Wednesday 22 December 2010

Raising The Awareness of Cyber Bullying or Harrassment!!!!!!!

Good morning to you all in the land of blog

Xmas is a Time of year where I always feel that we need to think or do something for others, so here is my chosen subject.

In this day and age sometimes we forget that bullying doesn't just take place at School, that it does actually continue into the adult life also.  With so many Social Networking places on the world wide web these days, there is now a wider forum for it.  

I thought that I might over the Christmas and New Year period ask you to think about the impact that this has on people and support me in highlighting it's existence.

So whilst browsing the internet I came across this fabulous site and really felt that it might be of interest to some of you

the information provided can be further read here in full - a great source of information

these are direct quotes from that site and I thank them for the information they provide

Cyberbullying on the Internet

The Internet provides the perfect forum for cyberbullies, individuals whose aim is to gain gratification from the distress caused by provoking and tormenting others.

Serial bullies, whose behaviour profile you'll find in full at Bully OnLine, harbour a lot of internal aggression which they direct at others. This may include projection, false criticism and patronising sarcasm whilst contributing nothing of any value.........................

People who bully are adept at creating conflict between those who would otherwise pool negative information about them. The method of creating conflict is provocation which bullies delight in because they know they can always coerce at least one person to respond in a manner which can then be distorted and used to further flame and inflame people. And so it goes on. The bully then sits back and gains gratification from seeing others engage in destructive behaviour towards each other.

Many serial bullies are also serial attention-seekers. More than anything else they want attention. It doesn't matter what type of attention they get, positive or negative, as long as they can provoke someone into paying them attention. .................................. The best way to treat bullies is to refuse to respond and to refuse to engage them - which they really hate. In other words, do not reply to their postings, and on forums carry on posting without reference to their postings as if they didn't exist. In other words, treat nobodies as nobodies.

The anger of a serial bully is especially apparent when they come across someone who can see through them to espy the weak, inadequate, immature, dysfunctional aggressive individual behind the mask. .................................

The objectives of bullies are Power, Control, Domination, Subjugation. They get a kick out of seeing you react. It doesn't matter how you react, the fact they've successful provoked a reaction is, to the bully, a sign that their attempt at control have been successful. After that, it's a question of wearing you down. The more your try to explain, negotiate, conciliate, etc the more gratification they obtain from your increasingly desperate attempts to communicate with them. Understand that it is not possible to communicate in a mature adult manner with a disordered individual who's emotionally retarded.

The Number One rule for dealing with this type of behaviour is: don't respond, don't interact and don't engage. This is not as easy to do as it sounds. It's a natural response to want to defend yourself, and to put the person right. However, never argue with a serial bully; it's not a mature adult discussion, but like dealing with a child or immature teenager; whilst the serial bully may be an adult on the outside, on the inside they are like a child who's never grown up - and probably never will. Serial bullies and harassers often have disordered thinking patterns and do not share the same thoughts or values as you.

The second rule is to keep all abusive emails. Create a new folder, perhaps called "Abuse", and move hate mail and flame mail into this folder. You don't have to read it. When the time comes to take action, this folder of hate mail and flame mail is your evidence. Bullies, especially cyberbullies, are obsessive people and if their account is closed down you may start receiving mail from another address. This can later be compared to the abusive emails you've already received to identify the perpetrator. You'll find the same words, phrases and strategies occurring.

The third rule is to understand bullying. Read through Bully OnLine carefully, understand the profile of the serial bully. Recognise that you are not dealing with a person who has the same mindset as yourself. Bullying, and especially cyberbullying, has links with stalking - see related/stalking.htm for links to stalking sites.

Rule four is get help. If you're a young person, this is essential. Even mature experienced adults often cannot handle bullying and harassment by themselves. Sometimes you are dealing with a severely disordered and dangerous individual.

Rule five is become alert to provocation. It could be called "The Baiting Game". A provocative comment is made and those who respond spontaneously in irritation (eg non-assertively) are then encouraged to engage in conflict with those who respond without irritation (eg assertively). The provoker watches, waits and stirs the pot with the occasional additional provocation. What interests me is the sense of gratification that a provoker gains from watching others indulge in destructive interaction initiated by him- or herself. In this context, gratification is a perverse form of satisfaction akin to, but distinct from, pleasure.

The sixth rule is become an observer. Although you may be the target of the cyberbully's anger, you can train yourself to act as an observer. This takes you out of the firing line and enables you to study the perpetrator and collect evidence. When people use bullying behaviours they project their own weaknesses, failings and shortcomings on to others. In other words, they are telling you about themselves by fabricating an accusation based on something they themselves have done wrong. Whenever you receive a flame mail or hate mail, train yourself to instinctively ask the question, "What is this person revealing about themselves this time?"

The seventh rule is decide if you want to take action, and if so, prepare carefully and strike hard. Sometimes refusing to respond and engage will result in the cyberbully losing interest and going off to find someone easier to torment. Sometimes though, especially if there has been interaction in the past, the cyberbully is so obsessed that s/he cannot and will not let go. You will have to make that person let go, but only through swift, hard, legal action, and only when the time is right. Don't deal with the abuser yourself (this encourages bullies and stalkers), use a third party such as a solicitor.

Finally a reminder - never try to mediate, negotiate, conciliate or otherwise deal with a bully or stalker yourself. Always remember Rule #1: don't respond, don't interact and don't engage.

Now I know that this was a lot of reading but I hope you found this of use and if you feel you need to read further on the subject and many more areas please visit the site linked above.
I suppose a question would be is
At this time of year who are you thinking about or supporting?



11 comments: said...

Thanks for posting this. I hope that I never need to refer to it. Have a fab Christmas hun. x

Tammy said...

Excellent! thanks for posting the information

ARTfulWings said...

Hi Kate - I found this very interesting and informative - its surprising how much of this type of bullying goes on around us and the upset that it can cause - it certainly sparked a topic of conversation for us as a family this evening. Take care Polly xx

Anonymous said...

A friend of mine has recently been a victim of this type of bullying, it is not nice to witness and all I would like to say is that the people that do this are cowardly as it is very easy to hide behind a screen. Thank you for highlighting this matter.

sam21ski said...

WOW Kate thanks for all the info, great research into the topic and sound advice.

Unfortunately I do know that this goes on as it's happened to one of my crafting buddies, but we dealt with it just like you said, basically ignored what was being said/written although it was very hard not to respond, because as you rightly say, you want to get your own point across and when someone is writing lies about someone you know you want to stick up for them too.

Thanks for giving this issue the time of day and for making people aware that it does happen.

Sam xxxx

Zoechaos said...

I've been bullied at work and recongnise someof the things written here. Never really thought of it happening on line amoung Adults shocking. Very pleased to support your awareness compaign. XOXO Zoe

Mandy said...

Well done for raising awareness Kate.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Kate, and Santa brings you lovely things
hugs Mandy xx

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this kate. I have ben going through this and have been ignoring it. It was helpful reading this xxx

All mixed up maz said...

THANKS for that kate.
It was very helpful xxx
I have been a victim to.
And just as it says on the tin.HAHA
bullies are nothing XX

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm...very interesting article. I have never been the subject of this on the internet, but sadly, this piece describes exactly what is happening in our home. My DH has gone through some tough changes brought on by his work retirement, and he is exhibiting this kind of behavior towards me and others. So far, my response has been, "Is that what you think?", but I guess I should not even be saying that. Off to read more on the subject.

Sally H said...

A great article. Thanks for the info and the links

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