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The PLEA: Cyberbullying

The PLEA: Cyberbullying

What is Bullying?

“Cyberbullying can happen at any time. People can hide behind their computers and say hurtful things about others. This makes it hard to know who the bully is and makes it difficult to stop them.”

- Affleck & Barrison LLP

We all have a general idea of what bullying is. Threatening someone can be bullying. Pressuring someone
to do something they don’t want to do can be bullying. Humiliating someone can be bullying. Excluding
someone can be bullying.

According to The Red Cross, bullying typically is:

  • WILLFUL - the behaviour is deliberate
  • REPEATED - the behaviour happens more than once
  • HARMFUL - the victim of the bullying experiences some sort of harm

As well, bullying often will involve a power imbalance: bigger against smaller, or groups against an individual.

Bullying hurts. It hurts the person being bullied, and it hurts the person doing the bullying too. There is no need for it.

Unfortunately, bullying is universal. It can happen to people of all ages, in any place in the world. Bullying can happen at schools, in clubs, in teams, at businesses,
and even within families.

Why do people cyberbully?

Cyberbullying could be unintentional. But it also could be more intentional, a result of:

  • desiring popularity
  • wanting to feel more powerful
  • difficulties with empathy
  • sense of belonging to a group
  • a misplaced release of anger

Joking vs. Bullying

  • Does it upset or hurt you? If so, this is bullying.
  • Did the bully continue after being asked to stop? If so, this is bullying.
  • Is it repeated behaviour? If so, this is bullying.

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