Different types of cyber bullying
Harassment: Involves the bully sending offensive messages to an individual or a group and has repeated this multiple times. Cyber stalking is one form of harassment that involves continual threatening and rude messages which can lead to physical harassment in the offline world.
Flaming: flaming is similar to harassment but it refers to an online fight exchanged via emails, instant messaging or chat groups. It is a type of public bullying that often directs hash language or images to a specific person.
Exclusion: exclusion is the act of intentionally singling out and leaving a person out from an online group such as chats and sites. The group then subsequently leave rude comments and harass the one they singled out.
Outing: outing is when a bully shares personal or private information, pictures or videos about someone publicly. A person is "outed" when his or her information has been spread throughout the internet.
Masquerading: masquerading is a situation where a bully creates a fake identity to harass someone anonymously. In addition to creating a fake identity, the bully can impersonate someone to send malicious messages to the victim.
8 step guide if you are being cyber bullied:
Tell your parents, teacher or other trusted adult.
2. Save and store the emails, chat logs or SMS’s in case of Police investigation.
3. Block and delete the bully from all contact lists.
4. Do not respond to nasty emails, chats, SMS or comments.
5. Use the ‘report abuse’ button which all websites/applications have.
6. Have some ‘down time’ without computer or mobile. Give yourself some time away from technology just for a break.
7. If the bullying continues – delete your current email, msn, hotmail etc and start a new account. Only give your new details to a small list of trusted friends.
8. If the bullying continues get mum or dad to report the bullying to the Police. Each state has laws that prohibit online bullying and stalking. You don’t have to put up with it.
Here are a few phone numbers you can call if you need to talk to someone about your problems:
Kids Helpline is a free 24-hour counselling service for Australian kids and young people aged 5-25 years old going through some tough times. Their contact number is 1800 551 800 and school staff can give this number to students who wish to access counselling support via the phone, email or online.
The Suicide Call Back Service is a confidential 24-hour crisis support line available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can call the Suicide Call Back Service if you or someone you know is at risk of suicide, if you have been affected by suicide, or if you are supporting people who have been affected by suicide. The Suicide Call Back Service gives you access to immediate telephone and online counselling and up to six further telephone counselling sessions. The suicide call back service's number is 131114.
Depending on the acts of the bully, there can be legal consequences. According to iKeepSafe.org, both civil lawsuits and criminal charges can be brought against the bullies. These charges can include acts of harassment, intentional infliction of emotional pain and negligence.