Cyber Bullying
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What is Cyber Bullying?
“Cyber bullying is the use of modern communication technologies to embarrass, humiliate, threaten, or intimidate an individual in the attempt to gain power and control over them.”

“Cyber bullying is the use of information and communication technologies such as email, cell phone and pager text messages, instant messaging, defamatory personal Web sites, and defamatory online personal polling Web sites, to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others."

  • According to the National Crime Prevention Center, over 40% of all teenagers with Internet access have reported being bullied online during the past year.
  • 58% of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online.
  • 53% of kids admit having said something mean or hurtful to another person online.

How is Cyber Bullying an example of deviance?

  • The definition of deviance is " a behavior which violates the significant norms/expectations of a group."
  • Cyber bullying is an example of deviance because it violates the norms of how people are expected to treat one another as well as the expectations for what the internet is intended to be used for.

In an article by Guy Weaver, he points out that "Digital deviance has widespread prevalence in today’s society. Cyber-bullying is an offensive, destructive behavior infused with technological powers. Technology allows expedience in society, yet invokes deviant behaviors from behind closed doors. Technology, in all its great purposes, has guided deviance into a new heightened state."
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  • Stealing the name/password to a social networking site, then using their profile to post rumors, gossip or other damaging information.
  • Altering photos to humiliate the individual.
  • Recording conversations without the individual’s knowledge or consent, then posting the call online.
  • Creating mean online polls about the individual and posting them on different web sites.
  • Using web sites and blogs to post hurtful, embarrassing information about another individual.