vexxxboy: im sorry but could someone explain to me how someone can get cyber bullied if they dont want to be, if it starts isn't just easy to delete your account , change your number/ email and start a new persona. Why let it carry on enough that you are seriously thinking of suicide. I would have thought bullying at school is a lot more insidious and no one seems to care about that to the extent of making it a serious criminal act.
Broadly speaking, a person in the school yard can get bullied by five people before school starts during breaks and after school. Its generally in one place – like behind the bike shed. There’s a remote chance someone might step in between the bully and victim.
Cyber bullying, on the other hand can start at 6.00am, go continuously through the day through to 2.00am. It can be via phone, facebook, gmail etc so multi points of simultaneous attack. And the number of bullies can increase exponentially. It starts as one person, then five of their “friends” join in, and then five of their Friends etc until a person is bombarded with hundreds of faceless bullying texts and emails etc pretty much anytime of day, any place with no one around to step in. A bullied person can try and hide by opening up a new account or changing phone number but the hiding place takes no time to find and within moments the bullies are at it again.
A radical legislative suggestion which is totally impracticable is to require the bullied to bin all electronic devices and start communicating verbally.
People just don’t seem to be grasping how they are opening up massive vulnerabilities by using electronic media. And its not just the young. There was an old fulla who was fired (successfully) after posting happy photos of himself at some event when he was supposed to be off sick.