bullying?

  1. Don’t retaliate or respond.
  2. Block the person doing the bullying and change your privacy settings.
  3. Report it – Click the report abuse button.
  4. Collect the evidence – keep mobile phone messages and print emails or social networking conversations.
  5. Talk to someone you trust, like a family member or friend.

Talking to your teachers or parents can make a difference. Your school may have policies in place to deal with bullying and cyber bullying.

What do you do if your friend is being bullied online?

While it can be hard to know if your friends are being cyber bullied if you see or know about cyber bullying happening to a friend:

  1. Don’t forward messages or pictures. Though you may not have started it, you will become part of the cyber bullying cycle.
  2. Stand up and speak out – tell a trusted adult.
  3. Support your friend and report the bullying.

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