Topic 3 – Digital Security. CYBER BULLYING: is cyberbullying just an old problem with a new face?

Is your digital identity safe?

Is your digital identity safe?

This week I learned about Digital Security and looked at the topics of scams, identity theft, cyber bullying and Facebook. I decided to delve deeper into the world of cyber bullying, as this is an issue that has touched me personally.

Marilyn Campbell (2005) discusses technology, its benefits and disadvantages to young people today in her article ‘Cyber bullying: An old problem in a new guise?’

It is clear, technology has its place with infinite benefits across all spheres of life and particularly in education. However, cyberbullying is becoming a global problem with the instance of email, texting, chat rooms and social media becoming a means for young people to bully their peers at any time in any place.

Cyber bullying is not a new problem. However, it appears to have grown considerably with the rapid development and access to mobile technologies, with nearly 80% of teenagers in the United States having mobile phones (Hammond, 2013). Cyberbullying began in earnest with the onset of various social chat engines and networking sites such as MSN, MIRC and MySpace and has continued to grow with Facebook and other online social media and chat sites.

As Marilyn Campbell (2005) mentions, bullying is not new, it has been around for a very long time. However, digital and mobile technologies have given it a much larger platform.

Created by Gwen Berry

Infographic created using Microsoft Publisher by Gwen Berry

I can ensure my students are well-informed about the issues around Digital Security, have regular discussions and display information around the classroom. Have an open door policy where students are comfortable to come to me if they are having any concerns.

References

Abhilasha, Bhargav-Spantzel. (2007). Identity Management and Theft Protection. Retrieved from http://homes.cerias.purdue.edu/~bhargav/index.html

Campbell, M. (2005). Cyber bullying: An old problem in a new guise? Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling,15(1), pp. 68-76. Retrieved from http://eprints.qut.edu.au/1925/

Hammond, B. (2013). Nearly 80 percent of teens have cell phones; more likely than adults to use mobile Internet. Retrieved from http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2013/03/nearly_80_percent_of_teens_hav.html

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