South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault: ESafety website

Cyber bullying & respectful relationships

“Bullying is repeatedly and deliberately upsetting someone through aggressive or threatening behaviour.”

This is definition can be difficult for young people to translate this across into what is happening online.

Technology makes it easier to abuse people. The concept of ‘feeling safe’ no longer has the same geographic and spatial boundaries as it once did. It can happen anywhere — at school, at home, at grandma’s birthday party and can involve large groups of people.  

Sometimes abusers create fake social network page to impersonate their victim and use it to stir up trouble. They might send hurtful text messages, post embarrassing images or write nasty comments on their victims’ social media pages or on those of their friends or family. An abuser might start a snide poll which can be spread widely through instant messaging or phone texting. Sometimes they will take a victim’s private messages to them, and forward it to others or lampoon what they have said.

Kids are more likely to refer to cyberbullying as flaming, being trolled, memed etc.

Advice from the experts is not to ask your child if they're being cyberbullied. Use their language – have they seen mean texts circulating, humiliating photos or messages on others' Facebook walls?

Not sure what a term means? Google it. If you want to find out about an unfamiliar site, game or app, use a site like YouTube. Type the word ‘Tutorial’ or ‘Using’ then the name of the thing you are researching.

 

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