Todd’s Note: The word “bullying” gets thrown around a lot in educational circles. In my experience, parents use the word as a “catch-all” to bring attention to an issue at school, issues that are not really bullying, but more of two students not getting along. However, bullying is an issue, it always has been. It’s just that today, when you bring in the aspect of social media, bullying gets taken to another level. In the past, when students were bullied, they could find a safe place at home. But that’s not the case with cyber-bullying. The internet is always on and kids are always “plugged-in.” It’s important to look for the signs of bullying and to know exactly what it is.
According to the Texas Education Agency website here are a few definitions:
Bullying – “occurs when a person is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself. Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions. Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time. Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength.”
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. “Cyberbullying” is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor. Once adults become involved, it is plain and simple cyber-harassment or cyberstalking. Adult cyber-harassment or cyberstalking is never called cyberbullying.”
The info-graphic below provides some statistics and advice on how to deal with cyber-bullying.
Source: Best Education Degrees
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