Created By: MrTerroFace on November 13, 2011

Cyberbullying

Bullying on the internet

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While the internet can be a fun place, it doesn't mean its free of people who can pick on you.
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  • November 13, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • There's a Lifetime movie about this, and the mother doesn't take it seriously until she sits down and reads her daughter's IM log.
    • Nickelodeon has a PSA about cyberbullying as one of its inbetweeners. So does Disney, using Phineas And Ferb as their spokesmen. Cartoon Network, so far, only has one about in-person bullying.

  • November 13, 2011
    robybang
  • November 13, 2011
    TwoGunAngel
    One of the many ways that Trolling can get ugly.
  • November 13, 2011
    troacctid
    So is this a trope, or just something that happens? Because it sounds like People Sit On Chairs to me.
  • November 13, 2011
    PapercutChainsaw
    ^A trope, usually as a form of a Stock Aesop (The Aesop is usually either "Don't be mean to people over the Internet" or "Be careful about who you communicate with online". In extremely clumsy cases, it can come across as New Media Are Evil.)
  • November 13, 2011
    Stratadrake
    [Overlapping comment ID bug, please repost]
  • November 14, 2011
    TBTabby
    I recommend No Real Life Examples for this one.
  • November 14, 2011
    pcw2727
    Has anyone ever noticed the term only seems to be used by people not especially familiar with the internet. I think most people who actually frequent message boards and such refer to a "cyber bully" as a "troll".
  • November 14, 2011
    CompletelyDifferent
    You might want to make a distinction between 'troll' and cyberbully: trolls tend to go onto public boards, using their anonymity to give them freedom. Cyberbullying tends to be applied more on networking or e-mail sites, where the bullies target those they know in real life.
  • November 15, 2011
    fulltimeD
  • November 15, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    I second CompletelyDifferent's distinction. In addition to face-to-face bullying and passing notes (see Malfoy's magical animated note against Harry in HP 3), cyberbullies can now taunt their victims and publicize their taunts online. This is distinct from harassing/denigrating/threatening someone under cover of complete anonymity.
  • November 16, 2011
    TBeholder
  • November 19, 2011
    Caveat
  • November 19, 2011
    Abodos
    This is not New Media Are Evil. That trope is when the internet itself is treated as bad, whereas this trope is where bullies simply use the internet as a particular outlet of their bullying. The internet is not being demonized here.
  • November 19, 2011
    ThreeferFAQMinorityChick
    On the topic of making this No Real Life Examples Please, I see why, but there are some very notable examples, like that girl who was Driven To Suicide because an older woman made a My Space page under the persona of a teenage boy and proceeded to use this to cyberbully her. Given the touchiness of this subject, I'd say that having a Real Life section would be good as long as it only includes examples where it led to serious harm (I'd say physical only, but some others may disagree) and/or death for the target, or else made the news so that real names have been publicized.
  • November 19, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    This is not New Media Are Evil.

    The Internet has had a lot of positive results too, but this particular situation is a genuine problem.

  • November 19, 2011
    troacctid
    I'm still not seeing how this is a trope.
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