Physical and Virtual Bullying—What’s The Difference?

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Research from University of British Columbia evaluating the cyber bullying with the conventional bullying discovers that the dynamics of online bullying are dissimilar, recommending that the program of anti-bullying requires particular interventions to aim the online aggression. There are presently numerous programs which are aimed at decreasing bullying in schools and the researcher considers that there is a postulation that these programs deal with bullying and cyber bullying both. This was reported by the assistant professor Jennifer Shapka who is also presenting the research at AERA in Vancouver.

The dissimilarity in online bullying:

What we see is that the kids do not equate traditional bullying with cyber bullying. Like, we should not suppose that the present interventions shall be relevant to aggression which is taking place online. Shapka’s research engaged 17000 youth from grades 8 -12 and a following research which engaged 733 students aging 10-18 years. The findings of the study displayed that nearly 25-30% of individuals say that they have faced or participated in cyber-bullying when evaluated against 12% of the individuals who say they have faced and participated in the school bullying.

But the teenagers say that around 95% of the bullying takes place online as joke and just 5% is planned to harm. It is very transparent that teenagers are underestimating the level of damage linked with cyber bullying. As per the research, the results recommend that in cyber bullying, the youth play an important role – victims, bullies and witnesses and downplay the influence of it. This demonstrates that the prevention programme and the present education are not going to affect cyber bullying. The youth must be educated that this bullying behavior has serious outcomes and hence must not be taken as a joke.



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