Cyber Bullying– Deal with It Now or Pay the Consequences!

cyber bullyingWith the explosive growth in the popularity of social media applications, smart phones, laptop computers, and other modes of inter-personal communication, cyber bullying is rapidly becoming a major source of disruption at schools throughout the country.

Cyber bullies often think that what they do is funny, but bullied students are true victims of violence; they may suffer depression, their grades may decline, and unfortunately, there is a growing number of bullied students that are driven to take their own lives.

Bullying takes many shapes and forms, including:

  • The sending of aggressive, threatening or mean messages to another person’s email or cell phone
  • The spreading of hurtful and/or malicious rumors about a person, using web sites, email accounts, social networks or cell phones.
  • The stealing of a person’s cyber identities (e.g., email account) and their use to attack, threaten or malign this person or others.
  • The use of real or fake identities to initiate, sustain and develop sexually oriented interaction with youth or adults on the web.
  • The use of websites, email accounts or cell phones to post, disseminate and distribute unflattering or sexually oriented images about a person.

The Numbers

Though cyber bullying is a relatively new social phenomenon, the statistics are quite alarming:

  • Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in bullying.
  • More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyber threats online.
  • Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet.
  • Well over half of young people do not tell their parents when bullying occurs.

Source: i-Safe Foundation


Dealing with Cyber Bullying

Teens, adults, parents, schools, social organizations, web-based organizations and local and state authorities can and should fight bullying without delay.

Here are some of the actions that every person and/or responsible authority should take:

  • Seek professional advice, from people who are at the forefront of the cyber bullying fight.
  • Increase Awareness – Learn, educate yourself and your environment and do not ignore signs of cyber bullying.
  • Educate your students and your staff about bullying, explain why and how it is wrong and potentially hurtful.
  • Establish and enforce clear rules designed to mitigate against committing and being a victim of bullying.
  • Inculcate a culture of ethical cyber culture within your family, organization, company.
  • Create an atmosphere of openness, conducive to discussion, disclosure and reporting of bullying.
  • Monitor teen and youngsters’ online activities.
  • Report signs of bullying to the authorities, to school administrators and to social network operators.
  • Encourage teens never to share personal information online or to meet someone they only know online.

Cyber Bullying Pay Dearly Too

Educators and parents recognize that cyber bullying may become a major problem for the bullies as well:

  • Evidence of aggressive, even criminal online activities during middle and high school may reflect badly on them later when the young adult applies for college or a job.
  • Bullies can lose their cell phone or online accounts.
  • Bullies and their parents may face legal and criminal charges.
  • If a cyber bullying activity is sexual in nature or involved sexting, the results can include the bully being registered as a sex offender.

TAL Global’s multi-disciplinary team of school security experts brings together a unique blend of experience, knowledge and innovative solutions that can make a real change for the better.

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