WHAT IS CYBERBULLYING?
"Cyberbullying" is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen usingthe Internet.
it is plain and simple cyber-harassment or cyberstalking. Adult cyber-harassment or cyberstalking is NEVER called cyberbullying.
The methods used are limited only bythe child's imagination and access to technology.
Cyberbullying is usually not a one time communication, unless it involves a death threat or a credible threat of serious bodily harm.
LUINow.. How does cyberbullying works?
There are two kinds of cyberbullying, direct attacks (messages sent directly) and cyberbullying by proxy (using others to help cyberbully the victim, either with orwithout the accomplice's knowledge).
How to prevent cyberbullying?
Educating the kids about the consequences (losing their ISP or IM accounts) helps. Teaching them to respect others and totake a stand against bullying of all kinds helps too.
Because their motives differ, the solutions and responses to each type of cyberbullying incident has to differ too. Unfortunately, thereis no "one size fits all" when cyberbullying is concerned.
What is the school's role in this?
When schools try and get involved by disciplining the student for cyberbullying actions thattook place off-campus and outside of school hours, they are often sued for exceeding their authority and violating the student's free speech right.
Take a stand against cyberbullying
Educationcan help considerably in preventing and dealing with the consequences of cyberbullying.
eaching kids to “Take 5!” before responding to something they encounter online is a good place to start.FER
Parents can help kids understand how much bullying hurts.
We need to know that silence, when others are being hurt, is not acceptable.
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