To stop bullying, you have to know what it looks like.
Cyber bullying doesn't stop at school. This type of bullying can follow you home, to work, to a friend's house. It can come by e-mail, text, or through a social networking site like Facebook. Because this type of bullying is done online the comments, pictures and conversations can reach a lot of people in a short amount of time.
Cyber bullying can happen through:
- Social media apps
- Text messages
- Social networking sites like Facebook
- Instant Messaging
- Voting or rating websites
Let's give you an example of what cyber bullying looks like. Watch as Amy is harassed on a social networking site.
Think you know?
The following questions are to help you better understand cyber bullying. Work by yourself or with a friend and try to come up with your own answers before looking at our answers.
Questions about the video:
When Amber makes the negative comment about Amy on Mike's wall, do you think she knew Amy would see it? If so, why did she still do it?
- Because Amber posted the comment in an open public place, it was intentionally meant for Amy to see.
- Amber also intentionally tagged Amy in the post so that it would appear directly on Amy's social networking site.
- Amber posted the comment, even though Amy could see it, because she was intending to humiliate Amy in front of a wide audience for some reason or another.
Do you think what Amber did is bullying? Why or why not?
- Cyberbullying is the use of technology to harass, hurt, embarrass, humiliate or intimidate another person.
- Amber posted the comment, even though Amy could see it, because her intent was to embarrass and intimidate Amy on A social networking site.
How do you think Amy felt when she read the post on Mike's wall?
Other things to think about:
Is this type of bullying common? Why do you think it is or is not common?
Cyberbullying has become very common. Almost 90% of middle and high school students say they have been victims of this form of bullying.
It is common for several reasons:
- It is easy.
- It is quick.
- It can be more extreme because the bully does not have to see the victim.
- The bully can remain anonymous if they want.
- Bullies can reach victims from almost anywhere.
- Can be done over and over again.
- More people see it. .
Let's take a look at what happens next in After The Bullying →