The history of cyber-bulling
The English expression defines when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed by someone else from the Internet, interactive media, digital and mobile technologies. Cyberbullying is harassment of a minor against another minor. The authorities use the English expression Cyberstalking when an adult is involved in bullying, trying to appeal to children and adolescents for sexual encounters.
The methods used in Cyberbullying harassment are limited only by the imagination of the child or adolescent sick stalker and access to technology. And the worst is that victim and harasser often change roles, going from tormented intimidate and vice versa.
Direct harassment cyberbullying
1. Harassing messages from instant messaging (chat, MSN, Skype, Yahoo Messenger )
2. Stealing mail account passwords and web user.
3. Offensive comments on blogs and websites.
4. Sending pictures via email and mobile phones.
5.Internet Surveys insulting or reviling a minor.
6. Interactive games involving the beleaguered.
7. Sending malicious code and viruses on the victim harassed email.
8. Sending Porn and junk mail.
9. Impersonation. The stalker assumes the identity of the victim online and commits criminal acts or that denigrate the image of the bullied.
Suicide caused by Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying is a big concern now in very advanced societies like Japan. In Japan there are 38,000 web pages that shows extremely violent or pornographic material, used for high school students or high school publish threats, offensive messages or compromising pictures of their own colleagues. Cyberbullying jumped to the front of the media in July 2007, when an 18 year old girl committed suicide after her classmates put a picture of her naked in a unofficial school website . The Ministry of Education of Japan conducted an analysed 2,000 pages and forums and half insulting messages containing more than 40 percent used a language related to sex and 25 percent of the messages were violent words and phrases as Ill kill and death .
Most of the actions of Internet harassment, cyberbullying, usually do not go that far. Overall they are limited to threatening messages in chats and forums or stolen passwords and identity in email accounts.
Educators generally have their hands tied to combat cyberbullying because most bullying actions take place outside school and at school, yes, the education professionals can be very effective working with parents to stop and correct cyberbullying situations and educating students on ethical online behaviour and explaining what is in the penal code on harassment.
By : Alvaro Ramos D’az (10)
Student at C.E.I.P Mariela C‡ceres PŽrez.
Los Llanos de Aridane (La Palma)