Starting as early as elementary school, children are exposed to cell phones, tablets and a range of social media platforms to use, making online bullying easier to do. This form of bullying is a growing issue experienced by both girls and boys. So how does bullying differ between boys and girls?
Research found on dosomething.org has shown that girls are twice as likely to be the victims and perpetrators of cyberbullying. The answer to this may lie in the ways girls and boys social interactions vary. According to research coordinated by The University of Miami, girls were found to use more subtle and emotional bullying tactics such as ostracization or spreading rumors, while boys participated in more physical bullying. Girls were also found to be more secretive about bullying while boys openly bullied. Due to the quiet nature of cyberbullying, this issue can often go on for days, weeks, or months without being recognized.
So how does cyberbullying occur and what are some solutions to it? Bullies may send hateful, threatening or intimidating messages through fake accounts and incite others to join in the bullying of one or more peers. The first step in safely dealing with cyberbullies is confiding in a trusted adult. Unfortunately, only 1 out of 10 will report when they are cyberbullied. It is speculated that this is because teenagers feel embarrassed or don’t want their phones to be taken away.
BulliPatrol is here to help with this crucial communication obstacle. Once possible cyberbullying activity is detected on a teen’s social media account, BulliPatrol will send parents an alert. The child’s messages will remain hidden in order to maintain their online privacy and to avoid embarrassment while still letting the parent know when something is wrong allowing parents and teens to start a conversation about the issues being faced.