Kids and the Internet

By Hannah Stubblefield

Is Cyber Bullying on of the worst types of Bullying?

Cyber bullying is different from traditional bullying because people can use the disguise of “anonymity” to harass their victims. One needs only a valid e-mail address to create or participate in groups online, so it is very easy set up “fake” accounts and bully anonymously. Because anonymous comments and actions aren’t connected to the individuals doing the bullying, they are free to do as they please without repercussions. Similarly, cyberbullies often choose to target victims who live far away. They do this because there is a much smaller chance that the victim will be able to hold them accountable. Bullying can also occur when “blind items” are posted to social networking sites. Blind items are messages or posts that do not give the name of a person but contain sufficient information for readers to figure out who the post is intended for.

BULLYING THEN AND Cyber bullying now

  • Face to face - Anonymous
  • Schoolyard - At school AND at home
  • During the school day - All day, every day
  • Smaller audience - Larger, possibly global, audience

Internet predators are everywhere on the internet

When children go online, they have direct and immediate access to friends, family, and complete strangers, which can put unsuspecting children at great risk. Children who meet and communicate with strangers online are easy prey for Internet predators. Predators have easy and anonymous access to children online where they can conceal their identity and roam without limit. Often, we have an image of sexual predators lurking around school playgrounds or hiding behind bushes scoping out their potential victims, but the reality is that today’s sexual predators search for victims while hiding behind a computer screen, taking advantage of the anonymity the Internet offers.