The fact that we even ask ourselves this question implies that there are some key differences… and there are. Cyber bullying is arguably a lot more dangerous because it is a relatively new phenomenon. Not a lot of people know how to handle cyber bullying when they see it.
This definition stresses the intentionality by the author of the aggressions, in order to provoke physical or psychological harm in victims. Moreover, the difference between ordinary disputes among children and acts of bullying consists also of the repetition over time and of the imbalance of power Traditional bullying the bully and the victim, with the affirmation of the supremacy of the bully on the victim in terms of age, physical strength, etc.
Cullingford and Morrison, Different kind of Bullying Sharp and Smith highlight the following forms of bullying according to the type and intensity of the aggressive behaviour: Physical bullying and verbal bullying can be considered as forms of direct bullying, since they imply a face-to face relationship between bullies and victims.
Definition of Cyberbullying A widely agreed definition of cyberbullying is: Differences between Cyberbullying and traditional Bullying Cyberbullying shows elements of continuity with traditional bullying, but also new and specific elements: Moreover, the element of repetition in time of aggressive acts perpetrated by the bully must be revised considering the characteristics of communication in a virtual environment: The video or post on a blog is always available and can be seen by thousands of people in different times.
Another difference between traditional bullying and cyberbullying is the imbalance of power between bully and victim: Even one person in the privacy of their room and with no special physical skills, can perform acts of bullying on an unlimited number of victims with few transactions.
Finally we must consider the aspect of intentionality linked to aggressive acts:Traditional Bullying in Missouri. A majority (%) of youth in Missouri reported making fun of other people and % reported doing this 40 or more times in the past three months (Missouri Department of Mental Health, ).
Another difference between traditional bullying and cyberbullying is the imbalance of power between bully and victim: for example, the electronic media does not need a power mediated by physical strenght. Just how different is traditional bullying from cyberbullying?
Studies are beginning to show that the way youth bully online is a lot different from traditional schoolyard bullying.
Another difference between traditional bullying and cyberbullying is the imbalance of power between bully and victim: for example, the electronic media does not need a power mediated by physical strenght.
Although similar to “traditional” bullying in terms of form and technique, cyberbullying is immensely different from “old school” bullying and can be even more devastating. For starters, victims in many cases do not know who the bully is, or why they are being bullied.
Cyberbullies hide behind a computer screen and maybe even behind a false identity . Cyberbullying is different from traditional bullying because people can use the disguise of “anonymity” to harass their victims.
One needs only a valid e-mail address to create or participate in groups online, so it is very easy set up “fake” accounts and bully anonymously.