Cyber Bullying: Protecting Kids and Adults from Online by Samuel C. McQuade III, James P. Colt, Nancy Meyer

By Samuel C. McQuade III, James P. Colt, Nancy Meyer

Before the arrival of the common use of the web, bullying was once restrained to college grounds, school rooms, and backyards. Now, the virulence of bullying has taken on new that means, as bullies take to the net to intimidate, harrass, embarrass, and offend others. via electronic mail, mobile phones, textual content messaging, and social networking websites, bullies can perform their bullying in lots of circumstances with out ever having to confront their sufferers, and sometimes with no end result. while the audiences for humiliation some time past used to be frequently constrained to those that witnessed the bullying and maybe talked to others approximately it, now, bullying occurs in our on-line world, the place photographs and audio might be published on-line for complete college groups to witness, speak about, and touch upon. The social, mental, and occasionally monetary trauma skilled by way of sufferers may be devastating, and every so often, cyber bullying has crossed the road and have become a felony act.

Because with regards to somebody will be the sufferer of cyber bullying, and since it frequently is going unreported, there are worthwhile few assets to be had to sufferers, mom and dad, lecturers, and others attracted to combatting this new kind of bullying. This ebook offers, despite the fact that, a completely built, well-researched research of cyber bullying - what it's, the way it is conducted, who's affected, and what can and may be performed to avoid and regulate its incidence in society. The publication captures the sensational, technological, and bad points of cyber bullying whereas balancing those with dialogue from views approximately social computing, quite a few educational disciplines, probabilities for public coverage and laws formula, schooling, and crime prevention techniques. utilizing case examples all through, readers will come away with a brand new experience of indignation for the sufferers and a greater realizing of the transforming into challenge and the way to wrestle it.

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Here again we see the power of years of conditioned responses to relying on IT devices and social computing as a significant augmentation if not a replacement for face-to-face communications. This is very common within digital youth culture that values rapid fire responses to messages often composed in shorthand, semicoded text called netspeak or leetspeak. We will discuss this in some detail in Chapter 3. Myth #8: Bullies suffer from insecurity and low self-esteem. Truth: While some bullies are insecure or have low self-esteem, many bullies are not suffering in these ways.

Stop us one way and we’ll invent another way. —13-year-old female So far we have discussed the reality that social computing now effectively equates to mobile computing that is integral to digital youth culture. We also explained in Chapter 1 that kids today rely on social and electronic gaming networks to interact with their online and in-person friends. Also that cyber bullying is an extension of classical in-person bullying methods and is a key type of incivility that increasingly occurs online by and among youth.

A. “sexting”). 16 Findings from RIT’s “Survey of Internet and At-Risk Behaviors” confirms that taking, posting, sending, and receiving nude photos, experiencing sexual chat, receiving unwanted solicitations for sex, and viewing of pornography is now common among middle and high school students, and extends downward into primary school to involve 6th grade and even younger students. Sex-related text and images are so ingrained into social computing activities that exchanges of such content, though illegal, can no longer be considered deviant for many youths.

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