At Learning Insights, we have seen the direct consequences of cyber bullying in some of the individuals we assess and in the schools we visit. Mobile phones, Internet access and social networking have opened many doors for teenagers to stay connected to one another. However, they have also brought the dangers of bullying, as more and more teenagers are exposed to verbal and visual violence. In today’s interconnected world, bullying poses a serious threat to countless teens.
Compared to the bully in the hallways and playgrounds of schools, the bully’s character has extended its reach, becoming pervasive, invasive, and penetrative, through computer screen and mobiles phones. Cyber bullying is bullying behaviour (tormenting, threatening, harassment, etc.) that takes place through electronic media, including the Internet and mobile phones. This form of bullying can take various guises:
Girls are just as likely as boys to engage in cyber bullying or fall victim to cyber bullying. A target of bullying can easily become an aggressor, feeling the need to retaliate, while someone who attempts to defend a target of bullying ends up becoming a target themselves.
Cyber bullying is a form of teen violence that has lasting and even deadly repercussions for many teenagers. It’s also a form of violence that most parents don’t find out about until it is too late, since over half of young teens who experience or witnessed online bullying, do not tell their parents.
We have a powerful presentation on cyber bullying for pupils in the upper school age range. If you would like to know more about this for your school then CONTACT US directly at Learning Insights. This presentation also helps the school address issues of confidentiality and the use of social netoworks sites, the sharing of personal details etc. for staff, pupils and parents.
Parents and authority figures need to become more aware of cyber bullying as it happens. Parent need to talk to their teens about cyber bulling and encourage teens to alert an adult if there is anything that makes them feel uncomfortable or bothered. Victims of cyber bullying should keep messages as proof for parents and the police, especially if the messages are threatening or sexual in nature. There are other ways parents and teens can help stop cyber bullying in its tracks:
If you would like to know more about this for your school then CONTACT US directly at Learning Insights.