Ethical Use of Digital Resources
Dealing with Cyberbullying
What is Cyber-bullying? Cyber-bullying is the willful repeated harm inflicted through electronic devices. Cyber-bullying is using the Internet, cell phones, video game systems or other technology to send/post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person.
What is Sexting? Sexting is the use of cell phones or computers to share racy photos and videos. Most victims initiate the act by taking the photos or videos of themselves and sending them to boyfriends/girlfriends.
How is it done? Cyberbullies pretend to be other people to deceive their targets and discover personal information. Bullies post pictures in an attempt to embarrass or hurt their victims. Bullies will send or forward lies or rumors about the victim via text messages. Bullies will create websites or fake online profiles in order to embarrass or hurt another person.
Prevention... To stay safe online try these techniques: Never give out passwords, PINs etc, even to your best friend. Keep personal information to yourself. Never send messages or comments to others when you are angry, even if they are not directed at them. Limit your time online. There is a difference between virtual reality and actual reality. Don't reply to cyber-bullies. If you've been bullied don't keep it to yourself. Inform someone you trust a parent or a teacher. Don't delete the messages from a cyber-bully. If you delete them you can't track them. Your bully will go unpunished. Don't arrange to meet people you've met online in person.