- Is it intentional? If it is cyber bullying, it has to be deliberate, meaning it was done on purpose and they meant to hurt the cyberbullying victim. Mr. Wilcox described how at our school, most people who hurt others online did not meant to do it on purpose.
- Is it constant? The term ‘bullying’ means that it has to be constant, which means the cyber bully must keep doing it for it to be actual cyberbullying. This makes it even rarer in our school, since after their first warning, they will almost always stop immediately. However, there may be more cyberbullying, it is just that some people may not report it.
- What is the advantage in power? By that, I mean where one person (the bully) has more power than another (victim). For example, if you are in the playground (as a grade 3), and a grade 7 bullies you, clearly the grade 7 has more “power” than you. For cyber bullying, the bully’s power is being anonymous.
Now that you have learnt some valuable information, start looking. Can you see any examples of cyberbullying anywhere? If so, how will you deal with it?