The Kingdom of Unixploria supports various organizations working towards the eradication of cyberbullying. Our initiative aims to raise awareness of online bullying, even in the micronational sphere. We acknowledge that this is a real problem and must take steps to address it.
Regardless of our differences, we should always exhibit human decency and respect towards everyone, including our opponents. Sometimes, even a small act of kindness, such as writing a kind word, can make a huge difference in someone's life.
What is online bullying?
Online bullying (often called cyberbullying) is carried out through electronic media devices like computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets, or gaming consoles.
What makes online bullying different?
We know there is a strong link between online and face-to-face bullying. Research has shown (please see Focus On briefing in the Tools and Research section below) that 80% of victims of online bullying were also bullied face to face.
Some things make online bullying different from 'traditional' bullying:
24-7 nature - the nature of the online activity means you can be in contact at any time.
There is the potential for a wider audience, and bullying incidents can stay online, such as a photo you can't remove.
Evidence - many online bullying incidents allow those experiencing it to keep proof - for example, take a screenshot - to show to school staff or police if needed.
Potential to hide your identity - it is possible to hide your identity online, which can make online bullying incidents very scary.
Degree of separation - people who cyberbully often don't see the reaction of those experiencing it, so it can sometimes be harder for them to see the impact of their actions.
Prevalence of online bullying
There are many statistics relating to levels of online bullying. Most organizations are researching bullying and look at children and young adults and their experiences concerning online bullying. The statistics are far from satisfying:
24% of children and young people will experience some form of online bullying.
17% of children and young people will bully others online.
Name-calling is the most common type of online bullying.
Bullying online does not, however, occur among young people. We know that it happens among adults too. That's why we've decided to make this a priority.
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