Ipsos and Save the Children have launched a research titled “The boys and cyber bullying” presented in Rome on the occasion of Safer Internet Day, a day established by the European Commission for the promotion of safe and responsible use of new media among young people.
The work investigates the use of technology as a tool of aggression for adolescents. Among the favorite modes of attack, we find the social networks (61%) with denigrators or intimate photos and videos (59%), or the creation of hostile groups (57%). Aren’t to be excluded the “theft” of e-mail addresses, profiles, or private messages for then make them public (48%), and to send threatening SMS, MMS, e-mail (52%). This type of bullying is surprisingly implemented mainly by females preteens.
These are actions to scare, to subject the victims and 72% of young people believes that it’s the “most dangerous social phenomenon”, more than drugs, harassments and diseases. The “diversity” between the underlying causes: physical appearance (67%), sexual orientation, clothing (48%), or even disability (31%) or foreigners (43%).
The Safer Internet Day this year has involved 90 countries who have reflected, through an online video, on the theme of the European Commission “Liability and rights in the network”. To accompany the initiative many projects launched in each country and a series of recommendations for an appropriate use of social media.
The phenomenon of cyber bullying scare the younger ones, but even more their parents that often don’t know how to react in front of these threats. Often they can’t even access to the contents of all online activities that perform every day the teenagers. To overcome this problem, many parents have resorted to remote control tools for PC that allow them to know everything that happens on a PC. Others ones use spy software which, when installed on the phone, allow to monitor calls and messages, but also to know the GPS location of the phone and so of the young.
Monitoring tools simple and discrete that, due to their reliability and completeness, no longer shock anyone, rather they are purchased every day by thousands of people who choose to safeguard their children.