Cyberbullying part oneCCyberbullying part oneCyberbullying part oneEnglishPsychiatryPre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2010-06-18T04:00:00Z000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Learn about cyberbullying, or harassment via electronic means such as the Internet. Cyberbullying is a nasty reality for an increasing number of teens.</p><p>Imagine the humiliation of discovering a private photo of yourself posted on the Internet. Or the pain of finding a Web site filled with personal information, gossip and abusive statements directed at you. Imagine the fear associated with receiving a death threat through cell phone text messaging. </p> <p>For an increasing number of young people, these types of disturbing scenarios are realities of a new form of bullying called <i>cyberbullying.</i> </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Cyberbullying, also known as Internet bullying, is intentional harassment that occurs through electronic media. </li> <li>Cyberbullying does not end when the child arrives home, it can continue even in the privacy of their bedroom. It can happen at any time and can be so intrusive that a child or teen feels trapped and helpless. </li> <li>Under the Criminal Code of Canada, some forms of online bullying are considered criminal acts and are punishable by law. It is also considered a crime to publish something defamatory and libellous. Also violation of the Canadian Human Rights Act is also punishable. </li> </ul><p>Media Awareness Network. Young Canadians in a wired world- parents and youth focus groups in Toronto and Montreal. <i>Environics Research Group.</i> 2000. Available from http://www.media-awareness.ca.</p> <p>http://www.cyberbullying.ca</p> <p>Ybarra ML. Linkages between depressive symptomatology and Internet harassment among young regular Internet users. <i>CyberPsychology & Behavior.</i> 2004;7(2):247-257.</p> <p>Ybarra ML, Mitchell KJ. Youth engaging in online harassment: associations with caregiver-child relationships, Internet use, and personal characteristics. <i>Journal of Adolescence</i>. 2004;27:319-336.</p>
Cyber-intimidation, partie 1CCyber-intimidation, partie 1Cyberbullying part oneFrenchPsychiatryPre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2010-06-18T04:00:00Z000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Vous en apprendrez davantage sur la cyber-intimidation ou harcèlement par des moyens électroniques, comme Internet. La cyber-intimidation est une réalité désagréable pour un nombre croissant d’adolescents.</p><p>Imaginez l’humiliation de découvrir une photo privée de vous-même dans Internet. Ou la douleur de trouver un site Web rempli d’informations personnelles, de racontars à votre sujet et de déclarations agressives qui vous sont adressées. Imaginez la peur associée à une menace de mort reçue par messagerie texte sur un cellulaire.</p> <p>Pour de plus en plus de jeunes, ces types de scénarios troublants sont les réalités d’une nouvelle forme d’intimidation, appelée cyber-intimidation.</p><h2>À retenir</h2><p>Media Awareness Network. Young Canadians in a wired world- parents and youth focus groups in Toronto and Montreal. <i>Environics Research Group.</i> 2000. Available from http://www.media-awareness.ca.</p> <p>http://www.cyberbullying.ca</p> <p>Ybarra ML. Linkages between depressive symptomatology and Internet harassment among young regular Internet users. <i>CyberPsychology & Behavior.</i> 2004;7(2):247-257.</p> <p>Ybarra ML, Mitchell KJ. Youth engaging in online harassment: associations with caregiver-child relationships, Internet use, and personal characteristics. <i>Journal of Adolescence</i>. 2004;27:319-336.</p>

 

 

Cyberbullying part one736.000000000000Cyberbullying part oneCyberbullying part oneCEnglishPsychiatryPre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2010-06-18T04:00:00Z000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Learn about cyberbullying, or harassment via electronic means such as the Internet. Cyberbullying is a nasty reality for an increasing number of teens.</p><p>Imagine the humiliation of discovering a private photo of yourself posted on the Internet. Or the pain of finding a Web site filled with personal information, gossip and abusive statements directed at you. Imagine the fear associated with receiving a death threat through cell phone text messaging. </p> <p>For an increasing number of young people, these types of disturbing scenarios are realities of a new form of bullying called <i>cyberbullying.</i> </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Cyberbullying, also known as Internet bullying, is intentional harassment that occurs through electronic media. </li> <li>Cyberbullying does not end when the child arrives home, it can continue even in the privacy of their bedroom. It can happen at any time and can be so intrusive that a child or teen feels trapped and helpless. </li> <li>Under the Criminal Code of Canada, some forms of online bullying are considered criminal acts and are punishable by law. It is also considered a crime to publish something defamatory and libellous. Also violation of the Canadian Human Rights Act is also punishable. </li> </ul><p>The Internet has taken on a central role in teenage culture, creating a new landscape for social interaction. Lunchroom and after-school cliques have been supplemented or replaced with cell (mobile phone) text messages, Facebook, instant messaging (IM), e-mail, personal Web sites and blogging (Web logs or personal diaries). This is how today's young people stay in touch and make new friends. Instant messaging, unlike e-mail, is very practical since it allows conversations with one person or a group of friends in real time. Having a long list of Facebook or IM friends, even ones they have never actually met, has become a status symbol for kids. </p> <p>A 2002 Environics survey reported that 99 percent of Canadian students have used the Internet. According to a 2001 study by the Media Awareness Network, an Ottawa-based non-profit group that monitors Internet activity, nearly 60 percent of Canadian youth aged nine to 17 have used IM and chat rooms. While most cyber communication is of a positive nature, an increasing number of young people are using interactive technology to harass and bully peers. Destructive rumours damage reputations and disrupt peer relationships. Death threats sent in cell phone text messages torment teenage recipients. The Media Awareness Network study found that one quarter of young Canadian Internet users have received e-mails with hateful messages about others. A 2002 British survey found that one quarter of youth, aged 11 to 19, have been harassed via computers or cell phones. </p> <h3>Bullying and cyber bullying</h3> <p>Bullying involves the physical or verbal harassment of others. Cyberbullying, also known as Internet bullying, is intentional harassment that occurs through electronic media. Both involve power and control. According to Bill Belsey, an education consultant and bullying expert from Alberta, cyberbullying is worse than schoolyard bullying because it cannot be escaped. Cyberbullying does not end when the child arrives home. Because kids spend so much time on cell phones and the Internet, they are easy targets for cyber-abuse. Bullying can continue even in the privacy of a teen's bedroom, with messages suddenly appearing on the computer or cell phone screen. It can happen at anytime and can be so intrusive that a child or teen feels trapped and helpless. Cyberbullies are like stalkers who don't let up. Glenn Stutzky, a social work professor at Michigan State University and one of the key researchers in cyberbullying, says that "Bullying, when it comes into our lives, comes in a way that takes over our lives... It's only a matter of time before it comes again. It hurts because your life is no longer your own. Someone else is in control."</p> <p>The advent of technology has taken bullying to new heights. Cyberbullies are often more vicious and hurtful than in-person bullies, saying things on line they would never say face to face. The anonymity of on-line harassment gives bullies the power to attack others with little risk of being caught. Using cyber technology to harass also shields bullies from the consequences of their actions. Having no actual physical contact with their victims, the cyberbully's feelings of empathy and remorse are minimized.</p> <h3>Who are cyberbullies and cyber victims?</h3> <p>Is there a profile of the typical cyberbully or victim? Although there has been very little research on the characteristics of cyberbullies and victims, recent U.S. studies provide some insight. Online bullies tend to be older teens and are just as likely to be female as male. Cyberbullies are more likely to have been victims themselves of online and regular, "off-line" bullies. Cyberbullies have a history of more delinquent behaviours and drug use than non-bullies. Those who bully on the Internet also tend to have poorer relationships with and less monitoring by their parents. </p> <p>Targets of Internet bullies are just as often females as males. Thirty percent of young people targeted by cyberbullies report feeling very upset by the online incident though few report the harassment. Bullied boys are more likely to be depressed than non-bullied boys. Further research is needed to determine whether these boys are depressed as a result of harassment or whether pre-existing depression made them easy targets for harassment.</p> <h3>Cyberbullying and the law</h3> <p>No behaviours in cyberspace are completely anonymous. Every instance of Internet access creates an Internet Protocol address or "electronic fingerprint" which can be traced by authorities. However, it can still be difficult to prove cyberbullying. The police may be able to trace the source of harassing messages but the bully can simply deny involvement and claim that someone else used their computer.</p> <p>Bullies can also challenge authorities with arguments of freedom of speech and intellectual property. Not only bullies pit ethics against rights. Champions of free speech on the Internet do not believe in censoring something just because some disapprove. According to Jeffrey Shallit, vice president of Electronic Frontier Canada, a group founded to protect the rights and freedoms of people using information technology, "Freedom of speech protects the thoughts we hate just as much as the thoughts we like."</p> <p>However, under the Criminal Code of Canada, some forms of online bullying are considered criminal acts and are punishable by law. For example, it is a crime to send repeated messages to someone if the nature of the messages causes that person to fear for their safety or the safety of others. In other words, an online death threat is a criminal offence. It is also considered a crime to publish something defamatory and libellous, that is, writing something that is insulting or damaging to a person's reputation by exposing them to hatred, contempt or ridicule. Violation of the Canadian Human Rights Act is also punishable. Cyber harassment involving the spreading of hate or discrimination based on race, religion, colour, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital or family status, age or disability is illegal.</p> <h3>Taking action against cyberbullying</h3> <p>Technology has a different role in the lives of adults and young people. Most adults see computers and cell phones as practical tools. Children and teens, on the other hand, view these communication tools as social lifelines. But when technology is misused for the purpose of harming others, the consequences can be serious. Given the growing incidence of cyberbullying and the negative impact it can have on young people's mental health, cyberbullying should be seen as a significant public health issue that needs more attention.</p> <p>Many young people today are technologically so experienced that it can be intimidating for adults to keep up. But parents and educators need to be aware of young people's online activities. The role of teachers in combating Internet harassment may be even more critical than that of parents. The research suggests cyberbullies tend to have poor relationships and minimal supervision by parents.</p> <p>The Media Awareness Network recommends that adults take a preventative approach to cyberbullying and teach anti-bullying behaviour to young people, both in the classroom and at home. They stress developing clear guidelines around the responsible use of technology, enforcing punishment when guidelines are not followed, and discussing what to do if a youth feels victimized by a cyberbully. Young people also need to take a stand against cyberbullying with their peers. Kids are more likely to listen to criticism from friends than from adults.</p> <p>Please read <a href="/Article?contentid=737&language=English">cyberbullying: part two</a> to learn about more actions parents can take against cyberbullying.</p><p>Media Awareness Network. Young Canadians in a wired world- parents and youth focus groups in Toronto and Montreal. <i>Environics Research Group.</i> 2000. Available from http://www.media-awareness.ca.</p> <p>http://www.cyberbullying.ca</p> <p>Ybarra ML. Linkages between depressive symptomatology and Internet harassment among young regular Internet users. <i>CyberPsychology & Behavior.</i> 2004;7(2):247-257.</p> <p>Ybarra ML, Mitchell KJ. Youth engaging in online harassment: associations with caregiver-child relationships, Internet use, and personal characteristics. <i>Journal of Adolescence</i>. 2004;27:319-336.</p><img alt="" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/cyber_bullying_part_one.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/cyber_bullying_part_one.jpgCyberbullying part one

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