Cyberbullying, Bullying, and Online Harassment Facts

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What is Bullying?

Bullying is an unacceptable anti-social behavior. Bullying tactics can involve verbal abuse, physical abuse, and psychological harassment towards a victim.This destructive

This destructive behavior is learned by a bully from the negative influences that can come from others in their home environment, school, peer groups, and even from certain media exposure.

The good news is that since bullying is a learned behavior, it can also be unlearned.

What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is a form of bullying behavior that is inflicted online or by phone through text messages, email, instant messaging, chat rooms, website posts, or images sent to a cell phone or personal digital assistant.

Cyberbullying is distinguished from bullying by the nature of its anonymity, anytime accessibility, and punitive fears of the loss of the use of a digital device.

The Signs of Bullying?

The signs of bullying behavior can be things such as the desire to be in control, arrogance, impulsiveness, boastfulness, poor sportsmanship and a lack of empathy.

The signs of a victim of bullying may be a reluctance to go to school, mood changes, loss of appetite, torn clothes, and signs of physical abuse such as bruises.

Often bullying can occur at schools in certain high-risk areas such as the hallways, cafeterias, playgrounds, and buses.

Bullying Facts

  • Bullying is the most common form of violence in our society
  • Nearly 1 in 5 students have indicated that they had been bullied repeatedly over time (two to three times per month or more within the school semester)
  • Bullying impacts approximately 13 million students every year, and some 160,000 students stay home from school each day because of bullying
  • 52% of bullied victims will suffer incidents of repeated bullying for a duration of months at a time
  • 71% of bullying is witnessed by others
  • 61% of face to face bullying is reportedly done by males
  • 68% of cyberbullying is reportedly done by females

How to Stop Bullying

While it may seem like an insurmountable task to completely stop bullying, there are practical ways to counter bullying problems.

Some initiatives to take to help stop bullying and cyberbullying are:

  • Talk about bullying and harassment
  • Help others develop empathy, including those that are doing the bullying
  • Provide anti-bullying training
  • Don’t be a bystander, speak up, report, intervene
  • Don’t delay in acting
  • In school settings, parents need to be involved

Sandy Neeson, a licensed school counsellor at McLean Middle School in Fort Worth, Texas has said, “To successfully change bullying behavior, you must involve the whole school, from teachers and custodians to cafeteria workers and bus drivers.”

The key is that it takes an entire community to actively stop bullying.

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