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University of Toronto Scarborough

Psychology of Cyber Bullying  with the popularity of internet, bullying has expanded into cyberspace  bullying online can happen at any time and is more difficult to see than traditional forms of bullying that often happens at school  cyber bullying includes sending/posting threatening, hurtful or embarrassing messages, getting other people to do so, and excluding someone from an online group  posting personal/false information and spreading rumours is also a type of cyber bullying  adolescent bullies tend to have little self-control and highly emotional—they establish dominance and leadership in peer groups by proactively using aggression, and they tend to perceive negative intent where there was none  they also come from homes with little parental warmth/involvement  have little empathy for their peers  tend to be aggressive and show need for attention and superiority  adolescent victims of cyber bullying are more likely to develop depression and low self- esteem, and decrease in academic achievement (to the point where they drop out), and even lead to suicide  avoiding the internet isn’t an appropriate way to prevent cyber bullying, because restricting a child’s internet access only cut them off from their peer group  also, bullying will probably also be face to face, and thus restricting internet access won’t stop the child from being a victim of bullying  a good way to prevent cyber bullying is an increase in promoting responsible online behaviours, and following up immediately on any reported bullying Influence of Social Media  in September 2010, a 16 year old was gang raped at a party in B.C.—the horrors of that evening continued as onlookers took photos and videos and then posted them online  this goes beyond cyber bullying and encompasses greater legal issues, like child pornography  social media increasingly begins to affect us, as more people being using it, in hopes of connecting with friends online  research shows people are beginning to spend more time on the Internet, and have created a strong dependency to it  in a study at Harrisburg University of Science and technology, students and staff took part in a 1 week social media blackout—participants spent the time away from Facebook and other sites and did homework, read online news, and did more exercise instead  25% said they had better concentration in classes, 33% felt less stressed since there was no expectation to update their status or check that of others, and 10% reported enjoying more face-to-face conversations The Psychology of Rumours and Gossip  social media allows people to stay in touch, but it can also be used to spread rumours and gossip (social talk meant to evaluate, provide group solidarity, and give social network information)  gossip involves talking about who’s dating who, and often is accompanied by judgement and decisions about whether the pairing is appropriate  rum
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