by Pearl Bell
Bullying for years has been stereotyped to show the scene of a larger boned, bigger kid picking on the smaller almost wimpy kid at school by pushing him into a locker. While this stereotype of physical bullying does exist, bullying has become much more subtle and almost invisible to track. Verbal and emotional violence is more pervasive and can be more detrimental to youth in our society and our schools.
Teachers and administrators have become more attuned to gossip and rumor spreading but without help from other students some forms of bullying are still under the radar.
Cyber-bullying involves 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. (Wikipedia Definition). This can involve e-mails, text messaging, picture messaging and other uses of everyday technology utilized in today’s society.
Because this form of bullying is less tangible it becomes even harder to track but has caused many youth a lot of pain. This video offers a first hand emotional look at cyber-bullying.
What can you do to stop cyber-bullying?
If you are being bullied or if you witness bullying, don’t just stand by, become an ACTION Ally! An ally is someone who stands up for others being bullied. Below are some easy steps to follow;
• Assert yourself – let them know that you’re not ok with what is happening
• Create a distraction – distractions can deter and take the attention elsewhere
• Turn to others for help – stay in a group of people, or find others to support you
• Include – invite the person being bullied to have lunch, hang out or just talk
• Offer Support – ask if they are ok, if they need help,
• Notify an adult
And specifically, if you are being cyber-bullied—do not reply! This can make the bullying worse—tell an adult.Tweet