Cyberbullied – From The Playground To The Web [INFOGRAPHIC]

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cyberbullying intro   Cyberbullied   From The Playground To The Web [INFOGRAPHIC] I’ll let you into a little secret. When I was at school, I was bullied very badly. Mainly because I was one of the few people in class serious about doing any work, plus wearing geeky looking prescription glasses didn’t help. But I always took solace in the fact while they were bashing the hell out of me and taking my lunch money, that when I went home at 3.15pm, they couldn’t touch me anymore. At least not until the next morning anyway.

That was back in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, long before the Internet and mobile phones arrived.  But now that we are all wired up online and all carrying phones in our pocket, bullying has taken an ugly turn, in the form of cyberbullying. Now bullies aren’t content to make peoples lives a misery on the playground and in the classroom. They now have to continue the taunts and torments after school via Facebook, other social media such as Twitter, text messaging, instant messaging, and email. For some very determined bullies, there really is no hiding place for their victims anymore, and this inevitably leads to a spike in suicide attempts and successful suicides.

Our infographic today concerns this very subject and it is a subject that we should all be aware about, especially if you have children who are online. Are they really talking to their friends online or are they being tormented by a school bully, who suddenly finds courage hiding behind a computer screen?

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Let us know in the comments what you think of this form of bullying. Have you been (or are you at the moment) a victim of cyberbullying? If so, how did you cope or how are you coping right now?  I doubt I will get anyone to have the guts to admit this but are you someone actually engaging in cyberbullying? If so, why are you doing it? Wherever you stand in this issue – victim, tormenter, parent, or just interested onlooker – let us know in the comments what you think of this very sensitive issue.

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Infographic Source: www.onlinecollege.org
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Ryan Dube

One of the best infographics I’ve seen in a long time. I’ve seen and heard a lot of people speaking out against bullying and cyber-bullying – because it’s not politically correct to do so. However, I’ve also seen teachers and administrators fail to do anything about situations of bullying when there should be a zero-tolerance policy in every school system. On the same token, any parent with a kid that takes part in cyber-bullying should be a decent parent and take away Internet privileges. If they don’t – then those parents are part of the problem.

Mark O’Neill

Yes the parent can take away the computer at home but the Internet is in so many other places – Internet cafes, school, friends houses, that it doesn’t completely solve the problem.

What needs to happen is that the bully needs to be kicked out of school for a period of time and be taught to realise that their behaviour is unacceptable. Maybe even get the police involved if there has been incidents of assault. These days, schools pussy-foot around because they’re terrified of a lawsuit. Meanwhile, the bullying victim is suffering.

James Bruce

The stats imply that higher use of technology lead to higher suicide rates, but that’s clearly a disgusting use of statistics. The population of bees has also declined – obviously that’s caused by more teenagers killing themselves, right?

Kids will find a way to bully each other regardless of the medium, but trying to blame technology for increased suicide rates is a fools game. How about blaming a crappy society where children have absolutely zero hope for the future?

Mark O’Neill

Kids have found it easier to bully other kids because the medium is there for them to do it more easily. Whether it’s over the Internet or over SMS. True, if there was no Internet or SMS, they would find another way to bully, but the Internet and mobile phones just make it much easier, and it gives the bully longer access to their victim.

No longer can the victim escape when the school bell rings. Being tormented for longer in the day gives the victim the feeling there is no escape and I can easily see that turning into thoughts of suicide.

Darren

With respect to what you said, most of the people bullied online don’t do anything about it.

For example I used to be bullied online so you know what I did? … I clicked the ignore button, I added peoples emails to my spam.

I’ve spoken to so many people being bullied online and when I tell them to ignore the contacts, block the emails they say “nah it’s ok”. Well sorry but if you’re someone that shows weakness in that way then they will always not only be bullied but expect it.

Ben

Its a very disturbing trend that as the rate of tech consumption increases, so does the rate in suicides among teens.

D.J. Zebbie

Wow, this is a really powerful article, and I’m sorry that you had to experience bullying too. Apologies in advance for this “tl;dr” comment, but the folks here at MUO seem to have a much more than decent level of comprehension. :-)

It seems as though the pseudo-anonymity of the Internet has all but fostered this faceless culture of shameless shadow enemies who, when X or Y site bans their account, do the “sockpuppet” thing and just sign up for another one. I’ve even heard of people having something like 10 accounts on sites and telling all their friends to sign up for 10 — it’s like a chain-letter of sorts in which a lot of people are feeling like the weak links. But taking away Internet anonymity is not the solution; it’s the strawman argument that corporate-tethered legislators use (“think of the children”) as an excuse to get into people’s private life — especially those who use this new medium to criticize their leaders and society.

And Ryan, I do believe the parents are part of the problem — in some cases it’s actually the parents and not the kids directly who do the bullying (cf. Megan Meier). But I don’t think “zero tolerance” is a good idea, nor is it possible, because it doesn’t address the root cause, which is the attitudes people display towards each other that are deeply embedded within our culture. Zero tolerance oversimplifies the problem IMHO, the three-strikes rules that never really work and often just make things worse.

Administrators, be they political leaders, civil authorities or school officials, will fail to solve the problems unless they can get through to people’s hearts. Nothing can really be done about bullying until there’s widespread understanding that the problem is not with the bullied but with the entire concept of bullying in the first place. The rules of supply and demand do unfortunately apply, and comprehensive education, rather than draconian punishments, are key.

Just like voluntary substance counseling works better than Prohibition ever did, or the drug wars ever will, the person has to want to quit. If they don’t, then they accept the consequences of losing their families and desertion because this is a chronic illness that they need to address. Putting people in jail with rapists and murderers doesn’t help the substance abuser to quit; in fact, it usually exacerbates the problem because their mental state deteriorates further and they self-medicate even more. Same as expelling kids from school or blackballing people from the workforce won’t work either. Kids are immature; their brains aren’t even fully developed until they’re close to 30, and chances are they’ll regret what they’ve done once it’s clearly pointed out to them. Otherwise, they’ll more likely come to resent the person they’ve bullied even more so, for being the “cause” of their downfall, and once again, they’ve missed the point, and a teaching opportunity has been overlooked.

Another problem is, though, growing older doesn’t always mean growing up, and there are still some teachers, in fact, who won’t even acknowledge that this is bad, but feel they have to go along with the rules made by higher-ups just to keep their jobs. Their hearts aren’t really in it. For them it’s just a matter of protocol, part of the handbook, political bureaucrats intervening with unions’ autonomy. Which it may be, but regardless, it’s not just kids who are part of the problem — more often than not, they learn these ideas from within the home. And so maybe a lot of adults need to learn why bullying is bad too. Acknowledging there’s a problem is halfway to a solution.

D.J. Zebbie

Oh, my, that paragraph came out HUGE — how do I insert line breaks???

Kelly Buchanan

Well done infographic. A great starting point for discussions. I will pass it along. Thanks for sharing.

TonyC

Nice infographic, but can I respectfully ask, what’s the point? Will it make any difference to this horrendous problem? Sure, you can make the problem more public, but I don’t think it will make any difference at all.

BTW, my personal opinion is that all bullies should be lined up and skittled with a giant wrecking-ball. Bully that, you scumbags!

Mark O’Neill

Of course there is a point. More public awareness is always good but mainly, parents need to be aware of this problem and look out for warning signs that their child is being bullied and is emotionally fragile as a result.

Schools have it in their best interests not to publicise any bullying coming from their classrooms so it is up to the parents to make sure their children are safe.

D.J. Zebbie

Point. But like I said above, it is a greater issue (about the size of that paragraph — I got it sorted out) that has a lot to do with the deeply embedded stereotypes that are unfortunately still pervasive within our culture.

Take a look at Japan, for instance, versus the U.S. They are notoriously stringent when it comes to life expectations for the nation’s youth, and those who can’t meet the high-pressure threshold are considered failures and all but abandoned by society.

Their parents lose social status because the culture of ancestral adherence creates accusations of bad parenting — people have even lost their jobs or been demoted because their kids didn’t get into the top engineering schools.

As a result, a cultural phenomenon has emerged, known as Hikikomori (sp?), translated as literally “pulling inward, being confined” and compared to the Western definitions of agoraphobia, social anxiety or autistic withdrawal. But some people regard this as a quiet rebellion by the youth against the absolutist pass/fail standards of old — the standards the U.S. wants to replicate with the No Child Left Behind mess that has resulted with tons of kids being left behind because they just didn’t meet the paradigm.

I think in order to strike at the heart of bullying, we as a *society* need to take a good, hard look at ourselves and the standards we impose upon people and our tooth-and-nail grip upon the old ways of the past. Maybe some kid doesn’t play well with others but can build you an app. Or maybe s/he just doesn’t get one bit of, or care two road-apples about the so-called STEM disciplines but has a remarkable personality and is a gifted artist or comic or musician, dancer, writer, etc. And maybe some kid isn’t going to prom with an opposite-sex date — is that any reason why society, be it school, parents, peers — should cast them off, or worse, torture them to the point of suicide? Of course not. :-(

Simply put, we all need to become more tolerant. That’s not a weakening of moral fabric or letting the inmates run the asylum / the kiddos coup d’etat the daycare, despite what people in positions of authority (usually of a more right-leaning persuasion) might think. That’s just called being human. And maybe the reason why so much bullying is happening is because there’s an increased awareness, and people who bully are going to amp it up even more because they don’t want to accept that finally, people are calling them out for what they’re doing that’s wrong.

Doesn’t mean we don’t need to continue fighting the good fight. :-)

Saikat Basu

Stereotyping is prevalent in all societies. Even the most developed ones. It is a peculiar human condition and I would go as far as to say – a disease. It starts right from kindergarten (e.g.. fat kids are often not called out to play), and goes on to the gravestones. Parents encourage it by comparing their kids to someone who is doing well. It has deep physiological effects and is more often not the difference between a confident kid (and man) and an under-confident one. Thanks for your insights.

Spencer Vincent

I think with sites like Facebook etc THEY should pay for this. When you see disgusting content weather it be bullying or an inappropriate post by anyone, reporting it does absolutely nothing! They also need to raise the age for these social networks back to 16 or maybe 18 and as with gambling websites, use some sort of ID to gain access. They are just too easy.

Scutterman

I was bullied at school, before cyber-bullying really became a thing and before I had any social network accounts. It’s about a lack of respect, but I’ve never been able to come up with a solution to enable that respect.
In a similar matter, I was, a year or so ago, part of a group which tried to bridge the gap of respect between adults and young people. It didn’t work out. Even within a group of young people who were striving for acceptance and respect, I felt I wasn’t respected simply because I wasn’t understood and I wasn’t “normal”.

Something has to be done about cyber-bullying, because I find it unimaginable that what I went through for 6 hours a day other people are suffering through day and night, but I haven’t heard of anything that seems like it will actually work. Any decent scheme targets or attracts the wrong people.

Saikat Basu

Thanks so much for you valuable and insightful; feedback.

randy

That infographics is very good . I was bully online by 100peoples and I didn’t know them . So , I left and went underground . Now , I went with different tune . I refuse to have people around me and onlines . I no longer accept their request , block , and have them spam . I am much happier now, I rather want to be left alone and to be alone.
Thank you , Inforgraphic