Cyber bullying is any form of bullying which takes place on line, by phone, text, social media or messaging apps, chat rooms or you tube. Used properly social media sites can be a great way of keeping in touch with friends. However not everyone uses them for this purpose and not everyone is a friend. Being bullied on line is as hurtful and damaging as any other form of bullying. The effects of bullying can last a lifetime.
Cyber bullying is frighteningly common on the internet and sets us a new challenge about how to deal with it. A recent national bullying survey said that 42% of young people have experienced some form of cyber bullying.
The internet is in our homes and most young people carry phones around with them so it can feel as if there is no escape.
There are different types of cyber bullying. Harassment is sending offensive and insulting messages or being abusive to another person on line.
Denigration is when someone circulates untrue or personal information about another person for example gossip or sharing photos without permission.
Flaming is when someone is deliberately abusive to start an online fight.
Impersonation is when someone uses another persons identity or makes up false profiles.
Outing and trickery is exactly what it says – it is when a person tricks another into providing personal information and then shares it.
Cyber stalking is repeatedly pestering someone on line bombarding them with messages or sending them frightening messages. Cyber bullying can cause misery and distress. It can even cause suicide. Don’t put up with it.
If you think you are being bullied on line or face to face come and talk to us. We can help.