Cyber-bullying

 

What is it Cyber-bullying?

 Cyber-bullying involves the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group that is intended to harm others (Bill Belsey, cyberbullying.org).

 This form of bullying is often committed using mobile phones or the Internet and includes such activities as:

 Posting hurtful messages on social networking sites.

Sending repeated unwanted messages either by SMS, instant messaging (IM) or email.

Excluding someone from an online group.

Creating fake social networking profiles or websites that are mean and hurtful.

 

 

 

Advice

 It is vital to talk to young people about behaving appropriately online and with their mobile phone.  They need to be aware that there are real world consequences for their virtual world actions.

 Young people also need to know that they can tell someone if they are being cyber-bullied.  Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away, and there are steps that they can take to address the cyber-bullying.  What is most important is that they tell someone.

 What to do next

 In order to prevent and address cyber-bullying, a useful acronym to remember is I-CURRB.

 Investigate what your child is doing online.

Communicate with your children.

Use family safety software to keep track of what your children are able to access online.

Research your school’s and Internet Service Provider’s (ISP) policies on cyber-bullying. Online applications, such as IM, will also have their own policies.

Report cyber-bullying to your child’s school and/or ISP. If you have serious concerns for your child’s safety, contact your local police or report online Here  .

Block communications from cyber-bullies.  Most IM applications, chat rooms and email account providers allow you to block messages from identified people.

 Learn how to block cyber-bullies Here.

 

 

 

Further support

If you want to talk to someone about being cyber-bullied, there are a number of options available:

 Bullying No Way

Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800

Reach Out

LifeLine 13 11 14

 

 

BLOCK COMMUNICATIONS

Cyber-bullying is never OK and young people need to know how to deal with cyber-bullies.  In this section, we will provide advice on how to stop cyber-bullying by blocking communications on some of the popular websites and applications that young people use.  Each of these applications should have a “Safety” or “Help” section which outlines how to stay in control of your online experience.

MSN Messenger

Right-click on the person’s name in your contact list and select the “Block” option.  You can also block someone in the conversation window when you are talking to them by selecting the “Block” button;

Remove the person from your contact list by right-clicking on their names and selecting the “Delete” option;

If someone is harassing or threatening you, click on the “Help” menu and select the “Report Abuse” option.  Action will be taken if the person is violating the Terms of Use.

MySpace Australia

Access the person’s profile and select the “Block User” function;

Remove the person from your friend list;

Save a copy and then delete any comments they have made on your profile;

Save a copy and then delete any emails they have sent through your MySpace inbox without opening them;

If they have created a fake profile of you or a friend, copy the URL of the profile and forward it to MySpace Customer Service;

You can report cyber-bullying to MySpace by clicking on the “Contact MySpace” link, selecting the “Report Abuse” topic and then the “Cyber bullying” sub-topic.

Facebook

Go to the “Privacy” page and enter the person’s name in the “Block” search field at the bottom of the page;

Remove the person from your friend list;

Save a copy and then delete any comments they have made on your profile;

Save a copy and then delete any emails they have sent you through your Facebook inbox without opening them;

If someone has posted an image of you without your permission and named you in the photo, you can remove your name from the photo by selecting the “Remove Tag” option.  Ask the person who posted the image to take it down, Facebook cannot force people to remove photos unless they violate the Terms of Use.  If someone is constantly tagging you in embarrassing or inappropriate photos, remove them from your friend list so that they will no longer be able to tag you in photos;

If someone has posted an offensive post, you can report this to Facebook using the “Report this Post” link under each post.

Formspring

Access the person’s profile and select the “Block this person” link at the bottom of the page.

You can block someone who has asked you a question by selected the “Block” option on that question.

A list of all those people you have blocked can be found in the Privacy Settings.

Bebo

Access the person’s profile and select the “Block” option;

Remove the person from your friend list;

Save a copy and then delete any comments they have made on your profile;

Save a copy and then delete any emails they have sent you through your Bebo inbox without opening them;

If someone is harassing you, contact the Bebo administration and they will be able to take action if the person is violating their Terms of Service.

Twitter

Access the person’s blog page and select the “unfollow” option on the right-hand side;

If you are being harassed or threatened, contact the Twitter administration and they will be able to take action if the person is violating their Terms of Service.

YouTube

If you have an account, you can report videos by selecting the “Flag” button under each video.  Select the most appropriate reason for reporting the video and a report will be sent to the YouTube administration.

Other Websites (Blogs, Gaming, Discussion Boards, etc.)

Contact the administration of the website by clicking on the “Contact”, “Help” or Safety” options available on most websites.  They will take action if the person is violating their Terms of Use.

Mobile Phones

Talk to your mobile phone company and find out if they are able to stop certain numbers calling, or texting, your phone.

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