Cyber bullying is when one or more person is using the internet or interactive and digital technologies to target, torment, threaten, harass, humiliate or embarrass another individual. This type of bullying can have many effects on a victim’s health, both physically and emotionally. When the victim’s emotional state is affected they may experience anxiety, depression and lowered self-esteem. This is turn, affects the victims physical state which can trigger lack of eating, sleeping and in some extreme cases even harm or suicide. Andre Sourander (2005) psychologist quotes ‘Policy makers, educators, parents, and adolescents themselves should be aware of the potentially harmful effects of cyber bullying’. For this particular reason stated in
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In considering these statistics, there is an obvious need to strengthen [appendix 1.2] community action [appendix 1.7] both within Meridan State College and in the society. To create this supportive environment means to make changes to the physical, social, mental or political environment to help achieve this goal. For this reason, the Year 11 offline health class created an anti-cyber bullying action plan to share with the Year 9’s. Napoleon Hill (1970) quotes ‘Planning without action is futile, action without planning is fatal’. A strength of the action plan was the amount of information relayed to the stakeholders [appendix 1.3] providing them with the means necessary to change the perceptions on Cyber Bullying. One weakness during the action plan was that it was planned poorly as the class communication was minimal at best. However when the statistics from the student stakeholders [appendix 1.3] survey were conduced, the most popular cause for Cyber Bullying was revealed.
As statistics from the student survey suggest, the most popular cause for cyber bullying is misinformed anonymity. From the statistical data [appendix 1.4] collected from the pre-survey of the Year 9’s [appendix 4.0] 58% of students admitted to believing that cyber bullying is indeed anonymous. However, when the presentations were complete and the post data of the survey was obtained, only 14% still believed their information was