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R.I.P. Cyberbullying

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Aug 24, 2018
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9780473278977
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R.I.P. Cyberbullying

by Ann Neville

For Teachers and Parents

Cyberbullying is one of the major issues facing children, parents and educators today. However, there are many children who are NOT bullied, by cyber means or otherwise, despite appearing to be exactly the same type of child as those who are.

What makes the difference?

This is where parents/caregivers can play a significant role.

This guide addresses the following questions:

What is cyberbullying?

Types of cyberbullying

Why do some people cyberbully?

How does cyberbullying affect children?

What can parents do to PREVENT cyberbullying?

What can parents do if the child is already being cyberbullied?

What if it's your child who is the cyberbully?

What role do bystanders/witnesses play?

When should education about cyberbullying begin?

Editore:
Pubblicato:
Aug 24, 2018
ISBN:
9780473278977
Formato:
Libro

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ANN NEVILLEAnn, born in Hamilton, New Zealand, has in previous lives been a nurse and a secondary school teacher in various towns in New Zealand and the UK. She has produced a number of resources for the education sector. Anti-Bullying Guides for teachers, parents and children are her some of her more recent publications. Her fiction book ‘Batjack’, for 9 to 13 year olds, was short-listed for the Tom Fitzgibbon Award in 2011. 'Suspicion', a Young Adult mystery, is her latest novel.Currently, Ann is the Managing Director of a small boutique publishing company, CreateBooks. She also facilitates courses for children in writing, illustrating and publishing their own books, and for adults in writing techniques.Her hobbies include reading, bridge and, in particular, playing with her grandchildren.

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Introduction

Bullying is one of the major issues facing many children/teenagers, parents, educators and the community at large. Although bullying has always occurred, it seems that this behaviour has been underestimated in both its extent and severity. The long-term effects bullying has on the victim and the perpetrator have also been underrated. Using the old adage ‘Sticks and stones...’ to deal with bullying is no longer appropriate.

Added to this is the more recent phenomenon of cyberbullying. And with this a whole new language has developed. A glossary is included on page 57 to explain the cyberbullying terms used.

Children get bullied for a variety of reasons including:

•  ethnicity

•  resistance to pressure to behave in a certain way

•  physical differences

•  high achievement/low achievement

•  being new

•  sexual orientation

•  socio-economic background

•  religious beliefs

•  being small or young – and not so able to defend themselves,

•  sensitivity – popular targets are children who get upset or cry easily

•  being socially anxious or struggling with shyness

•  low self-esteem or personal power

•  ‘over’ confidence

Any child/teenager can be bullied just by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sometimes the exact things that make a child accepted in one group can make him/her a victim of bullying in another. However, in most cases, the bully picks on children who appear ‘easy’ targets.

There are gender differences in bullying: boys tend to engage in more physical bullying, and girls in social or relational bullying. However, this  is changing and some girls are  becoming more physically aggressive. 

What bullying/cyber bullying is NOT!

Isolated incidents are NOT bullying e.g.

•  single episodes of social rejection or dislike

•  single-episodes of nastiness or spite

•  isolated acts of aggression or intimidation

•  mutual arguments and disagreements

Children and teenagers need to understand that conflict is a normal part of everyday life and need to be given the skills to deal with isolated incidents. While recognising that isolated incidents are NOT classified as bullying, they do still need to be addressed. However, if the acts are repeated and/or increase in severity it’s time to bring in the bullybusting strategies.

The same is true of cyberbullying. Preferred victims are often passive, hesitant and socially awkward. Cyberbullying may be either a minor nuisance or more severe abuse. The abuse may be direct or anonymous, and involve extortion and exclusion. It may involve criminal acts such as sexual harassment, racial abuse and deprivation of human rights. It can destroy a young person’s confidence and sense of well-being.

The good news? There are many children who are NOT bullied, by cyber means or otherwise, despite appearing to be exactly the same type of child/teenager as those who are. What makes the difference? This is where parents/caregivers can play a significant role.

What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying (online bullying) is when a person or a group of people uses the internet, email, online games or any other kind of digital technology to threaten, tease, upset or humiliate someone else.

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