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Bullying Can Happen Anywhere and to Anyone

When we think of bullying we think of children and the issues they face at school. But bullying occurs within every age groups and can affect people differently.


In the age of technology and with more and more people online, cyberbullying is also increasing. So, what exactly is cyberbullying and how does it differ? Here are some things to look for. If you know someone who may be using social media for the first time, or more frequently, it's good to look for warning signs: WHAT IS CYBER BULLYING? Cyberbullying is defined as the intentional and repetitive mistreatment or harassment or group that is perpetrated through the use of technology and social media platforms.

HOW IS CYBER BULLYING DIFFERENT FROM TRADITIONAL BULLYING?

  • Anyone can anonymously assume the role of the “bully”

  • Causes as much or more distress: • Anonymity intensifies cruelty • Invisibility lessens empathy • Victimization is 24/7 • Impact is instant, far-reaching


ASK QUESTIONS

If a family member or someone you love is using social media to stay in touch, be also aware that they may be subject to targeted harassment or harmful postings. It's ok to ask questions about how they are using social media and how they feel when they engage.


WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF BULLYING ON THE TARGETED INDIVIDUAL?

  • Depression

  • Isolation and loneliness

  • Anxiety

  • Poor performance in school

  • Health-issues

  • Low self-esteem

  • Marginalization

  • Thoughts of suicide

BOTH BULLYING AND HAZING CAN HAPPEN ONLINE. HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT?

  • Bullying is usually directed by one individual to another. It is used to exclude the targeted individual from the group, or harass them to make them go away.

  • Hazing is a more organized ritual or process that is used as a rite of pasage, or a way of screening who the hazer wants to allow in. It is imposed on a person who wants to be part of the group.

  • Bullies often act alone, but hazing is often orchestrated by insiders against outsiders.



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