Cyberbullying can be defined as: bullying through email,
instant messaging, in chatroom, on a website or gaming site,
or through digital messages or images sent to a cellular
phone. Although sharing certain features in common with
traditional bullying, cyber bullying not only looks and feels
a bit different than traditional bullying, but presents some
unique challenges in dealing with it.
Cyberbullying is a relatively new research topic, following
the rapid increase in use of mobile (cell) phones and the
internet. Several characteristics distinguish cyberbullying
from other forms of bullying, such as:
a. Students who are victimized have no place to hide, and can
be targeted anytime and anyplace.
b. Cyberbullying can involve a very wide audience (e.g.
through the circulation of video clips on the internet)
although the bully may not be aware of the audience’s
c. Students who cyberbully other’s are relatively protected by
the anonymity of electronic forms of contact, which can
safeguard them from punishment or retaliation.
d. As with some indirect traditional bullying, students who
cyberbully do not usually see the response of the victim,
changing the satisfactions or inhibitions normally
generated by bullying.
a. Where does cyberbullying commonly occur?
Cyberbullying occurs across a variety of venues and
mediums in cyberspace, and it shouldn’t come as a
surprise that it occurs most often where teenagers
congregate. Initially, many kids hung out in chat
rooms, and as a result that is where most harassment took
place. In recent years, most youth are have been drawn to
social networking websites (such as Facebook) and video‐
sharing websites (such as YouTube). This trend has led to
increased reports of cyberbullying occurring in
those environments. Instant messaging on the Internet
or text messaging via a cell phone also appear to be common
ways in which youth are harassing others.
b.Why does cyberbullying happen?
Who knows why kids do anything? When it comes to cyber-
bullying, they are often motivated by anger, revenge or
frustration. Sometimes they do it for entertainment or
because they are bored and have too much time on their
hands and too many tech toys available to them. Many do it
for laughs or to get a reaction. Some do it by accident,
and either send a message to the wrong recipient or didn't
think before they did something.
The Power-hungry do it to torment others and for their ego.
Revenge of the Nerd may start out defending themselves from
traditional bullying only to find that they enjoy being the
tough guy or girl. Mean girls do it to help bolster or
remind people of their own social standing. And some think
they are righting wrong and standing up for others.
c. Victims of Cyberbullying
Due to cyberbullying being pervasive, it can be very
damaging to younger individuals. Cyberbullying makes it
very hard for the victims of the bullying attacks to
concentrate in school or to other things that are going on
in their lives. The education and legal systems are now
taking notice of the cyberbullying situation. This has come
about due to some students committing suicide after
cyberbullying attacks. There are new laws and policies that
are being incorporated into the two systems to help stop
the cyberbullying and stop the suicides that are happening
from the new epidemic of bullying. With further
intervention through the schools, it could be that
new regulations could be put into place the help detour
cyberbullying. The new possible regulations could affect
how a student represents...