Cyber-bullying: Cyber-bullying involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others. Cyber-bullying is bullying which uses e-technology as a means of victimizing others. It is the use of an Internet service or mobile technologies – such as e-mail, chat room discussion groups, instant messaging, Webpages or SMS (text messaging) – with the intention of harming another person. Examples include communications that seek to intimidate, control, manipulate, put down or humiliate the recipient. Cyber-bullying definition by The National Crime Prevention Council: “when the Internet, cell phones or other devices are used to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person.” Cyber-bullying definition by StopCyberbullying.org: “a situation when a child is repeatedly ‘tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted’ by another child or teenager using text messaging, email, instant messaging or any other type of digital technology.” Note: The term cyber bullying is believed to have been introduced and defined by anti bullying activist William “Bill” Belsey. Mr. Belsey is the President of Bullying.org, the creator of www.cyberbullying.org , the world’s first website about the issue of cyberbullying, originator of the annual Bullying Awareness Week and the facilitator of www.bullyingcourse.com , an educational resource that offers online courses about bullying and cyberbullying for parents and educators Who should protect children from each other?
Parents must monitor a child’s internet activities / communications. If a parent becomes aware that a child is sending and / or receiving malicious, harassing, threatening, hurtful and / or embarrassing emails steps must be taken to immediately address the behavior. Immediately report the behavior the incident (s) to...
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