Cyber-bullying is defined as threats or other offensive behavior sent through an electronic means (online, email, IM, phone text, etc.) to a victim or sent or posted about the victim for others to see. It can take the form of a message on email or IM or a social networking site from someone who is threatening to hurt you or beat you up. It might be rumors posted on your profile or spread online for others to see. It might be the deletion of you on a friend's "buddy list" to make you feel left out. It could be a profile made by someone pretending to be you. Or, someone hacking into your profile and writing comments pretending they're from you. In general, cyber-bullying is bullying or harassing that happens online. Much of it is similar to what teenagers experience offline in schools, homes, or the community, but has the additional aspect of utilizing technology.
Definition of Bullying
"Bullying" means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communication made in writing or by means of an electronic act, and including one or more acts committed by a pupil or group of pupils as defined in Education Code Section 48900.2 (sexual harassment), 48900.3 (hate violence), or 48900.4 (harassment, threats, or intimidation towards school employees), directed toward one or more pupils that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:
1. Placing a reasonable pupil or pupils in fear of harm to that pupil's or those pupils' person or property.
2. Causing a reasonable pupil to experience a substantially detrimental effect on his or her physical or mental health.
3. Causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with his or her academic performance. 4. Causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with his or her ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
What Does This Mean?
Bullying is a form of emotional or physical abuse that has three defining characteristics:
1. Deliberate - a bully's intention is to hurt someone
2. Repeated - a bully often targets the same victim again and again
3. Power Imbalanced - a bully chooses victims he or she perceives as vulnerable
Bullying occurs in many different forms, with varying levels of severity. It may involve:
• Physical Bullying - poking, pushing, hitting, kicking, beating up
• Verbal Bullying - yelling, teasing, name-calling, insulting, threatening to harm
• Indirect Bullying - spreading rumors, telling lies, getting others to hurt someone
Last updated: 9/27/2012 8:40:02 AM