– Charu Kriti
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, texts, and apps or online in social media, forums or gaming where people can view, participate in or share content. It includes sending, posting or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation.
Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior with the prevalence of social media and digital forums, comments, photos, posts, and content shared by individuals can often be viewed by strangers. All states have laws requiring schools to respond to bullying. As cyberbullying has become more prevalent with the use of technology, many states now include cyberbullying or mention cyberbullying offences. Under these laws, schools may take action either as required by law or with local or school policies that allow them to discipline or take other action. Parents and educators should be aware of the different types of cyberbullying, so they can adopt measures to prevent and confront them. Cyberbullying includes dozing which publishes revealing personal information about an individual, defaming or harassing the victim. Harassment is posting hurtful, threatening, or intermediating messages online. Impersonation creating fake accounts or gaining access to personal real social media accounts.
Beware of your child’s online activities. Children should not be allowed to browse the internet freely. Parents and teachers should monitor the sites that the children use and be Cognizant of the apps they download.