The Be Project: Empowering Youth to be part of the solution to end relationship violence

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CYBERBULLYING

The Statistics:

  • Over 40% of all teenagers with Internet access reported being bullied online during the past year.
  • Only 10% of those who were bullied online told their parents.

Defined:

Who is involved?

  • Bully (Aggressor)
  • Target (Victim)
  • Bystander (Witness)

What is cyberbullying?

  • When one person (or a group of people) intentionally hurts another person (or group of people) using technology (e.g., Internet, interactive and digital technologies, cell phones, etc.)
  • The hurtful behavior is usually done more than once or repeatedly; and
  • The behavior is peer-based (i.e., between two children or youth and not between a child/youth and an adult – when an adult is involved it is cyber-harassment).

How is Cyberbulling Different than Face-to-Face Bullying?

  • Highly accessible – technology provides a 24/7 platform
  • Audience is wide and can be accessed very quickly – hurtful messages and images can be sent to many, many people at the click of a button
  • Bully is often anonymous – using technology it is possible to bully anonymously, so youth may use technology to send messages they would never deliver face-to-face
  • Lack of reporting – many youth fail to report cyberbullying to adults for fear that in response the adult will limit their access to/use of technology
  • Bystanders and witnesses are anonymous – hurtful messages and images can be viewed anonymously so there is not the same social pressure to step-in as in face-to-face situations

The Effects of Cyberbullying:

Without intervention targets of cyberbullying are more likely to:

  • Be depressed, lonely and anxious
  • Have low self-esteem
  • Think about suicide or try to commit suicide

Web Resources:

www.familyplacebeproject.org 
www.commonsensemedia.org
www.fosi.org
www.stopcyberbullying.org
www.cyberbullying.us

24-hour Hotlines:

The Family Place 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 214-941-1991
Texas Youth Hotline: 1-888-210-2278
National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE
Teen CONTACT Help Line: 972-233-TEEN
The Trevor Lifeline: 1-866-4-U-TREVOR