Cyber Bullying

The Cyber World Effects The Real World

Cyber Bullying - Don't be part of the problem

As the world becomes more and more digitized, the online world becomes a little harsher. Cyber bullying can effect anyone and it is a serious problem today. Online harassment and hatred effects people in their everyday real life and can lead to low self esteem, depression, self-mutilation, and suicide.

What is Cyber Bullying?

What is cyberbullying, exactly?

"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.

Children have killed each other and committed suicide after having been involved in a cyberbullying incident.

Cyberbullying is usually not a one time communication, unless it involves a death threat or a credible threat of serious bodily harm. Kids usually know it when they see it, while parents may be more worried about the lewd language used by the kids than the hurtful effect of rude and embarrassing posts.

Cyberbullying may rise to the level of a misdemeanor cyberharassment charge, or if the child is young enough may result in the charge of juvenile delinquency. Most of the time the cyberbullying does not go that far, although parents often try and pursue criminal charges. It typically can result in a child losing their ISP or IM accounts as a terms of service violation. And in some cases, if hacking or password and identity theft is involved, can be a serious criminal matter under state and federal law.

When schools try and get involved by disciplining the student for cyberbullying actions that took place off-campus and outside of school hours, they are often sued for exceeding their authority and violating the student's free speech right. They also, often lose. Schools can be very effective brokers in working with the parents to stop and remedy cyberbullying situations. They can also educate the students on cyberethics and the law. If schools are creative, they can sometimes avoid the claim that their actions exceeded their legal authority for off-campus cyberbullying actions. We recommend that a provision is added to the school's acceptable use policy reserving the right to discipline the student for actions taken off-campus if they are intended to have an effect on a student or they adversely affect the safety and well-being of student while in school. This makes it a contractual, not a constitutional, issue.

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General Cyber Bullying Statistics

Understanding the epidemic of bullying across the globe is not a simple task. This already difficult task becomes even more difficult when you throw the many unique mechanisms of cyber bullying into the mix. By understanding cyber bullying statistics, you will gain a more holistic understanding of the problem facing youth around the world. You will also be better equipped to help your child deal with these issues.

One in Ten Children Worldwide Experiences Cyber Bullying

In a recent poll conducted by Ipsos, it was discovered that roughly 12% of the worldwide teenage population has experienced cyber bullying in their lives. This equates to nearly one in ten children around the world experiencing some form of cyber bullying. During the study, 18,687 people from around the world answered a simple online poll regarding cyber bullying. More than twice as many parents believed that they know of a child in their neighborhood experiencing some form of cyber bullying. When asked whether they thought a child near them was experiencing cyber bullying, 26% of respondents said yes.

Bullying Victims are 2 to 9 Times More Likely to Commit Suicide

The CDC states that bullying victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to commit suicide or attempt it than those who do not experience bullying. This is not just true for the victims of bullies, but it is also true for the bullies themselves. Bullies are often the product of an abusive environment and are likely to be victims of bullying themselves. These specific numbers come from the 2011 Mortality and Morbidity report that the CDC issued. In the report, CDC professionals cite a correlation between bullying and higher suicide rates.