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Identifying the Many Types of Student Cyberbullying

bully-655659_640It’s sad news when research centers can’t agree on whether cyberbullying affects one-in-three, one-in-four, or one-in-five teens. It isn’t the specific number that’s important; it’s the fact that the number never goes below 20 percent. Imagine being in a classroom of 25 people, knowing that this classroom is not “normal” unless at least five of those students are being bullied.

Here are some of the basic methods of cyberbullying:

Harassing Someone Directly

The most obvious and common method of this is posting rumors about someone on a social network or a blog, but cyberbullies might also do things such as post the victim’s personal information on the internet, create an internet poll that is harmful, or use malware or other applications in order to spy on the victim or take control of the victim’s computer.

Impersonating Someone

This common technique leverages free email accounts offered by Gmail, Hotmail, etc., where cyberbullies create a name similar to the victims. These imposters then go online and act in awful ways while pretending to be the victim, with the goal of ruining their public perception and creating embarrassment and shame.

Photographs & Video

Nobody wants and unguarded moment to be photographed and published, and attackers leverage this to the hilt. Photos are taken without the victim’s knowledge at the gym, locker room or bathroom and shared publicly. Theft of personal photos and videos are common as well, and the threats ensue.

What Can be Done?

In most states, cyberbullying is considered a misdemeanor carrying a hefty fine and even a jail sentence. Schools also have the right enforce punishment for cyberbullying both on and off campus.

Read the full article here in eSchoolNews online.

Exerpted from:  “Identifying wolves among sheep in the age of student cyberbullying,” published on 10/18/17

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