Does your child use Google Video or YouTube? Most kids do and they are places that they can see videos ranging between funny and educational. While those are great things for anyone to watch, there is a darker side to these places. There is a growing trend online that you may not have heard about yet and that is because it is relatively new.
Video bullying is a new twist to the cyber bullies game.
This is a more serious form and it is not only humiliating, it can be physically violent.
A child attends the same school as the bully. The bully has a friend video tape a fist fight with a person they do not like and they upload that video to YouTube or Google video. Then after the video the cyber bully has taken is live and public they will email, start a thread in a message board, or even call people to let them watch it.
This form of bullying is so new that it does not really have a name yet, so we are going to call it video bullying.
Any parent should be aware that this is a rising trend among children and video taping a violent fight is real, but this also can open the door to other types of video bullying.
It can range from video taping the outside of the victims house and uploading it. Showing videos that may be of personal nature to the world and so on. You can clearly see how this can be a terrorizing issue.
In many cases if you talk to the bullies’ parents about what is happening, the issue will resolve itself, but if necessary you will have the ability to print out the recorded events and provide them to your local law enforcement agency, or your child’s school guidance counselor.
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Is online bullying fun?
Cyber bullying may seem like a fun thing for the person that is doing the bullying, but this most likely leaves the victim feeling isolated and depressed. As a parent you need to take every possible action to prevent this kind of behavior affecting your child’s life.
Is cyber bullying a group effort?
In many instances cyber bullying can be a group effort. It may be initiated by one person, but before too long there are others that take it upon themselves to intimidate the victim. This can often leave a child feeling very "small" when a group of bullies are on the prowl.
Learn what to do
With proper planning, talking to your children about cyber bullying is not as difficult as you may think. In fact, taking the first steps to resolving or discovering this kind of activity will diminish the chances that they will encounter it in the first place.
"When bullying is done over the Internet you think you can get away with it because you don't see the emotional reaction as if it were done face to face. You don't see the person crying and being upset. So it is much easier to be more mean and hurtful. When I received those e-mails It took me long to recover but thank to my Mom who found out right on time I'm back to being my self."
- Victim of Cyber Bullying