Cyber bullying has become an increased problem among young people particularly between 9-14 years old. 

Bullying in the past was generally understood to be a verbal or physical altercation between a bully and a victim and usually thought to be handled between kids.  Technology has bought about an entirely new method of bullying and it requires immediate adult or parental interference.

Cyber-bullying is when someone repeatedly harasses, mistreats, or makes fun of another person online or while using cell phones or other electronic devices. 

Cyber-bullies come in all shapes and sizes.  Because people who cyber-bully can hide behind the anonymity, they are often physically weak and socially awkward.  Often, they are the victims of traditional bullying who turn to cyber-bullying to get revenge.

Cyber-bullying is just as bad if not worse than traditional forms of bullying.

 

Dangerous Effect of Cyber-Bullying

  • Technology is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:  there is no escape
  • Cyber-bullying can target a large audience
  • Can be more harsh—empowerment to say things without seeing a reaction—“keyboard courage”
  • Bullies can remain anonymous providing more opportunity for harassment and the hope of not getting caught
  • Bullies can be anyone from any social status
  • Leads to emotional and psychological pain, depression, low self-esteem, high anxiety, suicide, homicide
  • Affects students’ participation in, and success at school

 

Cyber-Bullying - What Should A Parent Do?

  • Educate your children not to reply to messages—block the sender
  • Keep a copy of the messages for a report
  • Advise the school and/or police
  • Contact the Internet Service Provider (ISP)
  • Websites have links or buttons where inappropriate content can be reported
  • Consider the recommended or lawful age to have a social network account—often this is 13; place computer in common room of home

 

Please note that every school is assigned a School Liaison Officer by the Hamilton Police Service. 

Division 1…..905-540-6088

Division 2…..905-546-2959

Division 3…..905-546-3889

 

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