Worried that your child is being bullied online? In this unit we discuss the various forms of cyberbullying. From cyber stalking to harassment on social media, identity theft to technical aggression, we discuss the various ways cyberbullies attack other children. We use our case study to give you a good example of how cyberbullying can manifest itself.
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Many parents are reluctant to accept that the rights and freedoms of their children should be limited in some way. We think that in the case of the Internet, which is a completely new medium that carries very specific threats, the activity of young people should at least be monitored. Read how to properly define the limits of your child's online freedom.
While the dream of the Internet was to be a repository of knowledge, allowing everyone to access the collective wisdom of the entire world, it has quickly turned out that it is not particularly friendly to young people. Sexting is one of the most serious threats to the safety (real and mental) of our children, so it is worth knowing as much about it as possible.
Even the seemingly innocent behavior of young people on the internet can have serious consequences. Cyberbullying is being treated more and more seriously - mainly because many children do not realize that their jokes and pranks can sometimes bring serious trouble for them and their friends. Work with your child to study the worksheet below to help him or her identify activities that should not be done online.
Review the stories below and try to answer the question if they show examples of cyberbullying.
After sport classes, Tony took a photo of Michael taking a shower and then was laughing and shouted, “I will send it to all the girls in the class now!” At Michael’s request, he deleted the photo but he texted him in the evening: “Are you sure that absolutely no more people are going to see it? ;-)”
Can Toby’s behaviour be considered cyber bullying?
Yes! Despite the fact that there is no big advantage of strength in this situation and only one particular person is the offender, his motivation was clear: firstly, to humiliate his friend, and then let him know that the problem is not solved and make him worry for a long time.
That is not a typical cyber bullying example, yet it is a behaviour which may trigger the harassment circle for sure.
Amanda was getting ready to go to a party with a friend. As she was not experienced in putting on cosmetics, her make-up was not perfect, even funny. Her friend took a photo of her and put it on Instagram with a caption, “Trying hard, right girls?”
Amanda has suffered from mockery and pranks before and this particular party was extremely important for her as a boy that she liked a lot was going to be there. Her friend did not listen to her begging not to publish the photo, replying with, “Come on, it’s just fun!”.
Can Amanda’s friend’s behaviour be considered cyberbullying?
Yes! Her friend knew it well that Amanda would be embarrassed and would not feel comfortable about it. The offender’s behaviour was deliberate and aimed at causing trouble to her unpopular classmate. This joke might have seemed innocent, yet for Amanda – just like for all young people – the group’s approval is extremely important.
The behaviour which was aimed at humiliating the victim, added to the other acts of oppressive behaviour towards her, has a long-lasting affect and comes from a motivation to harm and seek advantage.