In 2015, Australia was ranked 3rd in the number of searches made on the topic of cyber bullying via Google
Young people who are bullied at school are at greater risk of becoming a victim of cyber bullying. 7 out of 10 young people are victims of cyber bullying.
- 37% of young people experience cyber bullying on a frequent basis
- 81% of 13-18 year olds have been exposed to online hate
- 78% of 16-17 year olds claim to have personal information such as a photograph of themselves on their social networking profile pages
- 61% of 16-17 year olds accept 'friend requests' from people they don't know offline
- 21% of young people have been cyber bullied one or more, two or more times in the previous 30 days
- 19.4% were victims of rumors online
- 12.8% experienced mean or hurtful comments online
- 10.1% were threatened to be hurt through a mobile phone text
- 8.3% were threatened to be hurt online
- 4.6% had a mean or hurtful picture of them posted online
With the continuous advancements in technology through the usage of smart phones, ipads and laptops, cyber bullying has become so frequent that young people have started to accept this as a part of their everyday lives.
Female adolescents are more at risk
40.6% of females are cyber bullied compared with 28.8% of males
Cyber bullying is not acknowledged by many parents
14% of parents claimed they didn't know if their child had experienced cyber bullying. 75% claimed their child had never experienced cyber bullying
Cyber bullying is a cyber crime using technology to deliberately and repeatedly bully someone else. It can happen to anyone, anytime and can leave the recipient feeling unsafe and alone.
The main reason why cyber bullying is not acknowledged by many parents is because this type of bullying takes place via the internet, usually in chat rooms. As a parent, if we are not monitoring what our child is doing on the internet, it becomes easy for this type of bullying to be overlooked.
As you can see from the statistics, it isn’t just the internet where people are cyber bullied. It can take place through text messages, blogs, emails, social media sites and websites.
Examples of cyber bullying include
- Harrasment - sending mean, abusive or insulting texts and emails
- Exclusion - deliberatley excluding someone from an online group such as group messages, chats, online apps and gaming sites
- Inappropriate image tagging
- Impersonations - misusing someones personal information to imitate them online, setting up fake profiles or sending malicious messages to defame or inflict damage to someones character
- Rumours sent by email or posted on social networking sites
- Embarrassing pictures, videos, websites
- Cyber stalking - victims are harrased by an anonymous person with threats or fear and are left vulnerable and exposed
- Online fights - where angry, hostile messages are exchanged
Our tools, strategies and activities
Our workshop teaches high school students the strategies and tools on how to be cyber safe. We also teach students how to treat others respectfully online. How to be constructive and not cause harm to others. How to keep private information secure and knowing how to report unsafe online behaviour to the appropriate person.
We raise awareness of cyber bullying and teach students how to handle, stop and prevent it using multimedia presentations, short films, group discussions and group work, role play, games and activities.
At workshop conclusion, students should be more empowered to
- Deal with the dangers of Cyber Bullying
- Understand the consequences it can have. This includes the social, emotional and legal consequences of online misuse
- Focus on the important role of the bystander
- Reduce bullying
- Use safe cyber practices and the tips that we provide to help young people to stay cyber safe.
(Sources: Australian Commissions and Media Authority ACMA. 'No Bullying' website. 10,000 young people surveyed.Cyberbullying Research Centre www.cyberbullying.org/2015-data)
Online safety tips
Australian Government eSafety resources
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