Tuesday, 17 April 2012

What does cyberbullying look like?

What does cyberbullying look like?

  • Cyberbullying can involve varying forms of technology: 
    • Mobile phone calls
    • Text messages
    • Picture/video clips
    • E-mail
    • Instant messaging
    • Chat rooms
    • Websites
    • Gaming
  • In a recent study, cyberbullying most commonly involved phone calls, texts and instant messages1
  • The nature of electronic bullying or cyberbullying often includes:
    • Sending mean, vulgar, or threatening messages or images online or via text
    • Posting sensitive, private information or pictures about another person
    • Intentionally excluding someone from an online group
    • Pretending to be someone else in order to make that person look bad2
    • Spreading lies and rumors about victims
    • Tricking someone into revealing personal information
  • The nature of gaming as a place where cyberbullying occurs, can happen through gaming websites or PC and console games with online components (e.g. Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3).
    • Cyberbullying in gaming is usually referred to as "griefing" and is fairly common among young gamers who use IM, chat, and voice chat features to tease and taunt other players.3

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