Defining Cyberbullying

June 28th, 2011 by Stephenie Ochoa

Social media networking or just social media sites have a very positive connotation when saying the terms and for the most part, I think it’s a positive thing for most communities. However, as with anything, there are those out there that want to ruin the fun. Just about every other day there are news stories popping up about another person who has committed suicide or has drastically been hurt by others attacking them through electronic social communications. The most well know of these cases may be Rutgers college student Tyler Clementi and Megan Meier.

 

In looking for a complete definition, I learned that the definition changes right along with technology and the capabilities thereof. For instance, a lot of cyberbullying now includes pictures and videos, stolen identity, emailing, and constant messaging as opposed to just name calling and threatening someone on a public site.

 

According to Wikipedia the definition is as follows:

Cyberbullying is “the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others”.[1] As it has become more common in society, particularly among young people, legislation and awareness campaigns have arisen to combat it.

 

Statistics about cyberbullying include:

  • Over half of all teens have been experienced bullying.
  • Only 10 percent of those being bullied report it.
  • One in five bullying cases are ever reported to law enforcement.
  • One in ten of teens have had embarrassing pictures taken of them without their permission often to be used in cyberbullying.

 

As ImageVision plans for the biggest launch to the social networking world, we want to encourage parents, administrators and children to have good cyber etiquette. If you are a victim of cyberbullying, ask for help and let the authorities know to avoid others from being bullied.

 

 

 

 

 

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