Cyberbullying in the digital age

In today's digital age, navigating the online world comes with challenges, especially for children and adolescents. Cyberbullying has emerged as a significant concern, impacting young individuals' mental health and well-being. Initiatives like the Ora de Net project aim to provide comprehensive support and education to children, parents, and education professionals to recognise the importance of addressing these issues. 

Date 2024-06-28 Author Romanian Safer Internet Centre Section awareness Topic cyberbullying Audience parents and carers, research, policy and decision makers, teachers, educators and professionals
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Cyberbullying involves intentional and repeated aggressive behaviours directed towards an individual through digital platforms like social networks, text messages, video calls, emails, or other electronic means. Unlike traditional bullying, cyberbullying occurs in virtual spaces, making it challenging to identify and address promptly. Trauma resulting from cyberbullying can have profound effects on academic performance and overall functioning. Parents and educators need to recognise that all children involved—whether as targets, initiators, or witnesses—are victims who require adult support to manage and mitigate the negative impact of such experiences.  

Even if individuals are not directly affected by cyberbullying, there are proactive measures they can take to overcome this harmful phenomenon: 

  • Understand and apply privacy settings on social media platforms to protect personal information and ensure compliance with safety standards.  
  • Uphold online laws, prevent online harassment, and prioritize digital security while asserting rights to privacy, freedom of expression, and safety.  
  • Use reporting features available on online platforms to notify administrators about cyberbullying incidents. This can lead to the removal of offensive content or the blocking of responsible individuals.  
  • Extend empathy towards victims of cyberbullying. Simple encouragement and support can make a significant difference in their recovery process.  

Participate in programmes like Ora de Net to educate yourself and others about responsible online behaviour and the consequences of cyberbullying through events and educational resources.

The Ora de Net project offers a dedicated counselling line for children, parents, and educators 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This service provides expert advice on internet risks such as cyberbullying, age-appropriate content, and online threats. Trained specialists are committed to offering ongoing support and guidance to effectively address online safety concerns.  We encourage parents, educators, and individuals alike to encourage children and students to use the counselling line provided by Ora de Net. This invaluable resource can be accessed through the project's website or email.  

By collectively engaging in these initiatives and supporting one another, we can create a safer and more responsible online community for everyone.

 Find more information about the work of the Romanian Safer Internet Centre, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline, and youth participation services, or find similar information for other Safer Internet Centres throughout Europe

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