Constant connections: The threat of cyber-bullying
Cyber-bullying is a buzzwords at the moment. But what does it mean?
Various definitions exist, but basically cyber-bullying is the use of technology to bully someone. That can include sending threatening or intimidating messages, or posting upsetting images or offensive comments on social media for others to see, plus a whole host of other nasty tricks.
Anyone can experience this form of bullying, but children and young people seem more likely to. Sometimes victims may not know who they’re being targeted by or how to stop it happening.
We know that more and more children and young people have access to tablets, smartphones and other connected technology, and in turn this means that we spend less and less time away from technology. Always being accessible can be a bonus, but it can also be a hazard.
The important thing to remember is that just because bullying isn’t physical, in the flesh, doesn’t mean it isn’t serious. Bullying in any form is not acceptable and can have long-lasting effects.
At Get Connected, we know how hard it can be for young people to talk about what they’re going through. Parents and carers can also feel concerned about bullying, both on- and off-line, but may not know how to help.
If you’re suffering from any form of bullying and would like to chat through how you’re feeling, the team on our helpline is here for you. We’re open every day, we’re free and we’re all about helping you.
If you or someone you know is experiencing cyber-bullying, you can contact Cybersmile for advice and support, as well as read through their online resources. BullyingUK and Childnet may also be able to help – with information on how to block people from contacting you, reporting harmful content and who else you can talk to for support.
Parents who are worried about their child being bullied online can also find useful resources through Internet Matters.
This post was originally part of the Get Connected website. YouthNet and Get Connected merged to form The Mix in 2016.
Published on 01-May-2015
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