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Cyberbullying - a Dangerous Trend
What was once confined to the school yard has expanded into cyberspace, and these days, cyberbullies are causing more than just hurt feelings. Studies suggest that more than 42% of kids have been bullied while online. With serious results in many Cyberbullying Cases, including suicide, it is a concept that definitely deserves the attention of computer users on a worldwide basis.
What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullies use various aspects of technology to threaten, harass, or embarrass other internet users. Victims are often teens or preteens who live in the same area or attend the same school district as the cyberbully.
On a fairly frequent basis, cyberbullies send e-mails, instant messages, or text messages to the intended victim's mobile phone or computer. Cyberbullying can also include leaving hurtful messages on a victim's blog. From threats of physical harm to willfully disclosing personal data and photos to many other internet users, the harmful behavior perpetrated by cyberbullies tends to defame and embarrass victims. The cyberbullies of today tend to be the victims of yesterday, and bullies and victims trade roles on a fairly regular basis.
Cyberbullying can occur directly or indirectly. In the case of direct bullying, one bully communicates with just one victim. The messages they trade back and forth are only between the two of them. In the case of indirect bullying, others are involved with the process. Often adults are involved, and few of the bullies know the victim. Whether they manage to get the victim's IM account or blog banned or they encourage others to post horrible information about the victim, the danger is very real because so many individuals are ganging up on the victim. With more bullies comes more power and more damage.
Just One Example
On October 17, 2006, teenager Megan Meier committed suicide. Soon after opening a MySpace account, Megan had begun to correspond with an individual whose screen name was ‘Josh Evans.' While the two spend some time corresponding, the tone of the correspondence changed dramatically in October. ‘Josh Evans' sent several hurtful messages to Megan. The final one read, "The world would be better off without you." Megan hung herself that evening. Federal prosecutors are currently considering charges of both wire fraud and cyber fraud against the cyberbully who called herself ‘Josh Evans.'
The Causes of Cyberbullying
Cyberbullies tend to be motivated by many different things. From anger at their victims to frustration with the world around them, cyberbullies often have a jumble of emotions that lead them to harass victims. Some cyberbullies even attack victims for entertainment or power. With so many aspects of technology at any given bully's disposal, cyberbullying is neither difficult nor uncommon.
Unfortunately, experts don't think all of the causes of cyberbullying are related to the causes behind traditional bullying. Studies have show that both the type of communication that occurs and the demographics involved with cyberbullying tend not to correlate with those of their offline counterparts, leaving lots of parents, school officials, and researchers in the dark as to the exact causes.
What You Can Do About It
The best way to handle cyberbullying is to prevent it from ever occurring. Educating potential victims and creating awareness campaigns can help to stop the process. Ensuring that both schools and parents are involved with internet use as a whole may also help to prevent it from occurring. Teaching kids to keep their information safe while online is another way to prevent cyberbullying.
If it does occur, it is essential that it be addressed immediately. While it may not be a case for law enforcement, getting the Internet Service Provider (ISP) and/or host site involved is probably a good idea. Keep in mind that every cyberbully attack is different, so helping the victim to clearly communicate the type of threat, the frequency of messages, the potential sources, and the nature of the threat will help to ensure that proper action is taken.
In some cases, law enforcement must be involved. Contact members of the police department if a threat of physical violence is present, if the material involved is obscene, or if physical harassment is taking place as a result of the cyberbullying. At times, civil prosecution may be an option as well. Should the victim's rights be infringed on during the bullying, it is a good idea to contact an attorney.
Potential victims must know how to respond to a cyberbully should they encounter one while online. In case of an incident, the victim should:
Ignore the emails, messages, or postings that use harmful language.
Not forward bullying messages to others.
Ignore emails, messages, and postings from known bullies.
Block the addresses of known bullies.
Show the messages to trusted adults including parents, teachers, or counselors.
An increasingly serious problem in today's technology based world, cyberbullying must be addressed on an ongoing basis.
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Adoptees: were you ever bullied at school?
I just recently got over a major cyberbullying case and I was wondering if any other adoptees have dealt with terrible people like I have.
Some of the emails said things like: You were born and raised on the baby farm, now I think our school is out of eggs, why don't you go get some.
Another: Your mother didn't love you, she didn't care about you.
And then one where they pretended they were my mom:
how are you, i love you. please come back i didn't mean to let you go, i am sorry. you are the most beautiful thing ever. i never meant to cause you pain but it wasn't my fault. you were made wrong. you were unloveable. and i am sure you still are but i would like to give you a second chance. i promise you i wont hurt you.
Ever get crap like this from school?
I used to be a foster, I know what its like. And yes the authorities did catch them since lots of profanity got into these emails and they were being sent at school. And also they got suspended too so...
Maybe schools should have an educational video on what its like, i mean they have them for kids about immigrants, so why not, right?
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Who is disappointed in the Myspace Cyberbullying case?
I say she goes to prison. I don't give a crap whether she has children. Annoying bigot ought to think before she pulls crap like that. She was stupid enough to break the law. Send her to Jail! She instigated the suicide by saying, "the world would be a better place without you." I have no sympathy for crooks of this lowly world.
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Cyberbully, is this the same thing?
I had a personal dispute with a kid at school because he owes me 150 dollars after saying he would pay me back asap (he has no intent on repaying me). He posted a status on myspace saying, "i might be getting sick" and i commented saying, "Karma?". Then he posted, "I will kill you", and then posted a new status as, "Sharp, Mood: Throatcutta" Is that enough to start a cyberbullying case, because i know he has taken a knife to school before. Should i just wait to see if he ever posts a direct threat towards me? What should i do if i want to get him expelled, or even sue him for putting my life at danger?
He is usually so fucked up on Thizz, he doesnt think properly, thats the only reason why im worried. Hes so mentally distorted, he probably cant see right from wrong, and might be high when he tries to hurt me.
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Cyberbullying survey-need 20 people aged 11-20 to answer!?
I'm doing a survey about cyberbullying to include in my citizenship coursework and I need you to complete this survey to help me gather statistics to help me in my campaign to decrease the number of cyberbullying cases.
Pick one answer for each question.
1. How old are you?
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
2. How long do you usually spend on social networking sites per day?
0-1hours 1-2hours 2-3hours 3-4hours 4hours+
3. Have you ever been a victim of cyberbullying?
4. If your answer to question 3 was yes, what form of cyberbullying did you receive? (pick all that apply)
Email Text IM Other (please state)
5. Have you ever cyberbullied anyone?
6. On a scale of 1-10, how well do you think bullying is dealt with? (1 is really badly and 10 is really good)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
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Do you know any computer-intelligent individuals?
Heya, I need someone who's advanced in the computer field because I'm trying to trace an ip address of a comment that was posted anonymously on a website called ask.fm. This is not for a form of a joke but rather, because it's a serious cyberbullying case. You can either reply it with your email address or just email me. Thanks in advance!
Thank you for the comments but, I'll just touch on some of them. This isn't just a reporting case.
We know that the bully is from our school
@Fola I just need to trace the IP of the user because we are assuming that she's in the junior's year and we think it's this one girl because there has been issues of distant bullying between this particular girl and the victim. I can roughly estimate where she lives and in the school, I can get access to the database with all the addresses of each student. It's mostly because I'm trying to protect this one student because she's in a bad state due to the bullying and it's strongly hinted that it's this girl but, we just need the proof.
@Roger The local police probably won't do much because it's a private school and we've tried everything. I will bring up that point to the parent but, I don't think they would do that. Her mom is asking me to find someone to help find out who it was but, I don
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Punishments for cyberbullies?
I've been bullying, and harassing this one girl on youtube who I don't even know. I have told her several times, to go cut herself, and even go kill herself. She replied back to me saying she was going to try to ignore this, but can't, and she claimed she did actually cut herself, and might actually kill herself. I replied back saying good you deserve it.
Now, her friends and family are getting involved and are threatening to get authorities involved. They can't do anything since this girl and I don't even know each other, right? This isn't a cyberbullying case which is occurring between two students in a school. This girl and I are probably in different states than each other. (Maybe even different countries!) So, there really is nothing that they can do, right? No punishments could actually be given to me, or am I wrong?
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