Cyber bullying (The Oxford English Dictionary Definition)
Cyberbullying (noun): The use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature: children may be reluctant to admit to being the victims of cyberbullying. It can be perpetrated by individuals or a group of people and often (but not exclusively) involves teenage and pre-teen age groups.
- 90% of young victims do not inform adults of online bullying issues
- Girls are twice as likely to experience cyberbullying
- Over 40% of all UK High School children have been bullied online and 1 in 4 have suffered repeated incidents
- Cyberbullying can lead to depression, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, self-harming, social isolation and, in the worst cases suicide
Homophobic bullying describes when someone is bullied because they are lesbian, gay or bisexual, or because people think they are lesbian gay or bisexual.
- Almost two thirds (65%) of young gay people have been the victim of homophobic bullying in school. 98% of students hear phrases like ‘that’s so gay’ regularly in school.
- 7 out of 10 students who suffer homophobic bullying say it affects their school work. Half of students who have suffered homophobic bullying have skipped school because of it. Over 60% of lesbian, gay and bisexual students say they don’t have an adult at home or at school that they can talk to about their sexual orientation.
E posts or electronic posts relate to any method used to add data to cyberspace. This includes text messages, posts online, images uploaded to social media, audio and video similarly uploaded or sent to others.
Risks with E posts
Once you have e posted you have no control over what happens next.
It is best to think about the possible consequences for sending inappropriate or offensive e-posts before hitting “Send”.
This could include:
- Damage to reputation – spiteful things written about others
- Impact on employment opportunities – employers frequently check social media before offering employment
- Arrest- some e-posts are against the law
- Court case- you may have to attend court
- Criminal record– if convicted you could get a criminal record
- Imprisonment– you could be sent to prison
- Being added to the sex offender register – some images shared are sex crimes
- Restrictions on work- some convictions bar you from education and security jobs
- Travel restrictions- some convictions prevent you entering some countries
- Civil proceedings- you could be sued if you post things that are not true
- Significant financial loss– civil proceedings are very expensive
Your digital footprint is everything that shows up when people search for you online. From images to comments and blog posts, this collective first impression can make or break your online reputation.
5 tips for making sure your online presence reflects well on you.
- Check your privacy settings
- Search yourself
- Revise your personal blogs/tweets/updates etc.
- Delete abandoned social media accounts
- Think before you post
How to clean up your digital footprint and your online identity :
Dedicated sites for dating are aimed at people aged 18 years and over, therefore be extremely wary of any site that claim to match anyone below 18 with others of that age.
It is important to understand that messages received via any social media including games and the internet may not be genuine. Often, they are fake identities with fake images that attempt to chat or message.
Even if the identities are real, if you do not know the sender, “Why are they contacting you?”
Be careful not to reveal personal information, images or your location.
Do your best to understand the security settings on social media, games and other e systems
Some useful privacy links:
LGBT E Safety Manual (PDF 1,308 KB)
Gay Let’s get over it poster (PDF 756 KB) -(Stonewall poster campaign)
How to chat on webcam with confidence (PDF 505 KB)