Say no to cyber mobbing
An act of cyber mobbing consists of intentionally insulting, threatening or harassing a person over a period of time by using online services
Cyber mobbing is about:
- spreading false information or rumors.
- spreading and uploading embarrassing or adulterated photos and videos.
- offending, harassing, threatening or blackmailing via email, SMS, etc.
Especially children and teenagers are affected by cyber mobbing. The offenders usually know the victim and use the anonymity of the Internet to hide their identity.
Protection from cyber mobbing:
- Support your child in acquiring media competence.
- Encourage your child to confide in you.
- Don’t be afraid of talking about cyber mobbing.
Victims and offenders
Especially children and teenagers are affected by cyber mobbing.
It often starts (offline) in school, but most of the teenagers’ social interaction takes place online on the Internet. This is where they argue, discuss, connect and take risks – willingly or unknowingly.
Manche Opfer sind im Vorfeld der Cybermobbing-Attacken unsorgfältig mit ihren Passwörtern umgegangen, manche haben sich vor dem Posten von Fotos oder Videos zu wenig informiert oder überlegt, welche Personen diese Posts sehen und missbrauchen könnten.
Some of the victims didn’t handle their passwords with care and got hacked, some of them just didn’t think about potential misuse or inappropriateness of a post, photo or video.
The offenders usually know the victim and use the anonymity of the Internet to hide their identity.
Their motivation is mostly very selfish. Through mobbing and vilifying another person, the offenders aim at improving their own social status.
You can find more information and tips on the website of the Swiss crime prevention office (SKP):