Cyber Bullying

“Cyberbullying is bullying. It’s using the internet, a mobile phone or other technology like a digital camera to hurt somebody, harass or embarrass them. Children grow up today with access to more and more technology, quickly adapting to new ways of communicating and often use the internet and mobiles phones as the main way to reach friends 24/7. This access to technology also means that bullying can happen outside school wherever and however a child communicates with friends ‐ on websites, online chat and on their mobile phone.”

“Evidence has shown us that female students try and hide cyberbullying from teachers and they are usually only used by young people as a last resort, or when the situation seems very problematic or dangerous. As a teacher, if you notice a behavioural change in your student and identify that they are the target of bullying, it is highly likely that there will be some awful cyber comments being directed at them. Never ignore your intuition or gut feeling.”

“Nearly 99% of all the students reported using the internet and/or mobile phones at least three or more times a week. The internet and mobile phones are now a normal part of NZ young people’s lives. Around a third of students experienced a distressing challenge online or on mobile phones in the past year.”

Netsafe Tip for teachers and students:
  • Don’t assume:Its just kids these days and it’s how they communicate
  • It’s how they use the app and nothing you can do
  • Just ignore it and it will
  • If the bully is blocked they won’t bother you anymore
  • If you switch off your account the bullying stops
  • That there is an equal blame to cyber bullying.
  • If a student is the target, they haven’t cyber bullied other students in the past
  • Once it’s deleted, it will go away
Our goal is to work with students, teachers and professional organisations to provide helpful information and realistic solutions for our youth.