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Judy Helm Wright, of Missoula, Montana is a wise woman with a global message. As an author of over 20 books on Amazon, she writes about Responsibility, Respect & Resiliency.

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Dangers of Cyberbullying – Online Threats

Sep 10th 2010 at 11:28 AM

 

It has become a part of our mainstream media to read about cyberbullying and the young people who are affected daily.  Many do not tell, but suffer in silence. Afraid To Tell Parents and Teachers Out of a fear of losing access to technology many kids and teens do not inform parents and caregivers, teachers or friends they are experiencing problems with cyberbullies. Although similar to normal bullying in many ways cyberbullying involves the use of cell phones or other technology as a means to harass others. Cyberbullies use the internet and text messages to embarrass or intimidate another person. Messages and posts can range from threats of physical harm to disclosing personal information on their victim. The information cyberbullies put out information intended to defame or embarrass their victims. Cyberbullying often begins with young boys, but girls are more likely to continue the behavior through young adulthood. Threats, and sexual remarks are often the earmark of the cyberbully. However, sexual remarks are not usually classed as sexual harassment and do not usually involve a sexual predator. Who Is The CyberBully?
The behavior of the cyberbully is not limited to kids and young adults. There are many instances of adults who commit some form of cyber-harassment against another adult. These adults have a pattern of threatening employment or earnings of another individual.

Many teens and children who are being cyberbullied are afraid to tell. They are fearful they will lose computer or phone privileges if they tell their parents.

They often stalk others through the internet–threatening the safety and reputation of their victim. These cyber stalkers often use search engines and social media to sabotage and harass their victims. Cyberbullying can be either direct or indirect
Direct bullying involves communication directly between the victim and the bully, while indirect bullying involves others in the process to gang up on the victim. Cyberbullies can often remain anonymous by using temporary e-mail addresses and social networking accounts to harass or impersonate others. How To Combat The Threats
  • Change your e-mail address and cell phone number, be choosy who you give your new contact information to
  • Avoid unfamiliar chat rooms and websites
  • If a child, then tell an adult who has the power to help you.
  • If an adult, consult the local police
With few laws governing harassment over the internet and through texting messages victims often feel helpless and scared. These feelings can lead to low self esteem, anger, frustration, depression and even suicidal thoughts. What to Ask Yourself
  • How can I tell if someone I love is being cyberbullied?
  • What would I do if I found myself the victim of a cyberbully?
  • Have I ever written or done something online that another person might consider cyberbullying?
For more information please visit www.cyberbullyinghelp.com
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Nov 28th 2011 at 12:37 AM by sky2016
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Sep 24th 2010 at 6:41 AM by marloo
As a lecturer I quite often have groups of teen students, and have come across cyber bullying. I find that young people would rather speak to me (or another lecturer) about it, than to their parents.Great article, very informative
   
Sep 20th 2010 at 6:58 PM by successwithVeronica
I really enjoy reading your articles, very informative. I wish I could write like that.
   
Sep 20th 2010 at 4:18 PM by judyhwright
Hello from Montana, USA It is interesting to connect with lovely people all over the world. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my articles. What can I do to help you succeed? Judy Helm Wright, author and keynote speaker on family relationship issues http://www.ArtichokePress.com
   
Sep 18th 2010 at 8:59 PM by bmshepp
Hi Judy, this is true. I have a friend on facebook and there was a Bully harassing her. Even when she had unfriend him he was still sending her messages. I and other's told her to contact facebook and his account was deleted.
   
Sep 17th 2010 at 7:01 AM by TimRR
This is a super article...Very true, there are too many problems out there
   
Sep 16th 2010 at 3:54 PM by Ellen
Hi Judy, what a great article! It's got to be really tough on kids that are on the internet. I hope many of them read the great information you have given.
   
Sep 12th 2010 at 10:14 PM by ecco1729
Hi Judy, I am glad that my children have been spared such problems. It is also a problem in Denmark! - A well written article.
   
Sep 12th 2010 at 4:35 PM by contellmall
Judy! this is a very good subject to be broading. Many parents are not aware is going on, good job. Thanks!
   
Sep 12th 2010 at 1:18 PM by LindaFausset
Great article, nicely written and a subject that is so important. Thank you
   

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