Cyberbullying

A Typical Cyberbullying Story starts like this…

“I’m 14 and the girl who’s been my best friend is the meanest person I’ve ever met. she send me rude and demeaning facebook messages and comments. She turns my other friends against me by telling lies and posting rude comments on facebook. She’s a real biotch on facebook every night, then the nxt day at school she acts as if nothing is wrong! We go to a christian school so you would think that most ppl would be easy to forgive, wouldn’t curse or swear, wouldn’t lie or steal, but my friend never forgives anyone, she swears and curses at me all the time, and she lies about me and to me. I always go to counsellors about her but she never changes. Lately she’s been telling some of the guys to turn against me as well. They put hurtful things on my facebook page, and they say things to my face. I’m surprised I don’t come home crying everyday. She tells me things like “you can never be with him because he’s too good for you.” It hurts alot and I wish she would just stop.”  Mandy

Definitions of Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is the use of social media, e-mail, instant messaging, chat rooms, mobile phones, or other forms of information technology to deliberately harass, threaten, or intimidate someone. The problem is compounded by the fact that a bully can hide behind an electronic veil, disguising his or her true identity. This makes it difficult to trace the source, and encourages bullies to behave more aggressively than they might, face-to-face.
Cyberbullying can include such acts as posting or texting mean comments, making threats, sending insults or racial or ethnic slurs, and masquerading. Victims can delete or block the perpetrator, limit computer connection time, not respond to threatening or defamatory messages, never opening e-mail messages from sources they do not recognize and report the bullying to the School. See Report it to the School