Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power or strength. Usually, it is repeated over time. Traditionally, bullying has involved actions such as: hitting or punching (physical bullying), teasing or name-calling (verbal bullying), or intimidation through gestures or social exclusion. In recent years, technology has given children and youth a new means of bullying each other.
Cyberbullying, which is sometimes referred to as online social cruelty or electronic bullying, has been defined as "an aggressive, intentional act carried out by a group or individual, using electronic forms of contact, repeatedly and over time against a victim who cannot easily defend him or herself" (Smith et al., 2008, p. 376).
Cyberbullying can involve:
L Sending mean, vulgar, or threatening messages or images
L Posting sensitive, private information and/or lies about another person
L Pretending to be someone else in order to make that person look bad
L Intentionally excluding someone from an online group (Willard, 2005)
Children and youth can cyberbully each other through:
L Instant messaging
L Text or digital imaging messages sent on cell phones
L Social networking sites
L Web pages
L Chat rooms or discussion groups
L Other cyber technologiesBelow you will find a link for a website that was featured as a Public Service Announcement (PSA) on MTV about cyber bullying. MTV has a big campaign to stop cyber bullying.Please click on the links and view the video:Thank youfrom the Faculty, Staff, and Administration ofSequoia Alternative Program