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Well, what is Cyber Bullying?

Cyber-Bullying is form of bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes the use of devices such as computers, mobile phones/smartphones, and tablets that are able to connect to the internet to access social media, text messages, emails and applications (for mobile & smartphones), and most times it can happen anonymously. 

Examples of Cyber-Bullying include, sending mean & offensive text messages or emails, spreading rumours sent by email or posted on social networking sites such as Facebook & Twitter, uploading & sharing embarrassing pictures, videos, in some cases people have made websites, blogs, or even setting up fake profiles on social media sites to harass & bully other people or just only one person in particular.

The Effects of Cyber-Bullying

Mobile phones and computers are not to blame for Cyber-Bullying. Social media sites can be used for positive things, like connecting with friends and family, helping students with school, and for entertainment. But these tools can also be used to hurt other people. Whether it’s done in person or through technology, the effects of bullying are similar.

People who experience Cyber-Bullying are more likely to:

  • Experience bullying in-person
  • Receive poor grades at school
  • Be unwilling to attend school
  • Skipping school altogether
  • May use substances like alcohol and drugs
  • More likely to self-harm
  • Have lower self-esteem
  • Experience mental & other health problems
  • Can lead to people taking their own lives 

Reporting Cyber-Bullying:

  • Firstly never reply to mean messages/posts 
  • Keep a record (Save the URL, take and print screenshots, save the date & time of when it occurred. Use this as evidence to report Cyber-Bullying i.e. to your school, workplace, The E-Safety Commissioner (in Australia) or even the police)
  • Block the person/people who is harassing you. 

People Who you can talk to about Cyber-Bullying:
  • Your Parents/Grandparents, your Brother(s)/Sister(s)
  • Your Teachers/ School-Counsellor/Chaplain, The school's Principal
  • Someone in your life that you really trust 
  • The Police 

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