Whether in school, at the park or on the internet, our programmes are designed to help young people stop bullying and cyber bullying.
Cyber bullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like mobile phones, computers, and tablets. Cyber bullying can occur through text messages, apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content.
It includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. Some cyber bullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behaviour.
Any form of bullying can be harmful to a young person, Life Skills Education's DARE Primary Programme discusses these issues with young people in the context of hate crime, difference and self esteem. At the end of the course the children write a DARE report in which they can reflect on what they have learned. This is often completed as part of a literacy lesson, with the class teacher.
While the emotional aspects of bullying continue to be devastating, the internet and social media have changed the way children experience bullying. It has changed as the digital world encourages more children to take to social media and anonymous messaging apps to share their experiences and manage relationships.
Why is cyberbullying different from face-to-face bullying? One of the biggest differences between cyberbullying and face-to-face bullying is that it can be hard to get away from. Young people could be bullied anywhere, anytime – even when they’re at home.
Some of the most common cyberbullying tactics include:
See advice on a range of online issues that your child may face to help them enjoy the digital world safely and smartly.
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