What is Cyberbullying

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What is Cyberbullying?

“Cyberbullying” is when someone is harassed, embarrassed or threatened using technology. This can be via mobile phones, the internet via blogs, social networking sites such as Facebook and Bebo, forums or via online chat software such as MSN Messenger and Skype, during online games or via private email.

The term applies to teens and young and not adults. The same kind of actions in adults is referred to as cyber-harrassment or cyber-stalking. You need to provde Cyberbulling Adivce for your children.

The kind of attacks that can take place are the posting of personal details (phone numbers, addresses, email addresses) without the persons knowledge, sending insulting messages, indecent photos, physical threats and even death threats.

Cases of fan pages targeted to embarrass people or completely fake profiles have been created on social networks. Video of physical attacks or happy slapping have been uploaded onto video sharing sites and social networks.

Using personal email addresses to receive spam in large qualities or sending a virus via email is another method that can be used to bully someone with anonymity.

Cyber bullying tends to be an ongoing process that can escalate from simple name calling to more complex and hateful types of attack.

Cyber bullying is particularly nasty and pernicious way of bullying someone as access to interactive methods of bullying can be open to majority of people and can be cloaked in shroud of anonymity that protects the bully. Email or text messages can be sent at various time of day and night and can reach inside someone life when they are not at school or work.

Tips on how to prevent cyber bullying.

Cyberbullying advice falls into two different strands. One is how to prevent or at least limit the range and effect it has on any one that is a target of cyberbullying. The other strand is how to make sure that you do not become involved in cyber bullying by mistake.

It is impossible to stop someone from starting a cyber bulling campaign but it is possible to limit the scope of the campaign once it has started by following a few basic rules.

Be very aware of who you give your mobile phone number, email address or blog address to. Don't become friends with someone on social networking sites that you don't really know or is not a close friend in your daily life.

Don't reply to text or emails as this well tend to lead to an escalation of the bullying. However don't delete the offensive emails or texts as they can be used as evidence of the bullying if the problem carries on.

You can contact either your ISP or the mobile service provider to get them to block the email addresses and telephones of those carrying out the bullying.

You should inform your parents or teachers of the problem and gather as much information as you can about the issue. Keeping a log or diary of all the incidents is also very useful. This can include taking screen shoots of any bullying none via social networks.

In social network sites and messaging programmes never give out your phone number, email, home address or any other personal information such as your real name, age, gender or which school you go to.

Too stop yourself become unwittingly involved in anything that could be construed as cyber bullying you should never pass on harmful or nasty text messages, images or emails. Even if it seems harmless at the time you never know who will get access to the information and how it can be used. You should also never pass on someone else personal information in the form of mobile phone numbers, email addresses or online alias.

If you follow simple steps and inform your parents, teachers or other responsible adults then you should be able to limit the effect of cyberbullying.

John Halsey (C)

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