Due to the rise in those who own mobiles and computers a nasty phenomenon in Australia is slowly on the rise, Cyber Bullying. This is where people use electronic communication to harm others. Cyber bullies can use text messages, phone calls, email, instant messaging, social networking sites and web pages to embarrass others. Bullying is known as harassing, things such as spreading false rumours, sending offensive messages, telling embarrassing stories or posting images that would make others uncomfortable. They can also include stalking, violent or sexual threats.
Cyber Bullying that targets Teenagers
Cyber bullying is a variety of things. It is sending offensive messages or cartoons about a person. Revealing secrets told by a former friend, excluding someone from an online group, telling sexual information, or any type of information that is untrue.
Symantec surveyed children worldwide and found that 19% of children have had an experience with cyber bullying or cyber pranks. Which could include receiving messages, images, videos that are intended as a joke or a prank. If this joke or prank is at your expense it is best if you contact an adult or teacher and inform them with all the information you know.
Symantec survey also found that 23% of children have had an encounter with a stranger on the Internet, including 7% of children who report having met someone in the real world from the Internet.
Robyn Treyvaud is an educational consultant "now teenagers even know that if they go - leave the front door, they have to tell mum and dad where they're going, what time they're going to be home. Mum and dad want to know who is going to be there. And it's really no different on the Internet. In fact, there probably are more concerns for parents because of the huge numbers of potential strangers who may do something to upset their child but may not."
"The interesting phenomenon about the videotaping" is a trend that started in Europe "We just had this story in the United States of some girls, cheerleaders, who had a dispute with a young girl and held her prisoner in a house while they beat her up and videotaped it to put on 'YouTube'. And the bizarre thing - I mean, the lack of awareness of these children. Yes, they beat her up and they did this terrible violence during the moment, but it also got them all arrested and they're going to have criminal charges against them. So society is actually well set up to handle things with physical evidence, like video tape." Explains Marian Merritt* *from Symantec Internet Safety Advocate.
Read more on Cyber Bullying Prevention for Teenagers here: http://www.girl.com.au/cyber-bullying-prevention-tips-for-teenagers.htm
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