By Judith Gulan
Cyber bullying, an ever-increasing deadly trend introduced by the Internet era, is becoming an epidemic in our society today. Educators and parents alike need to come together to raise awareness amongst our youth of the consequences of this dangerous trend.
Cyber bullying takes on many forms and can affect people of all ages. A very common form affects school-aged children and occurs when he or she is “…tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones.”
The severity that the bullying takes on is only limited to the attackers’ imagination and the resources that are available to them. As a result, the bullying that once occurred solely on school grounds, is now following students home.
Children no longer have a safe haven, because access to the Internet or phone messaging is readily available and direct. Forms of cyber bullying include but are not limited to: stealing passwords, sending pictures through email or text message, creating malicious websites, blogs and internet polls, and sending harassing instant messages or text messages.