Cyber Mobbing: Say no to online threats and insulting texts.
Especially children and teenagers are affected by cyber mobbing. Help to say "no" to 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.
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.
«The offenders usually know the victim.»
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.
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):SKPPSC - Cybermobbing