Cyber bullying can be more terrifying than standard bullying, because the target typically does not know who is after them. Cyber bullies believe that because they are posting anonymously or not using their names, they can get away with anything. The case is that Internet activity is traceable. It is important to know that cyber bullying can be charged as crimes. In some cases, cyber bullies will be charged as sexual predators and have to be on the registry. Furthermore, items posted on the Internet can affect the person’s ability to get into university or employment.
Cyber Bully Statistics
• Around half of all teens have been the victims of cyber bullying (bullyingstatistics.org, 2013)
• More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyberthreats online (bullyingstatistics.org, 2013).
• Only 1 in 10 victims of cyber bullying tell a parent (Random Facts, 2014).
• According to disability, harassment, civil, and criminal laws bullying can easily become a crime (Random Facts, 2014).
• About 1 in 5 teens have posted or sent sexually suggestive or nude pictures of themselves or others (bullyingstatistics,org, 2013).
• Cyber Bullying victims are more likely to have low self-esteem and to consider suicide (bullyingstatistics.org, 2013).
What are cyber burn books?
Cyber burn books are sites where people can anonymously spread rumors, gossip, slander, and insult targets they know. Burn books are more likely to be created on Facebook. What types of things would be posted on this site?
The posts vary, but usually include rumors, gossip, embarrassing photos or information posted.
Who do they affect?
Everyone is affected, but the impact on the target is the most damaging. What will the target experience as a result?
When answering this question think about their feelings, thoughts, or even actions. In many cases, a target will experience shame, embarrassment, hurt, pain, depression, anger, anxiety, despair, and hopelessness. They may try to end the pain with harmful actions, get revenge, or even use self-kill.
What are the consequences for the target?
Consequences for a target include, but are not limited to depression, emotional trauma, headaches, stomachaches, loss of sleep, increase or decrease in weight, nightmares, ulcers, eating disorders, lowered grades, thoughts of suicide, self-harm, and stress.
Megan Meier hung herself in 2006 after receiving cruel messages on MySpace. A mother of one of her friends created a false MySpace account posing as a cute boy. At first, he acted like he liked her a lot, and then it escalated into harassing emails that encouraged her to do the world a favor and kill herself. The bully mother was indicted on the incident but was acquitted (Random Facts, 2014).
What are the consequences for the bully or bullies?
Consequences can include detention, suspension, explosion, misdemeanor, felony, incarceration, to name a few.
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