Internet Privacy and Cyberbullying

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Internet Privacy and Cyber Bullying

For the last discussion I will be discussing Privacy and Bullying.

What is Internet Privacy?

Internet privacy can be defined as; the privacy and security level of personal data published via the Internet. It is a broad term that refers to a variety of factors, techniques and technologies used to protect sensitive and private data, communications, and preferences. (Janssen)

When browsing the internet there are always risk.

Some of these risks include:

  • Phishing is defined a hacking activity used to steal secure user data, including username, password, bank account number, security PIN or credit card number. An example can be seen at
  • Spyware is defined as any offline application that obtains data without a user's consent. When the computer is online, previously acquired data is sent to the spyware source. An example would be a key logger application.
  • Malware is defined as an application used to illegally damage online and offline computer users through Trojans, viruses and spyware


What is Bullying?

It is defined as the use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force them to do something. (Oxford Dictionaries, 2014)

Cyberbullying can be defined as:

  • Spreading gossip, secrets or rumours about another person that will damage that person’s reputation. (Prevnet, 2014)
  • Breaking into an email account and sending hurtful materials to others under an assumed identity. (Prevnet, 2014)

What’s the link?

Personally, I consider the two to be closely related. Nowadays, people are not very careful about the things they share online. According to the study done by Visa,

  • Close to half of respondents have shared their birthdate;
  • 29 percent have posted their phone number;
  • 14 percent have shared their mother's maiden name.
  • Some 20 percent of respondents provided their home address on social media;
  • AND 7% of Americans have shared their Social Security Number

If this type of information were to fall in the wrong hands, they can use it to steal your identity and commit crimes under your name. They might also use this information to gain access to any of your social media. If that happens, they can view your pictures, share them to others without your consent, or they might even pretend to be you.

That’s not the only thing that can happen, according to the article Serial burglars used Facebook to find victims, and the burglars were able to find victims by looking at Facebook posts. How scary is that?

Moving on, “Teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they have in the past” (Madden, 2013) This opens up to cyberbullying. How?

If you share pictures publicly then there is a chance that someone will target you simply because of how you look. For example, if you someone has weight issues, a random person might comment on the picture with the words like pig or fatty. Overtime it can escalate even further when that particular person shares it with his friends and more people chime in. The person who had weight issues might lose self-esteem and might end up doing self-mutilation which can eventually lead to suicide.

Here is an example of a cruel joke brought in by the social media,

2 teenage girls tricked another teen into thinking she had a boyfriend and telling her later that he died because of her. They were able to get in 2000 people to participate in the prank. Can you imagine what the girl is going through? She thought that she killed someone. Someone who doesn’t even exists.

Social media might be a great way to connect to other people but we should keep in mind our privacy. We have to be discreet and careful of what we share because it might come and hurt us some da


Janssen, C. (n.d.). Internet Privacy.Techopedias. Retrieved March 30, 2014, from

Cyberbullying. (n.d.). PREVNet. Retrieved March 31, 2014, from

Serial burglars used Facebook to find victims. (n.d.). KGW Retrieved March 28, 2014, from

Tozer, J. (n.d.). Bullies torment schoolgirl, 15, with fake online boyfriend before telling her on Facebook he'd killed himself. Mail Online. Retrieved March 31, 2014, from

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