Say no to cyber mobbing

An act of cyber mobbing consists of intentionally insulting, threatening or harassing a person over a period of time by using online services.

Cyber mobbing is about:

  • spreading false information or rumors.
  • spreading and uploading embarrassing, adulterated or pornographic photos and videos.
  • offending, harassing, threatening or blackmailing via email, SMS, etc.

 

Who falls victim to cyber mobbing and why?

Especially children and teenagers are affected by cyber mobbing. It often starts (offline) in school, but most of the teenagers’ social interaction takes place online on the Internet. This is where they argue, discuss, connect and take risks – willingly or unknowingly. Some of the victims didn’t handle their passwords with care and got hacked, some of them just didn’t think about potential misuse or inappropriateness of a post, photo or video.

Who is committing cyber mobbing?

The offenders usually know the victim and use the anonymity of the Internet to hide their identity. Their motivation is mostly very selfish. Through mobbing and vilifying another person, the offenders aim at improving their own social status.

 

What to do in case my child is affected by cyber mobbing?

  • Discuss cyber mobbing with your child.
  • Safe evidence of cyber mobbing attacks (print screens, chats etc.).
  • Talk to the teacher or school administration about the cyber mobbing incident.
  • In case the attacks don’t stop despite the intervention in school, ask for help at official institutions (e.g. the center for victim aid or center for youth consultation).

 

How can I protect my child from cyber mobbing?

  • Support your child in acquiring media competence.
  • Talk about the chances and risks the internet holds.
  • Encourage your child to confide in you.
  • Don’t be afraid of talking about cyber mobbing.

 

 

 

You can find more information and tips on the website of the Swiss crime prevention office (SKPPSC):

https://www.skppsc.ch/de/themen/internet/cybermobbing/

 

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