cyberbully


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cyberbully

A person who uses the Internet and social media to harass or intimidate someone. Tweets and texts are a common cyberbullying venue, and email messages with phony from: addresses are a way to reach people without identifying the sender. An "anonymous blog" keeps the writer's identity a secret but allows the blogger to make harmful comments. See Internet troll, fake news, email spoofing and rage.
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Read the debate on pages 22-23 about whether schools should punish students who cyberbully outside of school, then follow the directions below to analyze each author's claims and decide who makes a stronger case.
We found in the present study that parents' age was a determining factor in adolescents' tendency to cyberbully.
Cyberbully, directed by Charles Binam, Common Sense Media, 2011.
"What makes a bully a cyberbully? Unraveling the characteristics of cyberbullies across twenty-five European countries." Journal of Children and Media 7 (1): 9-27.
Seventy percent (n = 42) of cyberbullying victims named "students inside the school" as perpetrators of the aggression, indicating they had some idea of the identity of the cyberbully. In a study by Mishna and colleagues (2010), a vast majority (89%) of the sample reported knowing the identity of the cyberbully, often indicating a fellow student or an acquaintance from another school.
Why wouldn't they think that a technological forum might be an appropriate place to cyberbully? It is, after all, more anonymous and insidious than "regular" bullying.
Their research found that cyberbully victims were 2.5 times more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, had a higher instance of depression and were more than 3 times more likely to attempt suicide.
Anyone can be a cyberbully, and such persons usually do not worry about having face-to-face confrontation with their victims.
I promise to be aware of what I say and do on line, how my actions impact others, and will not become a cyberbully. I promise to use good 'digital hygiene' by using strong passwords and not sharing them.