What Is Cyber Bullying?

Cyber Bullying is an aggressive, intentional act that is carried out by one or several people, using electronic devices against a victim who cannot easily defend him or herself.

Some methods of cyber bullying include; phone calls, text messages, emails, instant messaging using text, picture or video and on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat etc.

The Department published new anti-bullying procedures for all primary and post primary schools at the beginning of the 2013/14 school year. They include specific requirements in relation to the use of prevention and education strategies and the consistent investigation, follow up and recording of bullying behaviour.

A very important element of the new procedures to help ensure greater transparency for parents and pupils is the requirement for schools to publish their anti-bullying policy on the school’s website and to provide it to the parents association.

What can I do to stay safe online?

It is important to know how to be safe when you are online, here are five tips to follow when using the internet!

What are some of the ways people are cyber bullied?
  1. Exclusion: Indirectly sending a hurtful message to the victim to let them know that they are not welcome to participate or attend a event.
  2. Flaming: Passionate online arguments often include vulgar language. Intended to assert power over the victim in a public forum.
  3. Exposure: Includes public display, posting/forwarding personal communication, images and video from bully to victim.
  4. Intimidation: Sending threatening messages via cyber means e.g
  5. Cyber-Harassment: Sending negative hurtful, pervasive, severe and persistent messages to someone.
  6. Phishing: Tricking, persuading and manipulating the victim to disclose financial information.
  7. Impersonation: Impersonating the victim and contacting the victim’s friends to damage the victims reputation.
  8. Denigration ‘dissing’: Spreading rumours, gossip online about someone else.
  9. Cyber-stalking: Includes threats of harm, intimidation and offensive comments.​

How can I prevent cyber bullying?
  • Refuse to pass on messages.
  • Reporting messages to moderators.
  • Providing support to the victim.
  • Blocking people who bully online.
  • Seek support from an adult or teacher.
  • ​Every social network is different but the easiest way to prevent bullying is to protect yourself online.
  • Change passwords at least every 3 months.
  • Have the highest security and privacy settings. Default settings are never good enough.