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Cyber-Bashing: the New Trend in Cyber-Bulling

We’ve all heard the news reports about school-age taking their aggressive and abusive behavior to new extremes. Not only do some teens get into after-school fights, but some even plan a violent conflict in advance so that their buddies can stand nearby and videotape the assault. To add insult to injury, the video of the attack is posted on the Internet so these bullies can earn so-called bragging rights.

Known as , these videos are not merely amateur pranks. Such fights — which are posted everywhere from the popular YouTube to more obscure Internet sites most parents wouldn’t even know about — represent a violent new twist to childhood bullying. Children are doubly victimized — first by the assault itself, then a second time by the public humiliation when the taping of the attack is shown on the Internet for classmates and the world to see. 

“Parents need to understand that in our society, they can be held legally liable for the harm cause by what their children do and what they post online,” says Nancy Willard, author of Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens: Helping Young People Learn to Use the Internet Safely and Responsibly (Jossey-Bass) and executive director at the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use ( “So maybe they want to pay more attention to what their child might be doing not only in real life, but online as well.”

For victims, , and spectators alike, there are lessons to be learned about cyber-bashing. Here’s a few to get you started:

1. Take action if your child is a victim  If your kid ends up in a cyber-bashing video, consider taking these steps immediately:

  • Download the video and call the police “Make sure you save the evidence,” Willard advises. Download a copy of the video and preserve it on a CD or DVD. The video may speak for itself in court or before a juvenile justice judge and help convict the perpetrator or gang.

UPElizabeth Wasserman is a writer and editor based in the Washington, D.C. area. Her work has appeared in Inc. magazine, Congressional Quarterly, and she currently edits the CIO Strategy Center (

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  2. By Roger Simpkins on Jun 1, 2008 | Reply

    far out. jordan anderson is a bully. but im bullyin her by writing this i suppose. Roger Simpkins OUT

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