Cyberbullying is the use of technologies by an individual or by a group of people, to deliberately harass and upset someone else. Over the past three years 7 in 10 young people between the ages of 13 and 22 have been a victim of cyberbullying. Due to the endless possibilities that are now available to us online. To stop cyberbullying children, teachers and parents need to be educated in the area. One way to step up to the frontlines is to know the most common forms of cyberbullying children experience.
Types of cyberbullying directed at children and young people
- Threatening or abusive text messages
- Sharing embarrassing images and videos
- Excluding individuals from friendships groups
- Creating hate groups, forums or social channels about an individual
- Encouraging young people to harm themselves
- Stealing passwords to social accounts
- Sending explicit messages
- Pressuring children into sending sexual images
Receiving text messages that contain threats and abusive messaging intending to scare the receiver.
Creating and sending embarrassing images and videos of an individual without consent
Sending menacing or upsetting messages on social media, in chat rooms or on online games.
Excluding certain individuals purposefully from group chats, online activities and online games making them feel isolated
Setting up and instigating hate sites, groups or forums top talk maliciously about someone
Jeering-on or jesting that an individual takes their life or harms themselves
Stealing and hijacking another’s online identity, commonly via a social account to pose as them, send images or messages as them.
Creating a fake social account to anonymously trick, embarrass or send menacing messages to an individual
Sending messages or images that aren’t welcomed by the receiver – known as ‘sexting’
Pressurising children to send sexual images or engage on inappropriate conversation of the same manner.
Parents can help stop cyberbullying. By knowing the signs you can detect danger early on
Key signs your child may be being bullied
- Changes in behaviour – becoming more sad, withdrawn, angry and lashing out
- Reluctance to go to school or usual social outings
- Unexplained physical symptoms – headaches, stomach upsets
- Becoming less social, not speaking about friends anymore
- Unusual lack of interest in their device(s)
- Seeming nervous or jumpy when receiving texts or notifications
- Obsessing about being online all the time, being snappy
- Avoiding discussions about what they are doing online
- Avoiding discussions telling you who they are talking to online
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There are other steps you can take to protect your child or teen. Parental settings or site-blockers have also proven helpful. You can find more information on this topic here.