Sticks and stone may break my bones but words will never hurt me...
of students will experience some sort of cyberbullying in their lifetime.
Bullying is something that can happen worldwide, through all stages of the human development, however since the 21st century now revolves around technologies and the internet, a new platform is created for cyberbullying (Moreno, 2014).
"an aggressive, intentional act or behaviour that is carried out by a group or an individual, using electronic forms of contact, repeatedly and over time against a victim who cannot easily defend themselves"
What is Cyberbullying?
Typical Cyberbullying Methods
(Rogers, 2010; Olweus and Limber, 2018).
Forms of Cyberbullying
Aggressive or abusive arguments online via electronic messaging.
Constant and repetitive messages with an abusive, insulting or unwanted nature.
Damaging an individuals reputation or relationships by spreading rumours, gossip or lies.
Purposely leaving someone from a group created online.
Posing as someone else while sharing and sending things.
Sharing information about others online without their consent.
Encouraging someone to reveal their secrets or personal information then publishing it online.
Constant and intense harassment, threatening or fearful behaviour online.
Cyberbullying is so harmful to an individual because the victim(s) can never get away from the negative treatment, especially due to the easy access to digital mobile devices and everyone being connected (Healey, 2011).
ADOLESCENTS CONNECTED TO INTERNET
Impacts of Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying affects an individual's mental health and they have tendencies to internalise their issues or feelings (disorders, loneliness, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, behavioural issues and other symptoms) (Nixon, 2014).
These factors have been referred to as the psychosocial and academic effects of cyberbullying by Mishna, Saini, and Solomon (2009) in Elçi and Seçkin (2019). Due to these dangerous effects of cyberbullying, students, school staff, educators, supervisors and families or carers need to play a part in creating awareness of cyberbullying and how to reduce it from happening (Elçi and Seçkin, 2019).