Cyberbullying: A new and more prevalent way to bully


"Cyberbullying" is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor. Once adults become involved, it is plain and simple cyber-harassment or cyberstalking. Adult cyber-harassment or cyberstalking is NEVER called cyberbullying" (STOP cyberbullying).

I chose cyber bullying because I personally have experienced cyber bullying and though it did not affect me nearly as much as most, I can definitely relate to those who have experienced it.


Top 5 Things I learned while researching cyber bullying.

1) It is far more prevalent than most people would like to think.
  • Around half of teens have been the victims of cyber bullying
  • 95% of social media-using teens who have witnessed cruel behavior on social networking sites say they have seen others ignoring the mean behavior; 55% witness this frequently.
  • Only 1 in 10 teens tells a parent if they have been a cyber bully victim
  • Fewer than 1 in 5 cyber bullying incidents are reported to law enforcement
  • 1 in 10 adolescents or teens have had embarrassing or damaging pictures taken of themselves without their permission, often using cell phone cameras
  • About 1 in 5 teens have posted or sent sexually suggestive or nude pictures of themselves to others
  • Girls are somewhat more likely than boys to be involved in cyber bullying
2) Criminal charges can be brought against a child when they are revealed to be a cyber bully
3) It occurs most often in high school settings
4) It can occur both publicly and privately, while privately is harder to manage because the child being bullied won't want to show the assaults. (See stats above ^)
5) Cyber bullying victims are more likely to have low self esteem and to consider suicide

http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/cyber-bullying-statistics.html
Simple to read yet extensive to analyze results about cyberbullying. Overall, this was very helpful and is my 'one source to see if you only see one.' 5/5
http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/what_is_cyberbullying_exactly.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLuO0F0qE-Q
Invaluable resource I knew (and had watched) before I even took this course. Very good. (A bit cheesy but it is ABC family) 5/5
More like a page long "we need to stop cyber bullying because it's bad" but still fairly helpful. 3/5
http://www.internetsafety101.org/cyberbullyingstatistics.htm
Less in depth website of statistics. Still, had some key findings. 4/5
http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-cyber-bullying
Another less in depth website of statistics. Less findings. 3/5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYFWUKWl8S0
Good insight into the world of bullying, but less overtly about cyberbullying. 3/5
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/We_Find_Them/cyberbullying-/story?id=14675883
More major source of news with some interesting discoveries. Less direct however with results. 4/5
http://www.buffalonews.com/city/communities/erie-county/article733345.ece
Another major source of news with good insights. Again, however, not as helpful as other sources. 3/5


On a lighter note here is a demot... motivational image about cyberbullying!
demotivational posters - CYBERBULLYING
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