The anonymity afforded by the Internet can lead children to engage in behaviors that they might not do face-to-face.Ironically, it is their very anonymity that allows some individuals to bully at all.
A child may be experiencing cyber bullying if he or she: If a child shows any of these warning signs, it is important to talk with the child and investigate his or her online presence to determine whether cyber bullying is occurring and to offer help when needed.Additional Resources Download these documents (PDFs)* for more information: Cyber Bullying: What Can Be Done to Address It This Web conference is a great opportunity to learn about this growing issue, what cyber bullying is, what impact it is having on students, and how schools can respond. Cyber bullying is bullying through email, instant messaging (IMing), chat room exchanges, Web site posts, or digital messages or images send to a cellular phone or personal digital assistant (PDA) (Kowalski et al. Cyber bullying, like traditional bullying, involves an imbalance of power, aggression, and a negative action that is often repeated.Unique Characteristics Cyber bullying has some rather unique characteristics that are different from traditional bullying: As bad as the "bully" on the playground may be, he or she can be readily identified and potentially avoided.Most children who use traditional ways of bullying terrorize their victim at school, on the bus, or walking to or from school.
Although bullying can happen elsewhere in the community, there is usually a standard period of time during which these children have access to their victims.Often, adults' responses to cyber bullying are to remove the technology from a victim - which in their eyes can be seen as punishment.Most traditional bullying episodes occur in the presence of other people who assume the role of bystanders or witnesses.Beyond just this month, you can also become an adult ally of That’s Not Cool and encourage the teens you know to become an ambassador.Start the Conversation Early education and prevention are critical.Lydia Mulkey will focus on the way the language of abstinence and virginity impacts teens--in particular, survivors of sexual abuse and assault, who may feel shamed and silenced.