We’ve been discussing various types of bullying in this series. There are many different tactics bullies use. It’s limited only by the bullie’s imagination.
We’ve covered some of the most common types of bullying, but I’d like to close out the series with the one most commonly covered in the news.
This is any type of bullying that happens online. It could be via text mesages, blogs, social networking websites, instant messages, e-mails, and more.
In and of itself cyberbullying isn’t unique.
A threat is a threat, but when it’s done via text message it’s cyber bullying.
A rumor is a rumor, but when it’s posted on Facebook it becomes cyberbullying.
The bullying tactics don’t change. The only thing that changes it the tools being used.
So why is Cyberbullying such a big deal?
What makes it different from any other type of bullying?
With the basic types of bullying you have a reprieve. If it’s happening at school, you can go home and push it out of your mind for a while. When the bully isn’t in your general area it’s hard for them to hurt you.
With Cyberbullying that changes. The power of the internet means that everyone can be everywhere, all the time.
That means the bullying doesn’t end when you go home. There’s no reprieve.
Your phone beeps, it’s a nasty comment. Your wall is filled with hate. You’re scared to check your e-mail.
The reason that Cyberbullying is such a big deal is because it makes the other types of bullying, which were already powerful, even more powerful.
Fortunately there are many ways to take a stand against Cyberbullying, many of which take less than a second to do! We’ll be talking about it more in our next series.
Thanks again for taking the time to read. As always, please feel free to leave a comment below if you have any additional thoughts!