Information and Case History

s the Internet and online social networks continue to grow so does cyber bullying. Cyber bullying can take on many forms. Keep reading to learn what cyber bullying is, the different types of cyber bullies, and tips on how to stop cyber bullying of children and teens.

When we think of bullying, we often think about physical altercations, or perhaps verbal abuse from others. However, this in not the only form of bullying. As the Internet becomes more popular, and as online communities become more tight-knit and more prevalent, bullying is popping up in cyber space. Cyber bullying can be just as devastating as bullying in real life. Indeed, in some cases cyber bullying is an extension of bullying already endured in the “real world” at school.

What is Cyber Bullying?

Cyber bullying is when a child or teenager is harassed, humiliated, embarrassed, threatened or tormented using digital technology. This is not limited to the Internet; cyber bullying also encompasses bullying done through such things as text messages using cell phones. It is important to note that cyber bulling can only happen between minors. When an adult is harassing children or teenagers, it is known as cyber harassment or cyber stalking.

Cyber bullying is often a systemic attempt to get another child or teen to feel bad about him or her self through electronic communication. It usually happens more than once, and includes leaving demeaning messages on someone’s Facebook page, uploading embarrassing photos, or spreading gossip or rumors through instant messaging and text messaging. There are a number of ways to humiliate and threaten children online. And because the damage is often psychological, and carries over into the real world, the threats posed by cyber bullying can be very real. There have been cases where cyber bullying has led to severe depression, self harm and even suicide.

Different kinds of cyber bullies

While some of the traits of cyber bullies are similar to more traditional bullies, it is important to note that there are some differences. Some cyber bullies are victims of real word bullying, and go online and bully others to feel powerful. Others are bullies offline, and want to extend their sphere of influence and power to the online world. Other cyber bullies just want to show that they can do certain things online to show off.

It is important to look for signs that your child is being bullied or is a cyber bully. In both cases, it is important to stop the problem by looking for causes of the bullying behavior. The motives for cyber bullying are rather wide ranging, so it is important to find out the reasons behind the behavior so that a solution can be found. Additionally, it may be necessary to help children and teenagers involved by getting them counseling and helping them understand how to overcome the problem.

Stop cyber bullying

It is important that parents play a role in stopping cyber bullying. Indeed, it is vital that parents pay attention and be open with their children and invite their confidences. If your child is a cyber bully, you should make clear rules about appropriate online behavior, and have consequences, such as losing accounts or computer time, if they break the rules. You can work with schools to help stop cyber bullying, and work with other parents to try and prevent it. Make sure your child knows that he or she can come to you if there is a problem online.

In some cases, it is possible to get law enforcement involved - especially if an adult becomes involved and brings the level of offence to cyber stalking or cyber harassment. It is vital that your child comes to you when cyber bullying takes place. It is usually possible to print the screen showing the offending action. Additionally, it is possible to trace the IP address of the user, and locate the computer from which the cyber bullying is taking place. This can help prevent further incidents.

Ultimately, though, it is important that your community as a whole takes a stand against cyber bullying, teaching kids to treat each other with respect, and to see that it is unacceptable when others are being hurt or harassed.

More than 35 states have anti-bullying laws specifically mandating school districts adopt anti-bullying policies. And 15 states now have some type of cyberbullying law on the books, and another seven with pending legislation before their state legislators. Missouri and California have passed the strongest laws protecting victims of cyberbullying while handing down the harshest punishment to the cyber-bully. Each year more and more states are passing laws protecting children and adults alike from these types of attack

Cyber Bullying Statistics A New Study Reveals Shocking Facts & Statistics About Kids A new study on cyber bullying has revealed some startling facts and statistics that should make all parents stand up and take notice. Previous studies showed us that this fast-growing problem was set become the biggest menace that today's kids are forced to deal with. New information confirms our worst fears and we can see that things are only going to get worse for our kids. Parents, most of whom have no idea what this issue is all about, are frustrated and struggling to understand why their children are acting so strangely.

The internet and cell phones have given new life and new opportunities for bullying to harm kids of all ages. From elementary school to middle school, and especially for teens in high school, bullying is turning more and more helpless kids into victims. Let's take a look at some very shocking cyber bullying statistics.

Over 33% of kids have been the victim of a cyber bully at some time. That's one out of every three kids that has encountered some form of online bullying. The scale and severity of the problem should be enough to raise alarms throughout the media, but sadly, very little attention is being payed to the issue. Our schools are only now beginning to recognize that there is a problem that needs to be addressed.

Over 56% of affected kids are victimized by bullies in online chat rooms. In these chat rooms, kids are ignored, insulted, disrespected, and even threatened by one or more bullies who may be present there. The victims may or may not know who the bully is. The offender can either be anonymous or publicly known.

Kids are also victimized by email bullying. In fact, 28% of all cyber bullying cases involve the use of email. You can imagine what hurtful things these bullies are saying to their victims. Emails are sometimes sent with harmful attachments or pictures of a sexual nature. The victim's friends can also receive emails that serve to further embarass or harass the victim.

Instant messaging, like email, can also be a vehicle for threats and harassment. Over 49% of victims say they received hurtful IM messages. That's nearly half of all those youth who have been victimized by online bullies.