Cyber bullying occurs when the internet or mobile phones are used to send mean and threatening messages in a deliberate, repeated and hostile manner. Cyberbullying has been a major concern in Brunei, as it is common for people to vent their anger or frustration though social networks. Most cyber bullies are motivated by jealousy, anger, revenge or frustration. Many do it for their own entertainment or to get a reaction.
What are the signs of cyber bullying?
- Threatening, intimidating, harassing or causing embarrassment through social networks, SMS, emails, blogs or instant messaging.
- Deliberately spreading false rumours about another person through social networking sites, emails or text messages.
- Spreading embarrassing photos or videos and posting it up on social networks such as Facebook or YouTube.
- Hacking someone’s email or social network account to send embarrassing or humiliating content.
- In online gaming, ganging up on a player using the chat feature either through text or voice chat.
If you are being cyber bullied:
- Do not react to a bully. It might only motivate them more.
- Do not reply to any messages from a bully.
- If you are being cyber bullied by someone on a social network, you can “block” or “unfriend” them.
- If you are being cyber bullied by phone, you could change your phone number.
- Do not delete messages from a bully. They can serve as evidence when you lodge a report about the bullying.
- Report the bullying to your parents, a teacher or even to the police.
- Many social networking sites allow users to report cyber bullying. For example, you can report bullying on Facebook’s Help Center.