Laws and policies on cyber bullying in the United Kingdom need to be stricter and more awareness need to happen.
London, UK (PRWEB) January 16, 2015
Cyberbullying is defined as any form of bullying that takes place with the use of electronic technology. Electronic technology is any device such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat forums or rooms, and websites. Today, NoBullying focuses on the status of Cyberbullying in the United Kingdom in a series of articles in the spotlight.
The methods of cyberbullying include bullying over direct messages which is more covert as it doesn’t look for audience to view or participate in the bullying episode. Another method of bullying online in the United Kingdom is identity theft or cyber attacks which involves the hacking of someone’s account and posting real or fake news or photos that the victims doesn’t want anyone to see.
Even with new help measures enforced by major social media networks, getting the account back is still proving to be a difficult endeavor. NoBullying stresses the importance of using hard to guess passwords in its guide titled “E Safety for the UK’s Children”, published on January 11th, 2015, it also encourages the importance of using different passwords for each website instead of one password for all accounts.
Another vicious method of bullying is spreading either unreal pieces of rumors or gossip or real confidential information that a person typically doesn’t want published, this method is quite familiar among teens.
When it comes to texting and sexting, NoBullying has published an article titled “Text Abbreviations For UK Teens” on January 11th, 2015. In this article, NoBullying mentions all the text abbreviations commonly used among teens and youths in order to help the not so “tech-savvy” parents understand the secret language their teens are using.
Another common form of online security hazards is what is called “Facebook stalking”, according to the article titled “The Nature of Facebook Stalking” published on January 8th, 2015, Facebook Stalking can result in restraining orders or more serious criminal charges. This is often something that is used by exes and other people that are serious about stalking but that do not want to do it in person. This is very dangerous because it can’t be easily traced or discovered and is now more common in the UK than physical stalking.
Ciaran Connolly, Co Founder of NoBullying says “There were so many victims of cyber bullying in the United Kingdom who lost their lives to suicide because they either couldn’t cope with bullying or found it very hard to tell their loved ones what they were going through. Laws and policies on cyber bullying in the United Kingdom need to be stricter and more awareness need to happen.”
He added that parents and teachers should make a point to educate the younger generations about the sad outcome of neglecting online safety and photos safety. According to Connolly, it is quite imperative to press for more firm laws condemning all acts of bullying and harassment.
NoBullying.com features many pages dedicated to parents, teens, teachers, health professionals as well as posts related to cyber safety and the latest news about law making concerning curbing Bullying worldwide as well as inspirational Bullying Poems and famous Bullying Quotes.
The website regularly updates its bullying statistics and cyber bullying statistics as it is essential to understand how widespread the bullying epidemic is. It also regularly runs cyber bullying surveys and questionnaires to get recent updated statistics on everything related to cyberbullying.
He also added that anyone suffering from bullying in any form or way can always find advice and help on the NoBullying website – but if anyone is suffering from severe bullying or cyber bullying, the best thing is to talk to someone locally – a parent, teacher or local organization that has been set up to help with specialized councilors to deal with this topic.