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TITLE OF GOOD PRACTICE:

Cyber bullying in schools: A new threat

KEYWORDS:

Cyber bullying, e-mail, social networks, mobile phones, harassment

GOOD PRACTICE TYPOLOGY:

Article on a website

WORKING GROUP COORDINATING THE INITIATIVE:

Gkolemi Panagiota – Evgenia, Psychologist

COUNTRY WHERE IT TOOK PLACE:

Greece

LANGUAGE OF THE REVIEW:

English

DEFINITION OF TARGET GROUP:

Parents, Young People.

DESCRIPTION OF THE GOOD PRACTICE:

This is an informative article by Ms. Gkolemi, Psychologist, published on the website www.psychology-blog.gr, accessible to any interested reader. The information provided refers to cyber bullying among students. The concept of cyber bullying is also described, as also the formats that it receives. The article moreover refers to the causes that lead to the development of online intimidating behaviors and it identifies the characteristics of people who become victims of school bullying. It also briefly presented the symptoms that the victims are likely to develop, in order for parents, to whom it is addressed the current article, to detect those symptoms in the behavior of their child. Thus, parents who realize that their child is a victim of cyber bullying, get advice-tips for coping with the problem. The article refers at the same time to victims of cyber bullying providing them the adequate information in order to confront a threat that they might face. Finally, the article concludes with key recommendations for the correct handling of online harassment suffered by young people nowadays.

INDICATORS:

Definition of bullying or cyberbullying, Detection protocol, Parent training/meetings, School conferences.

EVALUATION:

Today, the technology enables children and adolescents not only to communicate with each other and entertaining themselves, but also to use it against their peers, developing intimidating behaviors in order to harm someone by threatening, mocking, defaming or excluding them socially. The extent of the phenomenon is particularly disturbing, thus an informative scientific article, like the current, may be a good practice for tackling the problem. Advice provided to pupils, that have suffered some form of cyber bullying is evaluated positively, since the victim can prevent the continuation of bullying behaviour that suffers, from the earliest stages of its occurrence. In addition, parents are encouraged to develop a close relationship and communication with their children so that they feel encouraged to talk about intimidating experiences. Furthermore, supervision by parents of their children’s PC activities, communication with mental health experts when they perceive that their children exhibit problematic behavior, but also help by the Computer Crime Unit, are effective measures which could combat the phenomenon of cyber bullying among pupils. pages

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