Is Cyberbullying different from Physical bullying?
This inquiry question will address the Early Adolescence band of development addressing the following ELA s: 12.EA.18 Identify risk factors and behaviours in real life situations and identify and assess strategies to minimise harm 14.EA.11 Forms of abuse, bullying, and harassment and their impact on relationships 14.EA.9 The qualities of positive and respectful relationships 14.EA.8 Different types of relationships and the rights and responsibilities of individuals in those relationships
Some of the positive impacts of ICT integration: Improved digital literacy The ability to process information at an increased pace Availability of resources to students and educators And many more..
The digital world can also have negative impacts: Bullying is no longer restricted to the physical world. Technology makes it possible for bullies to come right into students homes via the Internet and mobile phones.
It is educators responsibility to raise awareness of the possible negative sides of the use of ICT as well as the many positives.
What is Cyberbullying?
Bullying that occurs online This does not promote understanding or awareness that cyberbullying is any different than bullying that occurs offline Behaviour must meet a set of criteria in order to be considered as cyber bullying
The Difference Between Offline and Online Bullying
Cyberbullying criteria acts as ammendments to the offline bullying definition. The power imbalance can be based on offline power criteria or ICT related criteria such as technological know-how and anonymity
The following criteria is exclusive to cyberbullying: Anonymity Accessibility Punitive Fears Bystanders Disinhibition
The Most Common Forms of Cyberbullying
Harassment Denigration Flaming Impersonation Outing and Trickery Cyber Stalking
Who Are the Victims?
Anyone using the social networking sites, chatrooms, email or even a mobile phone could be susceptible to cyberbullying. The majority of instances occur with school aged youths. Research has shown strong links between bullying online and offline with 45% of harassers studies having offline contact with victims in addition to online contact. 49% of young people admitted to experiencing cyberbullying when aged 10-12 years Educators are also susceptible to cyberbullying with websites such as Rate My Teachers
Who Are Cyberbullies?
Cyberbullying takes accountability away from bullying. There is no face of cyberbullying Offline bullying stereotypes about the type of people that are bullied and bullying others are shattered. 27% of bullying victims have bullied others.
The Impact of Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying has a more severe impact than offline bullying There is a wider audience and an increased level of invasiveness that is possible. The short term impacts of cyberbullying include negative effects on: self confidence esteem relationships school grades attendance
The Legal Side of Cyberbullying
Overall education should be advocated above legal solutions the law may be essential as a way of punishing inappropriate behaviour many flaws can be encountered when applying laws designed to deal with the off-line world to online behaviour Specific laws dealing with cyber liability are needed Education should be our first and most important resort
7.8% of schools involved in a study conducted had a school policy which mentioned cyberbullying in its definition of bullying Strategies for Schools student education parent education school wide definition of cyberbullying updated school bullying program to include instances of cyberbullying updated school acceptable use of IT policy to prohibit using the internet for bullying supportive school climate consistent cyberbullying policy and information with other schools in the area establish a schoolwide cyberbullying taskforce
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