In our ever increasing world of technology, bullying online is becoming more and more frequent. I have provided some useful information about cyberbully and bullying, with some tips on how to prevent cyberbullying and staying safe online. Knowing the difference between cyberbullying and bullying is helpful but you must know that both are harmful and hurtful to a person.
What is the difference between cyberbullying and bullying?
- Bullying is the act of intentionally causing harm to others, through verbal harassment, physical assault, or excluding someone from a group or spreading rumours that really are untrue.
- Cyber-bullying is bullying using technology. This means sending nasty text messages, posting on social media sites that are targeted to the person that are untrue and embarrassing.
Different ways bullying is carried out through technology
- Email – Sending threatening emails or intimidating someone.
- Social Networking Sites – Posting hurtful comments on someone’s profile.
- Chatrooms – Saying nasty things in chat and instant messaging.
- Gaming – Ganging up on another player or excluding them.
- Mobile Phones – Making prank calls, nasty texts and photo messages.
- Webcams – Making people do things on webcams that upset them.
- Forums and Message Boards – Ganging up on someone, excluding someone, making hurtful comments.
How does bullying make someone feel?
When someone is being bullied, it makes some the person feel embarrassed, scared, tearful, sad and anxious. They can also be frustrated, stressed and may want to retaliate. The person will often feel intimidated and may also feel sorry for themselves. They may feel like they cannot tell anyone about it and will make them feel unhappy and worthless.
How can you help prevent cyberbullying?
- Report any cyberbullying, even if it’s not happening to you, tell someone you trust.
- Never respond/retaliate as it could make matters worse. Block the cyberbullies from contacting you immediately.
- Save and print any bullying messages, posts, pictures or videos that you receive.
- Make a note of the dates and times they are received.
- Keep your passwords private and secure.
- Do not post any personal information or pictures online.
The internet is a great place for fun and learning, so make sure you use the internet safely!
Tips to staying safe online
- Do not post information that is very personal – keep information general at all times.
- Think carefully about posting pictures online – once it’s there, anyone can see it or use it.
- Don’t share your passwords – keep your personal information private!
- It’s not a good idea to meet up with anyone you meet online – you don’t really know who they are!
- Try to think carefully before you write things online – people can get the wrong idea from what you have written.
- Respect other people’s views – just because you don’t agree with them, it doesn’t mean you have to be rude or abusive.
For more information about cyberbullying, visit Childline