The term “ Cyberbullying ” corresponds to the practices of moral aggression organized by groups, against a certain person and fed via the internet.
In other words, cyberbullying is bullying that corresponds to the manifestation of hostile practices (via information technologies). This virtual bullying is meant to ridicule, harass and / or persecute someone in an exaggerated manner.
With the increasing use of social networks, this type of discriminatory and vexatious practice has increased considerably in recent years, especially among young people.
Features and Consequences
Virtual communities, e-mails, social networks, blogs and mobile phones are ways for young people to live together. In these ways, they publicly expose themselves, make friends and share ideas.
The “cyberbullying” is virtual violence that often occurs with the shy and defenseless people, or simply not to fall in sympathy of tyrants.
Surveys reveal daunting data about attacks over the Internet, where one in ten young people has already suffered a cyber attack.
Typically, perpetrators create a fake profile on the internet in order to intimidate and ridicule their victim, which is done through montage of pornographic photos with the attacker’s face, for example. The person who commits cyberbullying is called a “cyberbullie“.
Importantly, cyberbullying can have drastic consequences, such as the death or suicide of someone.
This occurs in greater numbers among young people, who have great difficulties in dealing with problems. Thus, they isolate themselves, go into depression, and in some cases need psychological support.
Among adolescents, youth and students, these conflicts are common and part of the affirmation of identity. Research shows that among adolescents, this type of practice is more common in girls.
Unfortunately, using the internet to organize attacks on people’s honor has been a very common practice. These actions have caused great damage to the assaulted person’s life.
So many people face the consequences of pages titled “I Hate So-and-So,” where the victim, mostly minority groups (women, blacks, homosexuals, etc.), becomes the target of all kinds of insults.
How to avoid Cyberbullying?
To avoid the danger of youth manipulation on the internet, parental guidance and vigilance becomes very important. This prevents them from falling prey to bullies who seek easy targets to practice their tyrannies.
Some simple practices should be observed, including:
- Instruct them not to accept invitations from strangers on social networks;
- Immediately report to parents if you are a victim of online aggression and report it to the site;
- Avoid exposing personal photos and videos on the network that could be used for malicious montages;
- Install programs that control access to certain websites;
- Monitor websites accessed through browser history;
- Say that by posting aggressive comments or emails on the network, the person responsible may be held liable.
Bullying vs. Cyberbullying
The “bullying” (tyrant, crude) describes the aggressions committed continuously to people who, according to the perpetrators do not fit the “normal” standards.
“Cyberbullying” or “virtual bullying” is the version of the same phenomenon that has extended to social networks.
The film Cyberbully (2011) calls attention to the issue and the suffering of victims
Given the proliferation of cyber attacks, many filmmakers are betting on addressing the topic of cyberbullying and bringing up this discussion. Check out some of our suggestions below:
- Cyberbullying: Girl Out of the Game (2005): American production directed by Tom McLoughlin.
- The Best Things in the World (2010): Brazilian production directed by Laís Bodansky.
- Cyberbully (2011): US production directed by Charles Binamé.
- Cyberbully (2015): British production directed by Ben Chanan.