Technological advancements have transformed teenagers’ lives in the last three decades. Modern technology means that people can instantly access vast amounts of information and communicate with others worldwide in real-time, rather than relying on antiquated methods. In addition, youngsters have embraced technology and are often better at using it than their parents. Education and society stand to gain and lose from the current state of technological growth.
No matter how well-intentioned a piece of technology is, it’s not always used correctly by teens. Some people have taken it up as a new means of bullying, whether they meant to or not.
Cyberbullying is only one example of how kids use technology to harass, threaten, humiliate or target someone else on the Internet or elsewhere. This list has compiled six ways youngsters are utilizing technology to bully and harass others.
1. "Pimping of Speed Cameras"
In order to fool speed cameras or red light cameras, young teen drivers create false license plates that can be traced back to the scale of a peer or an instructor. Teenagers may easily replicate the plates by printing out a template on a sheet of high-gloss paper using the same license plate typeface.
They deliberately accelerate or run a red light in front of the cameras after putting the paper on their license plate. As a result, a ticket is sent to the license plate owner. The speed and red light cameras aren’t sensitive enough to distinguish between paper license plates and real ones.. The victim’s only recourse is to point out that the car in the photo with the license plate is not the one registered to the plate.
Internet trolls popularized this term after the suicide of Amanda Todd, a Canadian teen. Instead of mourning her death or expressing remorse for their crimes, Bullies in Todd’s life posted hateful words on her Facebook page. For her family and friends, this was extremely painful and upsetting. Sadly, this is a typical occurrence in the business world.
When young people are bullied to the brink of suicide, the bullies in their lives do not relent and do not feel empathy for those who have suffered a loss in their lives sometimes. Instead, they post on a memorialized account, thereby aggravating the suffering of the victim’s loved ones.
3. "Shaming Teens"
Snipping images off someone’s social media profile and sharing them with comments that embarrass or criticize the individual in the photo are two examples of this behavior being used in the public eye. Slut-shaming, fat-shaming, and public shaming are all part of the shaming.
Anyone can be a victim, even though it is more common among girls. It’s like a cruel “create a caption for this picture” game. Adding insult to injury, some of the photographs end up going viral. Teen shaming is rife on several social media platforms, with bullies competing to post the cruelest comments about their peers.
When students engage in cyberbaiting, it can lead to outbursts from teachers. They then record the teacher’s reaction and upload it online for others to see. One in five teachers throughout the world has been a victim of cyberbullying at some point. Some teachers have been sacked because of their failure to maintain their cool during the videos.
SWAT-ing occurs when children try to mislead an emergency agency into summoning a SWAT team. Callers use a service like Spoofcard to modify their voices and even add background sound effects to their calls.
Bullies have come to recognize that, despite the popularity of SWATting celebrities, they can also target the average person, including their classmates and professors.
Bullying advocates themselves are being targeted. A good example of this is Parry Aftab, a cyberbullying expert who was subjected to SWAT-like tactics.
6. "Happy Slapping"
Using a camera phone to record bullying incidents is a kind of cyberbullying that developed in the United Kingdom. Typically, the victim is slapped, smacked, kicked, or punched by one or more minors. Videotapes of bullying incidents are then uploaded to YouTube so that more people can see them.
Students have been known to send videos of bullying to one another by text message or e-mail in bulk. In order to further humiliate and embarrass the victim, it is common practice to spread rumors about the occurrence online.