Cyber bullyingMay 18th, 2008 • Category: Care Share
Cyber bullying … you can’t be serious?
More and more teens, parents and schools have to deal with incidents of cyber bullying but what is this new phenomenon?
Is cyber bullying the same as face-to-face bullying?
Cyber bullying may be part of other types of bullying such as face-to-face bullying, but it is more powerful because it reaches into homes and personal space. This makes it especially difficult to control or stop.
Cyber bullying can take the form of verbal abuse or threats but often teens may make hurtful comments unintentionally or in a joking way without realising the consequences of these actions. What may be seen as a joke to the sender may not be received as a joke.
Should parents and teens take cyber bullying seriously?
There are increasing reports of teens who have become depressed and suicidal as a result of cyber bullying.
What about bystander cyber bullying?
Cyber bullying creates a wide audience because so many people can share in the cellular or Internet communication. Passing on or showing other teens messages or images is participating in the bullying. Taking part in online chats where someone is being verbally insulted, abused or humiliated is articipating in cyber bullying. Parents, teachers and teens need to talk about and understand the consequences of bystander cyber bullying.
What can be done about cyber bullying?
Technology is not all negative. It really can empower and improve children’s educational and social experiences. However, if technology is misused or abused it can cause untold harm and pain.
Learn how to stop cyber bullying before it becomes a problem.
Numbers to call for help:
South African Police Service
emergency number: 10111
Childline – 0800 05 55 55
Crime stop – 08600 10111
Suicide helpline – 0800 567 567
Mental health line (for depression
and anxiety) – (011) 262 6396