Cyberbullying can be defined as “using technology to deliberately and repeatedly bully someone” (Cybersmart, 2014). Cyberbullying can occur via any digital device including texts, emails, websites, social media sites, chat sites and blogs. According to research reported by Kids Helpline the most typical types of bullying include “name calling, abusive comments, spreading rumours, threats of physical harm, being ignored or excluded, having opinions slammed, online impersonation and being sent rude or upsetting images” (Kids Helpline, 2011). Children cyberbullies tend to focus on the appearance, relationships and behaviour of others, particular those who don’t fit into perceived norms (Kids Helpline, 2011).
I found the issues related to cyberbullying complex and the effects harmful. As an extension of traditional bullying it is a tool that can access the intended recipient day and night. Children’s schoolwork can suffer, they can feel socially isolated, have low self-esteem, depression and sadly even suicide (Kids Helpline, 2011).
As a teacher I would introduce a variety of activities to educate students about cyberbullying such as games, videos and creative projects. I would regularly reinforce and promote good technology rules to embed in children’s minds the importance of their own digital security. I would encourage parents to play an active role in their children’s cybersafety. Many resources are available to provide information and support to all to help change the online future environment of cyberbullying. I support the cybersmart tag line of “talk, report and support” (Cybersmart, 2014).