Cyberbullying

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“Cyber bullying statistics refers to Internet bullying. Cyber bullying is a form of teen violence that can do lasting harm to young people. Bullying statistics show that cyber bullying is a serious problem among teens. By being more aware of cyber bullying, teens and adults can help to fight it “(Bullying Statistics, 2009).

Cyber bullying can take many forms:

  • Sending mean messages or threats to a person’s email  account or cell 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 cell phones or the Internet
  • Sexting (Bullying Statistics, 2009).

For many victims, home is not a place of harmony, “Children can escape threats and abuse in the classroountitledm, only to find text messages and emails from the same tormentors when they arrive home” (Webster, 2007, para.1).

Cyber bullying is a new rapid type of bullying that can be used in many different forms of technological advances and has many great consequences such as depression, fear, anxiety, self esteem issues as well as suicide. This is why it is important to raise awareness about cyberbullying as many teenagers find it hard to talk to someone or tell them they are being bullied.

Remember it does not cost anything extra to be nice:)

Take a BrainPop quiz on cyberbullying, here is the link.http://www.brainpop.com/technology/computersandinternet/cyberbullying/quiz/

Here is a video on cyberbullying, take a look.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmQ8nM7b6XQ Retrieved, (10/04/13)

Resources:

Bullying Statistics. (2009). Cyberbullying statistics. Retreived 10th, April, 2012 from http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/cyber-bullying-statistics.html

Webster, C. (2007). What is Cyberbullying.BBC News. Retrieved 9th, April, 2013 from http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/5210886.stm

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