Cyber bullying has come forth as a recent form of peer aggression in our society. As its name implies, cyber bullying occurs through the use of an electronic device with the purpose to harm others. Although research has already established a number of serious consequences of cyber-attacks, many questions remain unanswered concerning the impact of cyber bullying.
Children are the most valuable asset in every town or community, regardless of religion, ethnicity or national origin. Given that technology is increasing rapidly, it seems important to assess the risks related to internet usage, and in particular the risks of becoming a victim of online grooming and cyber bulling .Todays kids and teenagers are living in a environment that is radically different ...view middle of the document...
As a result of social networking less children socialize with each other face to face. Furthermore children have a lack of confidence when speaking to people and are now sadly more shy than ever before. A survey carried out by physiologists in England said “Children who spend long amounts of time on computers are more likely to develop symptoms of shyness”. From this we can see that computer usage by children is ruining their personality and has a huge impact on their social aspect.
Every day, almost 700,000 children log in to social media networks to share their activities with their friends and acquaintances. For some kids, logging on means facing a virtual form of harassment and abuse called cyber bullying. Before you think its a good idea your child has not been on the computer for a while, think agin. Like any drastic change in behaviour, there is usually a explanation to why . if your child is being cyber bullied the attacks can come at anytime during the day through cell phones and computers , and it’s not always in the form of “hate mails”. Bullies use sabotage, impersonation, harassment , stealing and other criminal means to harm others and the effects can be devastating.
How to tackle cyber bullying
Cyber bullies use the internet, email, instant messaging, or text messages to harass another person. A cyber bully may be someone you actually know or it could be someone you have only met online. The best way to protect your child against cyberbullying is to ignore any communications from the bully, use e-mail and internet filtering software, only allow instant messages from people you have set up on your list, and protect your identity and personal information while using the internet.