Cyber Bullying

 

Cyber bullying, by definition is  the use of electronic communication to bully a person.

 

Since the invention of social media, cyber bullying has been in effect. However, with the rise of technology, in 2015, 15.3 million out of the 24 million of us owned a smartphone showing that the vast majority of us now have a readily available device to be able to access all of the positive and negative aspects of social media. A negative being cyberbullying, a prevalent issue happening across the globe, especially Australia, being the ranked 3rd in number of searches to do with cyberbullying in 2015, showing a direct correlation between children being bullied, and children being bullied online.

 

Cyberbullying is the second most common form of bullying in australia since the rise of technology. Seeing as 80% of teens are using a smartphone everyday, risks become higher. Especially with the possibility of anonymity on sites like ask.fm whose site caused the suicide of a 14 year old girl in 2003. Which further proves that the aspect of anonymity is one of the leading aspects that lure bullies towards these sites to gain from the humiliation, suffering and defamation of any particular child.

 

Whilst cyber bullying occurs online, 9 out of 10 facebook users have reported that they have witnessed cyberbullying and 54% of those surveys claimed to have been bullied on facebook also. But what is the role of facebook and other leading social networks? Do they have a duty to tend to these cases or do they roll off into a pile to be dismissed. The answer is no, facebook and other social media platforms have no legal responsibility to the cause, however nonetheless an effort is made with a bullying prevention hub that offers advice and tools to victims, parents and bully’s. However the only direct online prevention is either blocking or reporting the user and if lucky having them taken off facebook, only for them to return with even more harassment.

 

What can be done?

Awareness:

Building awareness of the growing issue of cyberbullying among schools, parents, children,  communities, etc is a crucial role in the steps towards the intervention and prevention of these cases. In many cases an adult has not been informed cyberbullying is a real threat their children face day to day or does not notice the signs of cyberbullying or how to treat the sensitive situation at hand, which further negatively impacts the child, feeling as if there is nobody else they can turn to. Building awareness of this issue will increase resolution rates and give parents the tools and knowledge which is crucial in these situations, even if it is solely referring the adult to start conversations at school with teachers as a start or just understanding the huge role social media plays in your childs life despite it not being the same in your own.   

 

Online sites parents can educate themselves with:

https://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/what-is-it/index.htm

https://www.acorn.gov.au/learn-about-cybercrime/cyber-bullying

http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/prevention/parents_role.html

https://bullyingnoway.gov.au

 

Education:

Starting to educate children early in schools via online videos, posters, books, online hubs and third party organizations can and will teach children;

  • Safe and respectful online interactions
  • Digital citizenship
  • Esafety
  • Managing personal online activities
  • To always report cyberbullying despite fear of retribution

 

Tips for parents:

  • Provide intervention that restores instead of only punishing the child (eg, dont just take their phone or delete accounts)
  • Work to help understand the harm caused by actions
  • Amend the harm in some way
  • Commit to change
  • Starting a conversation
  • Establish rules for online use
  • Educate on internet safety and consequences of misuse
  • Dont invade privacy, however keep passwords in case you notice signs below
  • Blocking software
  • Start an internet use contract
  • Zero tolerance policy

 

Tips for teachers

  • Teach students it’s okay to report abuse
  • Establish firm policies and zero tolerance
  • Understand they identify more closely to their online presence
  • Team building
  • Involve parents
  • Establish conversations

 

Sites and resources for teachers:

 

https://studentwellbeinghub.edu.au/?origin-host=www.safeschoolshub.edu.au

https://bullyingnoway.gov.au

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=21&v=ES6nUrsVFQU

https://www.esafety.gov.au/esafety-information/esafety-issues/cyberbullying/cyberbullying-information-for-teachers

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/cyberbullying-toolkit

 

Noticing signs:

The key to prevention and restoration is observation, with early detection of a child struggling there is a higher chance of the child resuming normal activities and mood patterns which is where this list of signs comes into effect. A child may be experiencing cyberbullying if the child;

  • Unexpectedly stops using their devices
  • Appears angry, upset or depressed after using technology
  • Oversleeps or under-sleeps
  • Is abnormally withdrawn from usual friends
  • Had an increase or decrease in eating
  • Makes passing statements about the meaningless of life etc.
  • Desires to spend much more time with parents and family rather than friends

 

References

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Bullying No Way!. (2017). Bullying. No Way!. [online] Available at: https://bullyingnoway.gov.au [Accessed 9 Nov. 2017].

Bzaf.org.au. (2017). Cyber bullying | Bully Zero Australia Foundation. [online] Available at: http://bzaf.org.au/cyber-bullying/ [Accessed 9 Nov. 2017].

Center, C. (2017). Preventing Cyberbullying – Top Ten Tips for Parents. [online] Cyberbullying Research Center. Available at: https://cyberbullying.org/preventing-cyberbullying-top-ten-tips-for-parents-2 [Accessed 9 Nov. 2017].

Clifford, M. and Clifford, M. (2017). 15 Strategies Educators Can Use to Stop Cyberbullying – InformED. [online] InformED. Available at: https://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/15-strategies-educators-can-use-to-stop-cyberbullying/ [Accessed 9 Nov. 2017].

Commonsensemedia.org. (2017). Anti-Cyberbullying Toolkit | Common Sense Media. [online] Available at: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/cyberbullying-toolkit [Accessed 9 Nov. 2017].

Cyberbullyhotline.com. (2017). Cyberbullying Stats Show Massive Occurance Rate. [online] Available at: http://www.cyberbullyhotline.com/07-10-12-scourge.html [Accessed 9 Nov. 2017].

Education.gov.au. (2017). Cybersafety in schools | Department of Education and Training. [online] Available at: https://www.education.gov.au/cybersafety-schools [Accessed 9 Nov. 2017].

Facebook.com. (2017). Bullying Prevention Hub. [online] Available at: https://www.facebook.com/safety/bullying/ [Accessed 9 Nov. 2017].

Google.com.au. (2017). World Development Indicators-Google Public Data Explorer. [online] Available at: https://www.google.com.au/publicdata/explore?ds=d5bncppjof8f9_&met_y=sp_pop_totl&idim=country:AUS:CAN&hl=en&dl=en [Accessed 9 Nov. 2017].

NoBullying – Bullying & CyberBullying Resources. (2017). Social Media Bullying Has Become a Serious Problem – NoBullying – Bullying & CyberBullying Resources. [online] Available at: https://nobullying.com/social-media-bullying-has-become-a-serious-problem/ [Accessed 9 Nov. 2017].

NoBullying – Bullying & CyberBullying Resources. (2017). Bullying and Suicide Statistics in US, Australia and New Zealand – NoBullying – Bullying & CyberBullying Resources. [online] Available at: https://nobullying.com/suicide-statistics/ [Accessed 9 Nov. 2017].

Office of the eSafety Commissioner. (2017). Cyberbullying – information for teachers. [online] Available at: https://www.esafety.gov.au/esafety-information/esafety-issues/cyberbullying/cyberbullying-information-for-teachers [Accessed 9 Nov. 2017].

Patchin, J. (2017). Summary of Our Cyberbullying Research (2004-2016). [online] Cyberbullying Research Center. Available at: https://cyberbullying.org/summary-of-our-cyberbullying-research [Accessed 9 Nov. 2017].

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2 thoughts on “Cyber Bullying

  1. I agree with your argument. I think you had a very strong introduction and i liked how opened with the exact definition of cyber bullying.
    The information was very factual and educational, it is clear that a substantial about of time was spent creating this blog through the research that is shown.
    I think the way you have organised your blog was well thought out. I liked how you gave a lot of information and then went on gave a tips and solutions to the problems you have raised.
    I especially liked how you included the signs of cyber bullying because that provides an extra layer of useful information. One thing i would have liked to see in your blog would be some visual representations of cyber bullying etc. to give the blog a little more interesting factors.
    overall this was a very interesting blog and i think you did a great job at getting your point across.

  2. I can understand your firm stance on, what is shown, as a very important issue that concerns the target audience of social media as well, secondary audiences such as adults and the elderly. Yet for some reason I have to feel some refusal to believe that “cyber bullying” is an issue that teens have faced, nor has it ever been one “since the beginning of social media”.

    It is while reading this blog that I find flaws that bother me throughout. I fail to see why many of these statistics, if any at all, are relevant statistics as to why Australia is country that is, to put it simply, is a country that is consumed or engulfed in anonymous faces, relentlessly attacking young and uneducated defenceless children. Rather children are becoming belligerent, ignorant rats that are smothered with comfort by these “PC” educational systems, which give birth to a whole new breed of spoilt primates, that claim to have been cyber bullied, on the account that someone called them fat or said they dress like shit. Educate these idiots on the importance of knowledge and self awareness, not how to not be bullied, as if every child in this world are stupid enough to get bullied.

    You can’t get bullied if you are smart enough.

    ~Carter

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