Cyberbullying

Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queenbees and Wannabees, referred to the Internet as a weapon of mass social destruction. She may be right. According to the CDC nearly 35%  of youth report being  bullied online.

What is Cyber-bullying?

  • Harassing through hurtful, rude, or mean text messages, email, or postings on social media sites.
  • Spreading rumors or lies about others through e-mail or social networks.
  • Creating websites, videos or social media profiles that embarrass, humiliate, or make fun of others.

 

Common Forms of Cyber-bullying

  • Flaming and Trolling – sending or posting hostile messages intended to “inflame” the emotions of others
  • Happy-Slapping – recording someone being harassed or bullied in a way that usually involves physical abuse, then posting the video online for public viewing
  • Identity Theft/Impersonation – stealing someone’s password and/or hijacking their online accounts to send or post incriminating or humiliating pictures, videos, or information
  • Photoshopping – doctoring digital images so that the main subject is placed in a compromising or embarrassing situation
  • Physical Threats – sending messages that involve threats to a person’s physical safety
  • Rumor Spreading – spreading gossip through e-mail, text messaging, or social networking sites.

 

Children who are cyberbullied are most likely to:

  • Have lower self-esteem
  • Have more health problems
  • Be unwilling to attend school
  • Receive poor grades
  • Experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Check our our page Your Child In Cyber-Space for information and tips.

The State of Virginia has developed a comprehensive report on Internet Safety.

It can be found here.