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Cyberbullying is not OK

The Challenge

Cyberbullying stops once society says that bullying is not OK.

Young people dying from suicide as a result of cyberbullying. How do we determine who will be impacted by cyberbullying? How do we identify those young people who will be more susceptible.

An increasing number of young people taking their lives unnecessarily - why?

If we can pinpoint people beforehand we can put support in place to prevent this happening.

We're using the Mindhive platform to seek out a set of disruptive ideas to think about. A combination of ideas as a whole as opposed to looking at different bits of the problem/issue.

 

 

Challenge Opened: 02:02 AM, Monday 23 April 2018
Challenge Closes: 02:30 AM, Thursday 03 May 2018
Time to go: Closed

 

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The context

Cyber bullying Statistics Australia

More than half the Australian kids between the ages of 12 and 17 surveyed in one study said they regularly worry that someone will hack into their profile page on a social networking site. More than one-third worry about what potential bullies and other people know about them from their social network pages, and 40 percent worry about getting more intimidating messages that will cause them to become upset. Kids who are cyberbullied don’t even feel safe in their own homes because they can receive upsetting messages wherever they are.

Recent studies on cyberbullying cases australia find that 1 in every 10 kids have been bullied online. And 84 percent of the kids who were bullied online were also bullied offline, so addressing both forms of bullying together makes sense.

In Australian schools, a study commissioned by the federal government found that one student in every four has been bullied either online and offline. These studies show that girls are more often victims of cyberbullying and traditional bullying than boys, according to a study by Murdock Children’s Research Institute.

The Australian Journal of Education reported the findings of the Australian Covert Bullying Prevalence Study which shows that more than one-fourth (27 percent) of Australian school kids ages 8 to 14 years old reported being bullied frequently. This study focused primarily on discovering whether bullying was clustered in different schools based on school cultures or other factors. Findings suggest that bullying behavior exists at essentially the same levels throughout Australian schools.

One survey found that one-fourth of the time kids who say they engage in cyberbullying target people they don’t even know, but most victims claim they know the bullies who target them and even once considered them friends. The Cyberbullying Research Center in the U.S. says cell phones are the most common medium used by cyberbullies because 80 percent of teens have them.

Surveys conducted by the Cyberbullying Research Center also found that 50 percent of kids have been cyberbullied in some way and between 10 and 20 percent are subjected to cyberbullying on a regular basis. It affects all races. The most common form that cyberbullying takes, according to the surveys, is spreading rumors about the victim that are particularly cruel, intended to be hurtful, and are often untrue. Most victims of cyberbullying have low self-esteem and have suicidal thoughts. Girls engage in cyberbullying as often as boys, and are more likely to be cyberbully victims. In fact, 64 percent of girls surveyed have been cyberbullied. But while boys are cyberbullied less, those who are targeted by cyberbullies are threatened with physical harm more often than girls.

Cyber bullying statistics Australia do not reflect the true depth of the problem, however, since they only take into account cyberbullying incidents that are reported. One American study reported on in the Journal of School Health states that 90 percent of cyberbully victims have never told an adult they were bullied online.

Boys Town in Australia conducted a study in 2009 of 548 kids who said they had been cyberbully victims, ranging in age from 5 to 25 years old. Just under half – 49 percent – were cyberbullied when they were 10 to 12 years old, while 52 percent between the ages of 13 and 14 were targeted, and one-third of the kids between the ages of 15 and 16, were cyberbullied. The vast majority of the participants in the Boys Town study, which was ultimately published in 2010, were female, which comprised 447 of the 548 kids, with boys accounting for only 101 of the study’s participants.

This study found that cyberbullies verbally attacked their prey via email, in online chat rooms, on social networking sites and on mobile phones. This study also found that the most common form of abuse took the form of name calling, spreading rumors, and making abusive comments. Other forms the bullying took were threats of physical harm, being ignored or excluded from group activities or socializing, slamming the victim’s opinions, impersonating the victim online, sending or posting photographs that were upsetting to the victim, and a final category of other instances that were least common. Boys Town created a chart to go along with its study that breaks down each of these forms of abuse according to age groups.

Emotional responses of those victimized by cyberbullies included sadness, anger, embarrassment, frustration and fear, with sadness and anger at the top. Online interventions were found to be the most effective ways to cope with cyberbullying, with blocking the bully being the most effective strategy. More than 75 percent of the Boys Town kids studied tried online interventions including blocking, unfriending the cyberbully, and changing information and access to their own account. Some kids tried telling an adult, confronting the bully, telling their friends, stopped looking at the site, on which they were being bullied, stayed offline entirely, did nothing, and others took the opposite approach by retaliating against the cyberbully using some of the bully’s own tactics against him.

Also, interestingly, even though most victims of cyberbullying rarely resort to telling an adult, that strategy was rated as high as blocking in the degree of helpfulness achieved at 76 percent. Next was telling a friend at 68.5 percent.

All the studies and their cyber bullying statistics Australia illustrate the traumatic impact of cyberbullying on both the bullies (because many end up as criminals) and the victims, who sometimes are affected so much they go so far as to die from suicide. These findings show the harm that could be irreparable if cyberbullying is not taken seriously enough.

Reference: https://nobullying.com/cyber-bullying-statistics-australia-the-ultimate-guide/

How much of an impact would the physiological changes that occur in a teenage brain have on suicide as a result of cyberbullying? 

Challenge Opened: 02:02 AM, Monday 23 April 2018
Challenge Closes: 02:30 AM, Thursday 03 May 2018
Time to go: Closed

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Thought Leader

Bruce Muirhead Chief Executive Officer
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Professor Stephen Winn Professor, Head of School , Teacher Education and Early Childhood
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Peter Grimbeek Statistics & Methods Counsellor
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Marilyn Campbell
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Greg Mellis
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Elizabeth Watts Project Manager
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Timothy Flor Policy Analyst
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Alison Bailey Senior Adviser
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Pamita Mund Application and web developer
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Stephen Grey Associate Director
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Neil Williamson Community Development & Engagement
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