Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, tablets, and consoles. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior.
The most common places where cyberbullying occurs are:
- Social Media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Tik Tok
- Text messaging and messaging apps on mobile or tablet devices
- Instant messaging, direct messaging, and online chatting over the internet
- Online forums, chat rooms, and message boards, such as Reddit
- Online gaming communities
Cyberbullying also includes photos, messages, or pages that don’t get taken down, even after the person has been asked to do so. In other words, it’s anything that gets posted online and is meant to hurt, harass, or upset someone else.
Intimidation or mean comments that focus on things like a person’s gender, religion, sexual orientation, race, or physical differences count as discrimination, which is against the law in many states. That means the police could get involved, and bullies may face serious penalties.
If the conduct occurs during a GameSync public or private event, and causes or threatens to cause a substantial disruption at said event, or interferes with the rights of gamers to feel safe and secure, GameSync reserves the right to impose consequences, including but not limited to, removal of the offender without warning. The GameSync Administration Team may also report the Cyber Bullying or Harassment to the police.
Action Steps to Respond to Cyber Bullying or Harassment:
· Save the evidence. Print online harassment.
· Identify the Cyber Bully.
· Clearly tell the Cyber Bully to stop.
· File a complaint of Cyberbullying with GameSync
Any gamer who believes that he/she/they is/are being subjected to bullying/cyberbullying behavior, as well as any other person who has knowledge of or witnesses any possible occurrence of bullying/cyberbullying, shall report the bullying to any staff member of GameSync or the Event Coordinator. The staff member/Event Coordinator to whom the report is made (or the staff member/Coordinator who witnesses bullying behavior) shall investigate the complaint and take appropriate action to include, as necessary, referral to the next level of supervisory authority and/or other official designated by GameSync to investigate allegations of bullying. Investigation of allegations of bullying shall follow the procedures utilized for complaints of harassment within the law. Allegations of bullying shall be promptly investigated and will be treated as confidential and private to the extent possible within legal constraints.
Prevention and Intervention
GameSync staff at all levels are responsible for taking corrective action to prevent bullying behavior of which they have been made aware at GameSync events or activities and/or reporting such behavior to their immediate supervisor. Further, staff training is provided to raise awareness of the problem of bullying and to facilitate staff identification of and response to such bullying behavior among gamers.
Prevention and intervention techniques within GameSync to prevent bullying behavior and to support and protect victims shall include strategies and activities as determined by administration. Individual intervention will be provided by appropriate staff members to bullies, victims and their parents to help ensure that the bullying stops.
The GameSync Administration Team prohibits any retaliatory behavior directed against complainants, victims, witnesses, and/or any other individuals who participate in the investigation of allegations of bullying. Follow-up inquiries and/or appropriate monitoring of the alleged bully and victim shall be made to ensure that bullying behavior has not resumed and that all those involved in the investigation of allegations of bullying have not suffered retaliation.