What is Cyberbullying?
Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. Answers
Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D., a NYS licensed psychologist, forensic psychology consultant and author of the iPredator construct provides readers with his definitions of cyberbullying, cyberbullying tactics, iPredator and his pediatric internet safety and cyberbullying character named Dr. Internet Safety. Dr. Nuccitelli posits that the Information Age and classic bullying have merged to become Cyberbullying. Despite the reality that many adults who were children before the Information Age feel there is little difference between traditional and cyber bullying, Dr. Nuccitelli strongly believes cyberbullying is far more insidious to human consciousness.
Now that physical strength & size are no longer attributes required to be a bully, the cyberbully can be any size, gender or interpersonally skilled. Provided for the reader is a brief overview Dr. Nuccitelli has compiled addressing cyberbullying. Cyberbullying continues to grow among Information Age children. Unlike classic bullying, cyberbullying occurs within the hidden realm of cyberspace. Humanity thrives at the beginning of the Information Age, yet one knows the depths children will go in their developmentally dysfunctional and deceptive practices to harm other children.
Cyberbullying is a term used to define recurrent and sustained verbal and/or physical attacks by one or more children towards another child who is unable or unwilling to deescalate the engagement using Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Cyberbullying is harmful, repeated and hostile behavior intended to deprecate a targeted minor. Cyberbullying describes threatening or disparaging communications delivered through ICT. Whereas classic bullying typically involves face-to-face interactions and non-digital forms of communication, cyberbullying consists of information exchanged via ICT and may never involve face-to-face encounters.
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By definition, classic & cyberbullying occurs among young people. When an adult is involved as the aggressor, it meets criteria for Cyber Harassment or Cyberstalking, which in many states is a criminal act. Although the terms “bullying” and “” includes adult intimidation behavior in contemporary culture, these describe pediatric behaviors and will not include adult applications in Dr. Nuccitelli’s manuscripts. Like classic bullying, cyberbullying is harmful, repeated and hostile behavior intended to taunt, deprecate, threaten & defame a targeted minor initiated and sustained by another minor or group of children.
Educators, parents and all American communities must begin treating cyberbullying as a societally toxic phenomenon. To thwart this growing epidemic, it is paramount society becomes educated on the tactics cyberbullies use to taunt and victimize other vulnerable minors. It should never be forgotten that children who create, implement and experience power from cyberbullying eventually become adults. It does not take much speculation to quickly conclude that an adult with years to hone their cyber attack skills can become a lethal weapon using information and information technology to devastate their targets.
Cyberbullying tactics is a concept created to describe the variety of methodologies cyberbullies use to taunt, threaten, humiliate and deprecate another child. The most important goal for the reader and all adult online users is to become familiar with the themes of cyberbullying strategies used in relationship to the tactics & methods minors use to harm other minors. Furthermore, many of the tactics used by children of the Information Age are also used by adult ICT users engaged in cyber harassment, cyberstalking and cybercrime. As humanity increasingly becomes dependent upon Mobile Device Technology, the range of cyberbullying tactics will assuredly grow.
Cyberbullying Definition Revisited
Cyberbullying: Cyberbullying is defined as threatening or disparaging information directed at a target child delivered through information and communications technology (ICT.) Like classic bullying, cyberbullying is harmful, repeated and hostile behavior intended to taunt, embarrass, deprecate & defame a targeted child. Dissimilar to classic bullying, cyber bullying includes a phenomenon called Cyberbullying by proxy. Cyberbullying by proxy is when a cyber bully encourages or persuades other ICT users to engage in deprecating and harassing a target child. Cyberbullying by proxy is a dangerous form of cyber bullying because adults may become accomplices to the cyberbully and may not know they are dealing with a minor or child from their community.
Cyberbullies are usually motivated by a need for peer acceptance and/or power and control. A small percentage of cyberbullies engage in these maladaptive behaviors out of ignorance of the distress they cause a target child. The most malevolent form of cyberbully, feels minimal remorse for the harm they are inflicting upon the target child. It has been speculated that children view the real world and the online or virtual world as part of a seamless continuum. Unable to differentiate reality from virtual reality, victims of online bullying can become psychologically devastated and/or bullies themselves.
Dr. Internet Safety
Dr. Internet Safety: Dr. Internet Safety (aka, Doc iSafety) is an abstract pediatric internet safety character that educates tweens, teens and adult caregivers on cyberbullying, cyberstalking prevention, online sexual predator identification, cyber security, internet addiction and developmentally appropriate iPredator concepts. Dr. Internet Safety is Developmental Psychology and adolescent maturation savvy in relationship to Information Age tweens and teens.
Dr. Internet Safety accepts and communicates to children supporting their perceptual distortion of viewing themselves as being more technology, social media and cyber safety skilled then their adult counterparts. From a sociological standpoint, Dr. Internet Safety seeks to make all K-12 educational systems include internet safety classes compulsory for all American school districts. Lastly, Dr. Internet Safety has graduate level experience in iPredator profiling, cyber deception and the Information Age Education triad of Humility, Prevention Education and non-denominational Family Values.
“The Information Age technocentric concept of being “connected” is a paradox of disconnection causing us to lose control of our instinctual drives for social cohesion, allegiance and selflessness. As our dependency upon Information and Communications Technology (ICT) grows, spreading throughout our collective human consciousness, the less we care for our neighbors and the more we delude ourselves into thinking that online connections are far more valuable than reality based relationships.” Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. (2014)
Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D.
Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. is a NYS licensed psychologist and cyber criminology consultant. He completed his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Adler University in 1994. In 2010, Dr. Nuccitelli authored the dark side of cyberspace concept known as “iPredator.” In November 2011, he established iPredator Inc., offering educational, investigative, and advisory services involving criminal psychology, cyberstalking, online predators, internet trolls, the dark side of cyberspace and internet safety. Dr. Nuccitelli has worked in the mental health field over the last thirty-plus years and he has volunteered his time helping cyber-attacked victims since 2010. His goal is to reduce victimization, theft, and disparagement from iPredators.
In addition to aiding citizens & disseminating educational content, Dr. Nuccitelli’s mission is to initiate a sustained national educational and awareness internet safety campaign with the help of private, state, and federal agencies. He is always available, at no cost, to interact with online users, professionals, and the media. To invite Dr. Nuccitelli to conduct training, media engagements, educational services, or consultation, please call him at (347) 871-2416 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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