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Battling the online bullies, Across the Ocean

Cyber-bullying used to involve sending threatening texts or e-mails, but the class of 2008 are finding social networks to be a fertile, and occasionally dangerous breeding ground, as Ian Hardy found out.

A teenager being bullied by two other people Cyber-bullies can hide their identity on the internet It does not take much for a teenager’s cyber universe to spin out of control.

A fight at school, an online misunderstanding, and within minutes he or she can become the victim of a cyber-bully campaign, thanks to the fact that millions of children are connected by computers and gadgets.

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“Cyber-bullying is when one child or teen targets another for embarrassment, humiliation, fear, blackmail. Something designed to hurt the other using an interactive technology,” said security, privacy and cyberspace lawyer and executive director of WiredSafety, Parry Aftab.

“That’s made a big difference because kids have learned that they can use the internet as a weapon.”

It’s more harsh over the internet because they don’t have to see your reaction when they say those mean words to your face… Abby, cyber-bully victim

Cyber-bullies can hide behind anonymous internet accounts, and they do not need big muscles, just the ability to type.

Yet the consequences can be far reaching.

“It’s more harsh over the internet because they don’t have to see your reaction when they say those mean words to your face. So over the internet you’re more likely to say the meanest possible things you can say, and then you don’t even regret it, ” said cyber-bully victim Abby.

“I would get messages on IM [Instant Messenger] and they would be ‘you’re really mean’ or ‘you’re ugly’, until I just couldn’t take it any more,” says Ralph who was also a victim of cyber-bullying.

This is a great article from Across the Ocean, it shows that CyberBullying is a world wide problem and that we have to be proactive when it comes to protecting our children from cyberbullying…

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We are getting ready to release a brand new book on CyberBullying with the next few weeks so stay tuned and will post a pre-launch date soon…

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Bill Wardell

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  2. By Dori on Jul 7, 2008 | Reply

    Keep fighting the good fight!!!
    It is difficult to monitor our children when getting online seems to be the easiest thing for them to do anywhere!
    It is so important to give our children the understanding of what is acceptable communications and most of all – to let them know that if anything inappropriate happens to come to us. We will not judge them or ignore them as parents – it is our job and responsibility to help them stand up and protect themselves. It is also our responsibility to learn all we can to assist them in this newest threat to them.
    Sadly with progress comes the same agressions only now they are expressed through cyberspace!

  3. By David Venters on Jul 7, 2008 | Reply

    You are so right Bill I am disabled and was born with a disability, and was bullied everywhere through school and even work

    but bullying takes many forms

    but we also must be big enough to see threw when someones bullying us and when someones not

    we can also be making our kids nervous by pointing things out,

    its made me stronger and more certain of myself

    and any bullying has made me stronger

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