Young people today are accustomed to new technology and most have smart phones, tablets or laptops. Sadly, this has led to an increase in cyberbullying and it is now the most common form of bullying. But what is cyberbullying?
All Resources aims to provide answers to questions such as:
- What does cyberbullying mean?
- Why do people cyberbully?
- What are the signs of cyberbullying?
- What are the effects of cyberbullying on an individual?
- How should we deal with cyberbullying?
- Is cyberbullying a crime?
- How can we prevent cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying usually takes place via text messages, social networks, instant messages, emails, online forums, chat rooms etc. Because of the anonymous nature of these types of cyberbullying, it is difficult to resolve and the cyberbullies often go unchallenged.
Because of the seriousness of the problem, the UK government has introduced guidelines to tackle cyberbullying.
Guidlines to Tackle Cyberbullying
In brief, all educational establishments are expected to develop a whole-school approach to cyberbullying which covers the following key elements:
- The development of a shared, agreed cyberbullying definition
- The establishment of new policies and practices, ensuring that everyone is engaged in and aware of the school’s approach to cyberbullying
- The provision of clear rules on the use of equipment, software and network access, Virtual Learning Environments, internet access, staff/pupil owned equipment, mobile phones, digital cameras, and laptops
- The provision of a clear understanding of acceptable behaviour for learners and employees including behaviour outside of school
It is very important that schools have robust anti-bullying policies in place, and all incidences of bullying and cyberbullying must be investigated. Schools must ensure that policies and practices involve not only teaching practitioners and students, but also parents and other members of the community who have an interest in the wellbeing of students. Areas covered should include:
- How does cyberbullying start?
- Where is cyberbullying most common?
- What can we do to stop cyberbullying?
- How to help someone being cyberbullied
- How to avoid cyberbullying in your organisation
- The consequences of cyberbullying
- Cyberbullying on social media
- The link between cyberbullying and suicide
- Internet safety and cycerbullying
- Types of cyberbullying and examples
Our resource pack Personal Safety in Cyberspace gives advice on cyberbullying and how to stay safe online. Please view our sample pages.
All Resources encourages a cross-curricular approach whereby cyberbullying is linked with relevant subjects across the curriculum.