What is cyber bullying?
Cyber bullying is bullying behavior (tormenting, threatening, harassment, etc.) that takes place through electronic mediums, including the Internet and mobile phones. This form of bullying can take on various forms, including:
- Delivering threats or hurtful messages to someone via email or text message
- Spreading false rumors through text message, online boards or social networking sites.
- Leaving hurtful, harassing or threatening messages on web pages or social networking sites.
- Impersonating someone else online to harass or hurt another person.
- Spreading unflattering or sexually suggestive pictures of another person and spreading them via Internet or cell phones.
- Cyber bullying is something that affects teens of all races and genders. Recent statistics show that boys are more likely to receive threats from cyber bullies that girls, while girls are just as likely as boys to engage in cyber bullying or fall victim to cyber bullying.
- The act of cyber bullying itself is often fluid enough for the bully to become the victim and vice-versa. Often times, a target of bullying can easily become an aggressor, while someone who attempt to defend a target of bullying ends up becoming a target themselves.
- Cyber bullying is a form of teen violence that has lasting and even deadly repercussions for many teenagers. It’s also a form of violence that most parents don’t find out about until it is too late, since over half of young teens who experience or witnessed online bullying do not tell their parents.
What to do when you are cyber bullied:
- For students, inform your parents and GC or class adviser.
- Take a screenshot and keep a copy of hate messages.
- Take an online vacation and change your cellphone number.
- Have someone monitor the accounts of the cyberbullies.
- Report the concerned accounts/ posts to service providers so they can take it down.
- Seek legal help when necessary.
Numbers to call when cyber bullied:
National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)
Call: (02) 523-8231 loc 3455 (Cyber-crime division)