Research carried out for the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) found that 22% of 11-16 year olds had been a victim of cyber-bullying.
Cyberbullying can take any of the following methods…
- Text message
- Instant-messenger services such as MSN
- Social network sites (Bebo, Facebook)
- Emails including sending porn, unwanted images, junk mail and marketing
- Images or videos posted on the internet or spread via mobile phone
- Interactive gaming
- Setting up websites
- Blog pages
- Internet polling
- Stealing passwords / assuming identity
- Sending malicious codes such as viruses, spyware or hacking into programmes
There are two forms through which cyber-bullying can be directed:
- Direct attacks: messages are sent directly to the target by the user of bullying behaviour
- Cyberbullying by proxy: using others to spread or gather information on a particular victim.
Cyber bullying is a not a type of bullying in itself, but a method of bullying. So cyber-bullying can happen because of race or size just as verbal bullying can.
One of the most upsetting things about cyber-bullying is the way that it can invade all aspects of a young person’s life, meaning that there is nowhere they can feel safe and free from bullying and harassment.