Cyber Bullying refers to Internet Bullying. Cyber Bullying is a form of teen violence that can do lasting harm to young people.
Bullying statistics indicate that cyber bullying is a serious problem among teens, by being more aware of cyber bullying teens and adults alike can help to fight it.
Cyber Bullying affects many adolescents and teens on a daily basis. It involves using technology, like mobile phones and the internet, to bully or harass another person.
Cyber Bullying can take many forms:
- Sending mean messages or threats to a person’s email account or mobile phone;
- Spreading rumors online or through texts;
- Posting hurtful or threatening messages on social networking sites or web pages;
- Stealing a person’s account information to break into their account and send damaging messages;
- Pretending to be someone else online to hurt another person;
- Taking unflattering pictures of a person and spreading them through mobile phones or the Internet;
- Sexting, or circulating sexually suggestive pictures or messages about a person.
Cyber Bullying can lead to anxiety, depression and even suicide. Once things are circulated on the Internet, they may never disappear, resurfacing at later times to renew the pain of cyber bullying.
Many cyber bullies think that bullying others online is funny. Cyber bullies may not realize the consequences for themselves of cyberbullying. The things teens post online now may reflect badly on them later when they apply for a job.
Cyber bullies can lose their mobile phone or online accounts for cyber bullying. Also, cyber bullies and their parents may face legal charges for cyber bullying, and if the cyber bullying was sexual in nature or involved sexting, the results can include being registered as a sex offender.
Teens may think that if they use a fake name they won’t get caught, but there are many ways to track some one who is cyber bullying.
- Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying.
- Well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyber bullying occurs.
- 95 per cent of teens that witnessed bullying on social media report that others, like them, have ignored the behaviour.
- Only one out of every six parents of adolescents and teens are even aware of the scope and intensity of cyber bullying today.
- Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their mobile phones or the Internet.
- More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyberthreats online.
- 11 per cent of adolescents and teens report that embarrassing or damaging photographs have been taken of them without their knowledge or consent.
- The most common types of cyber bullying tactics reported are mean, hurtful comments, as well as the spreading of rumours.