This definition stresses the intentionality by the author of the aggressions, in order to provoke physical or psychological harm in victims. Moreover, the difference between ordinary disputes among children and acts of bullying consists also of the repetition over time and of the imbalance of power between the bully and the victim, with the affirmation of the supremacy of the bully on the victim in terms of age, physical strength, etc. Cullingford and Morrison, Different kind of Bullying Sharp and Smith highlight the following forms of bullying according to the type and intensity of the aggressive behaviour:
In doing so, I will attempt to establish whether cyberbullying is more of a threat than traditional forms of bullying If you are affected by bullying online explore the Cyberbullying Help Centre and Total Access Support service for the various ways Cybersmile can help you.
The impact of cyberbullying divides public opinion. Slonje Traditional bullying Smith surveyed adolescents aged between years of age to examine the nature and extent of cyberbullying in Swedish schools. So which viewpoint is more persuasive? In what ways could cyberbullying be viewed as more or less of a threat than traditional forms of bullying?
Anonymity, impersonation and decreased fear of being caught Cyberbullying differs from traditional forms of bullying in that the identity Traditional bullying the perpetrator is often hidden from the victim by creating a false identity often by means of a false email account and social networking profile.
Lack of supervision This is a unique feature of cyberbullying which has worrying consequences for the victim.
Although social networking sites and chatrooms are making some effort in regard to security and protection of their members by policing potentially offensive conversations and making it easier to report abuse online, it is unclear how effective these measures are in reducing the effects of cyberbullying on victims.
Furthermore, email communication and text messages are difficult to monitor. Alongside this, many young people have computers in their bedrooms with the potential to hide their behaviour from parents or siblings, which may worsen their behaviour. Victims feel imprisoned in their own homes Unlike victims of traditional forms of bullying who are able to escape from the torments of the face-to-face bully once they are at home, cyberbullying victims do not have that option.
Cyberbullying is an extension of traditional bullying This argument follows that cyberbullying is related to traditional face-to face bullying because often victims of cyberbullying are also victims of traditional bullying. Similarly, cyberbullies are often bullies in the physical world too.
However, whilst the overlap between cyberbullying and traditional bullying exists, academics warn that the overlap is small and that cyberbullying can be differentiated from traditional bullying in a number of ways as discussed in the previous section.
Harm Some forms of cyberbullying are said to have an equal impact on victims of traditional bullying and some forms of cyberbullying are considered to be less harmful than forms of traditional bullying.
Therefore cyberbullying is not considered to be more of a threat. Smith and others found that bullying via text and social networking sites was of equal impact to traditional bullying, whilst bullying via email, chatroom or instant messaging were thought to have a lesser impact than traditional forms of bullying.
Research by Ortega and others found that cyberbullying victims were not that concerned about their harassment. Interestingly, they also found that cyberbullying victims reported fewer negative emotions than victims of traditional bullying. Whilst scholars such as Patchin and Hinduja maintain that this argument holds some truth, they are not entirely convinced by it.
I, too share some reservations as it ignores the fact that victims of traditional bullying can escape the harassment whilst they are at home, which cyberbullying victims cannot.
Also, I think there is a misguided belief in the argument that by deleting the email, message, text, the victim is psychologically able to eradicate or ignore the abuse and so the impact is lesser. To summarise, I believe that the first argument is the most convincing of the two arguments in this blog post- that cyberbullying is more of a threat than traditional bullying.
For example, the anonymity of cyberbullies is concerning for victims because it is likely to worsen their behaviour as they do not fear punishment.Although similar to “traditional” bullying in terms of form and technique, cyberbullying is immensely different from “old school” bullying and can be even more devastating.
For starters, victims in many cases do not know who the bully is, or why they are being bullied. Cyberbullies hide behind a computer screen and maybe even behind a false identity .
Why do we see more stories of online bullying happen online nowadays. It's partly because there are some key differences between cyber bullying and traditional bullying. The study compared levels of depression among bullies, victims and bully-victims of traditional (physical, verbal and relational) and cyber bullying, and examined the association between depression and frequency of involvement in each form of bullying.
A U.S. nationally-representative sample of. Cyberbullying is different from traditional bullying because people can use the disguise of “anonymity” to harass their victims.
One needs only a valid e-mail address to create or participate in groups online, so it is very easy set up “fake” accounts and bully anonymously.
Traditional bullying is worse than cyber bullying, even though cyber bullying is the newest version of bullying. First, kids have a better chance of getting bullied by traditional bullies than cyber bullies. Traditional Bullying in Missouri. A majority (%) of youth in Missouri reported making fun of other people and % reported doing this 40 or more times in the past three months (Missouri Department of Mental Health, ).