Cyber-bullying is carried out in order to shame, embarrass, tease or frighten the receiver. Messages are often electronically sent from an “anonymous” sender. Can you spot a cyber-bully?
The following 10 electronic clues could be signs of cyber-bullying behavior among your students:
- Posting humiliating or embarrassing memes or other edited images to mock a student on social media
- Asking a student to take "private" photos or videos and then forwarding to other students
- Intentionally taking embarrassing photos or videos of a student without permission and sharing it with others
- Catfishing a student by pretending to be someone else with a malicious intent to hurt the student
- Sending repeated messages through email, texts or social media chats that are cruel, demeaning, or threatening
- Posting gossip, rumors or lies about a student in group chats or on social media
- Encouraging other students to troll and flame a student by posting mean comments in social media
- Vicious gaming such constantly destroying a particular student's avatars, characters or properties on purpose
- Creating an online group or website for the purpose of mocking certain students
- Repeated sending of neutral messages to a student at all hours of the day that become harassing and annoying
When this occurs in a serious way personal, home, classroom and school intervention is needed.
RaceBridges recommends this detailed resource on the complex problem of Cyber-Bullying: cyberbullying.org.
A number of RaceBridges resources can be found by searching “bullying” on: RaceBridgesStudio.com