After some research and loads of reading my conclusion I came to is: bullying is bullying! Regardless of age, gender, race, education, creed, generational gaps, etc – the way you feel when you are bullied is the same.
My friend ‘Wiki’ says: Mobile Harassment a type of cyber-bullying, is sending any type of text message, sext, photo message, video message, or voicemail from a mobile phone that causes the receiver to feel harassed, threatened, tormented, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise victimized.
Comparison of cyber-bullying to traditional bullying:
Certain characteristics inherent in online technologies increase the likelihood that they will be exploited for deviant purposes. Unlike physical bullying, electronic bullies can remain virtually anonymous using temporary email accounts, pseudonyms in chat rooms, instant messaging programs, cell-phone text messaging, and other Internet venues to mask their identity; this perhaps frees them from normative and social constraints on their behavior.
Cyber-bullying can be as simple as continuing to send e-mail to someone who has said they want no further contact with the sender, but it may also include threats, sexual remarks, pejorative labels (i.e., hate speech), ganging up on victims by making them the subject of ridicule in forums, and posting false statements as fact aimed at humiliation.
Cyber-bullies may disclose victims’ personal data (e.g. real name, address, or workplace/schools) at websites or forums or may pose as the identity of a victim for the purpose of publishing material in their name that defames or ridicules them. Some cyberbullies may also send threatening and harassing emails and instant messages to the victims, while other post rumors or gossip and instigate others to dislike and gang up on the target.
A recent ruling first seen in the UK determined that it is possible for an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to be liable for the content of sites which it hosts, setting a precedent that any ISP should treat a notice of complaint seriously and investigate it immediately.
A recent study by Marlon Parker and Grant Oosterwyk from CPUT shows some interesting preliminary stats. (They have decided to share it with us before it being released at a conference later this year).
Bullying via Mobile Phones at Cape Town Schools-
Bullied via Mobile at School 16%
Bully others via Mobile at School 16%
Bullied via Mobile outside School 17%
Bullied others via Mobile ourside School 17%
Know people being bullied via Mobile at School 61%
Know people being bullied via Mobile outside School 59%