Social Media Bullying | Stanley Law Offices
March 7, 2016
Is someone you know or care about being bullied?
Bullies couldn’t exist without victims, and they don’t pick on just anyone; those singled out lack assertiveness and radiate fear long before they ever encounter a bully. No one likes a bully, but no one likes a victim either. Grown-up bullies wreak havoc in their relationships and in the workplace.
The 2011 Pew report found that 15 percent of social-media users between the ages of 12 and 17 said they’d been harassed online in the previous year. In 2012, Consumer Reports estimated that 800,000 minors on Facebook had been bullied or harassed in the previous year. (Facebook questions the methodology of the magazine’s survey; however, the company declined to provide specifics.) In the early days of the Internet, the primary danger to kids seemed to be from predatory adults. But it turns out that the perils adults pose, although they can be devastating, are rare. The far more common problem kids face when they go online comes from other kids.
Cyberbullying hurts just as bad or worse than physical bullying because the shame is compounded by the net connectivity, virtually everyone may be able to bear witness to Cyberbully attacks. Examples of Cyberbullying can be seen on various social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The key to stopping the problem is learning to recognize it.
What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites. Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.
This site is a great resource to find tools and insights for parents, teachers, advocates, and how to put an end to bullying in your school:
When you click on the link below you’ll also learn more about bullying and the law. Know your rights and find more specific answers to these questions:
- What can you do when your child is being bullied by other students?
- Is school bullying against the law?
- What is bullying under the law?
- How do I figure out what the school is obligated to do?
- What can I do when the school isn’t doing enough to stop the bullying of my child?
- What legal options do I have when the school fails to protect my child from bullying?
- Can I file a lawsuit if my child’s school is violating state anti-bullying laws?
- I think the bullying my child is suffering is discriminatory harassment. Are there laws that protect my child from this?
- Are schools only obligated to address bullying that involves discriminatory harassment?
- When is a school required to take action to try to stop bullying?
- Are schools only responsible for bullying that happens in school?
- What steps should schools take to stop bullying?
- Are schools required to take any particular disciplinary action to stop bullying?
- If my child is still bullied after the school has disciplined every known aggressor, does the school have to do more?
- When should I contact an attorney for help?
- How will a lawsuit affect my child? Source: The Bully Project
Whether you’re an adolescent or an adult, bullying can happen in the school play yard or in the office. Assertiveness means standing up for yourself in a nonaggressive way.
Self-confidence is the best way to fight bullies. Like anything, being an advocate, if not for yourself, then someone you care about, is a responsibility that you can get help with living up to. There are many people, resources, and organizations that are here to help.
What’s bullying about in the courtroom?
You may hear our references in tv and on radio telling you “Don’t be bullied.” So bullying can happen and does happen in the world of law and with the insurance companies. The big insurance companies can behave in the same manner as the big bully in high school… with intimidation, character assassination, or even outright fear tactics. When you’ve been in a serious accident, you could find yourself on the brink of bankruptcy, out of work, with medical bills piling up. The deny and delay tactics of the insurance companies put you in a horrible position. Then they intimidate you and make you believe you don’t have a case at all, or at the most, a weak case. When it’s the latter, they bully you into settling. Settling for less than what’s going to last you the rest of your life, isn’t doing you or your family any good. Don’t settle for the fast cash. Get someone in your corner who’s in the know, who knows how these big bully insurance companies work. There’s help. It’s only a phone call and a FREE Consultation away…
Joe Stanley of Stanley Law works every day to educate the public about not only their rights, but what to do to prevent or be proactive whether it be a car accident, getting hurt at work, school, on a construction site. With depth of expertise and a Team who has sincere concern for the well-being of you and your family, should an accident occur, Stanley Law always uses the best experts and thorough investigation to ensure they leave no stone unturned. Consultations are always FREE. You can begin the process by visiting their website StanleyLawOffices.com or phoning 1-800-608-3333.