Bullying for the 21st Century

by hplym1 on March 18, 2014 - 10:19pm

The article that I chose mainly focused on bullying in Irish school systems and how cyberbullying is a new obstacle for school management and conducted research on how they can begin to put policies in place to help prevent cyberbullying. The article mentions how since the 1970’s research data has been collected and since then there has been a lot of data taken in regards to individual differences and aggression held toward defining features and sub-types. More importantly this data is being used to determine methods on how to help get rid of bullying and even cyberbullying for good. The article also distinguishes the differences between “traditional” bullying and cyberbullying; traditional bullying has three signs or characteristics which are: the intent to cause harm, repetition of the behavior over an extended period of time, and an imbalance in power between the bully and the victim. However, cyberbullying is a little different because the act of the initial bullying may only happen once. For example, if the bully has an embarrassing picture of the victim and sends the picture to only one friend one time, and then that one friend sends to it another friend, and so on and so forth; the bully only received and sent the image once but there is a snowball effect that comes with cyberbullying and more often than not it is difficult to stop this can be seen as “repetition” in traditional bullying. The article emphasizes that it is important to understand the differences between traditional and cyberbullying and defines cyberbullying by “…any behavior performed through electronic or digital media by individuals or groups that repeatedly communicates hostile or aggressive messages intended to inflict harm or discomfort on others..”. The article then continues on to talk about how to “counter bullying and cyberbullying” by saying that the community as a whole (schools, teachers, parents, etc.) should have some sort of policy or rules in place to help prevent cyberbullying. The article also suggests that young children need to be taught how to deal with and avoid cyberbullying so that they are better prepared for if and when it happens to them. The research that the article offered in regards to putting policies in place/helping to prevent cyberbullying all together is slim, however this being said 285 school principals participated with the research and over 64% of the principals stated that they had received directions on how to deal with bullying from the Department of Education in Northern Ireland. Almost all of the principals reported the use of anti-bullying policy within their schools and was also a part of their discipline policy. An overwhelming 97.5% staff, 96% pupils, and 95% of parents had received information from their schools about anti-bullying policies and programs and an additional 98.6% of teaching staff and 64.2% of non-teaching staff had been directed to keep an eye out for bully behavior. The article concludes by saying that it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that cyberbullying is prevented as much as possible and in order to do so teachers, parents, children, and the schools need to put policies in place and need to work together so that eventually this idea can become a reality.

            I felt that this research article was refreshing and definitely researching in the right to direction and hopefully this research will help the education system in not only Ireland but around the world to really take cyberbullying seriously, as it is not just a problem in Ireland but a problem around the world because technology has that kind of power now. Cyberbullying is definitely a very real issue, and being someone who grew up with technology it is something that I myself witnessed during my later years of middle school and all through high school. My sister who is two years younger than myself experienced and witnessed cyberbullying much more than I did and because of this I can think it is an excellent idea to educate not only the school and the educators but the non-teaching staff, the parents, and the children as well. I think educating others is important because the school and employees need to know what to do when this is a problem they are faced with in the halls and the parents and the children need to know what to do if it happens to them or one of their friends when they are not in the safety of their school. I  appreciate how the article mentioned how cyberbullying is much different than traditional bullying and I think it is important to understand the difference between the two because in my opinion cyberbullying is worse because you can’t escape it. Where as in traditional bullying, although still unpleasant, for the most part it only really takes place in the school setting. Cyberbullying can happen anywhere at any time, for as long as the bully wants or even longer than what the bully may have intended because cyberbullying more often than not spreads like wild fire, especially if it is an embarrassing photo or video and because of that I think that puts cyberbullying in an entirely different category and I think it makes it a very big deal indeed. I think the best way to help fight back against cyberbullying is to educate the community starting with parents and children because once the parents learn the signs and understand the difficulty in being cyberbullied and that it is not as simple as just “putting the phone down” they will be able to better understand what their children are going through and in turn help their children. And once the children learn how “uncool” it is to cyberbully and what to do if they are bullied they will hopefully feel comfortable enough to seek out help or to build tougher skin so it won’t get through to them. I find it unsettling to know that only 64% of the principals received information on how to deal with bullying from sources higher up however, this being said I also find it comforting to know that if schools aren’t getting information from higher up they are still seeing the problem and they are taking these problems into their own hands (the 95, 96, and 97 percent of teachers, parents, and students who received information about cyberbullying). I think the main point of the article is that cyberbullying is not just the youth of today’s problem but it is all of our problem and our responsibility and if we all look at it in this manner I feel that cyberbullying will really begin to struggle instead of thrive. 

 

Citation:

Corcorana, L., & Mc Guckina, C. (2014). addressing bullying problems in irish schools and in cyberspace.a challenge for school management, 56(1), 48-64. Retrieved from http://uh4jc3de5m.search.serialssolutions.com/?genre=article&isbn=&issn=... Research&volume=56&issue=1&date=20140301&atitle=Addressing bullying problems in Irish schools and in cyberspace: a challenge for school management.&aulast=Corcoran, Lucie&spage=48&sid=EBSCO:Academic Search Complete&pid=

Comments

You are right, there is a big difference between “traditional” bullying and cyberbullying, but I am more focussing in the effects that those types of bullying cause to victims. You are talking about some solutions like to educate people about this problem or have the help of the police. It is causing too much pain and problems in the life of teens, in majority, that we need to some changes. I found an article that was linked to a site who is " providing information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents." It is explaining how teens are using technologies, today, and it is a good way to understand what is really cyberbullying. I think that this website is important for the society because like you said, people need to be educate and I think this is the best way to do it, by internet. It was really a good and interresting article because this problem needs to be solve; there are lives in danger because of those effects. If you want to see the website, just go to : http://cyberbullying.us/about-us/

Well written, and I agree on your standpoint of this issue. Cyber bullying is a severe problem all around the world and is different than traditional bullying, as you stated. Cyber bullying is extreme and can travel the world when it is happening, as appose to traditional face to face bullying which cannot. There are many solutions to bullying that need to be followed and put through in schools and elsewhere to improve such an issue. Bullying is way worst and severe now a days than it was in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the term bullying has changed and altered since then. Now a day if you write something on the internet or post a photo, you can get bullied from people around the world if they can see it on different social media sites, it’s quit sad and i find id become worst and worst of a problem. I recently read a new article that states that in Canada the rise of cyber bullying continues and is on the rise in Canadian universities. Its sad to see that such individuals haven't grown up and are continuing this problem even through university, it still shocks me and its quit sad.
Link to Article: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/cyberbullying-on-the-rise-at-canadian-unive...

The title of your post grabbed my attention, I think your post brings up a very important part to the new age of bullying – cyber bullying. This post hits close to home because I have been a victim of cyber bullying. I think it is important that more educators start to realize that there is a huge difference between traditional bullying and cyber-bullying. One of the major distinguishers is that one can never escape the effects of cyber-bullying. This is very detrimental to the mental health of young people. It is very hard for someone to go day-to-day always being constantly harassed even with the privacy of their own home. I also find it surprising that only 64% of principals received information on how to deal with bullying from higher up. I think there is good information in this post, but I would like to see it go further by exploring how many schools provide some sort of program that explains what cyber- bullying is and the detrimental affects it can cause to a young persons mental health. I think programs showing the affects on bullying to others mental health would greatly reduce the amount of bullying.

Great summary, and I agree with what you wrote. I do think that cyber bullying as become a serious threat nowadays with social media becoming so ever popular. I do think school boards should monitor social media to prevent cyber bullying from happening. High school is an important stage in a teenagers life because it’s a transition period from a kid to an adult, and during those five years (here in Montreal) or six we get to discover ourselves, our likes, and the person that we want to be. I don’t think that it is fair that people are degraded by others to the public because of who they are. We all have the right to live the lives we want, and be who we want!

In one of the articles that was written by a student in Klador’s class which is named Bullying 21st Century. The article talks about bullying and how bullying during the 21st century has changed a lot. In today’s society, there is many types of bullying such as cyberbulying which is bullying that is done on the internet. The article focuses more on the impact of bullying in Ireland. The article shows studies that were conduct among school principals and how they can take care of bulying. This article is very interesting because the author put a lot of research into it and has statistical facts. Overall, the article is very good, very well written. The only thing that I would change about the article is prbably finding facts from another country such as the United States and the impact of bullying. Maybe have a look at this case which could probably give another point of view. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/21/restraining-order-9-year-old_n_...

This article is very well written, it is clear and concise. This article reminds me of a particular story in the news in Montreal. It was written by an educator reporter for the major local newspaper “The Montreal Gazette”; it aims to take a different approach when it comes to cyber bullying because the author believes past efforts have been inefficient. Check it out! http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/approach+unmaking+school+bullies/948...

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