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Bullying investigation

A bullying investigation is a type of service that has developed especially in recent years, the activity helps young people to cope with the incessant bullying in school, in the neighborhood, in the gym, or other places.

Below we will try to explain what bullying and cyberbullying is, as a phenomenon that affects not only children or teenagers but also adults.

Bullying refers to the phenomenon of bullying perpetrated by children and young people against their peers, especially in the school environment. To be defined as such, the behavior must have three precise characteristics:

  • Intentionality
  • Persistence over time
  • Relationship asymmetry.

The action must be intentional and carried out to harm the victim. It must be repeated concerning a particular partner and characterized by an imbalance of power between those who act and those who suffer it. A child or young person is the object of bullying or is bullied or victimized when he is repeatedly exposed to negative actions carried out by one or more companions.

The distinctive criteria of bullying concerning aggressive behavior:

  • Reiteration; the presence of an imbalance in strength (physical or psychological) and power within the relationship between the bully and the victim;
  • Lack of provocation by the victim

What are the consequences for the victims?

  • SHORT-TERM: despair and disaffection for school or social activity (sometimes these behaviors are taken to the extreme).
  • LONG-TERM: as adults, they are more affected by depression.

The difference between bullying and cyberbullying lies in the fact that cyberbullying lacks the face-to-face relationship between the victim and the cyberbully, and that technologies modulate these three dimensions due to their characteristics of anonymity and diffusion over time and space. badges in bullying.

In electronic bullying, the imbalance of power created between the victim and the cyberbully is not affected by the physicality of the person or interaction but rather by the anonymity and perception of invisibility that the cyberbully benefits from. The intention and responsibility of the denigrating action also take on an indirect and widespread form, as it is difficult to trace the main person responsible for the bullying and it is easy for all those who share or comment to partially share responsibility. The recurrence of aggressive conduct over time acquires a peculiar connotation in online bullying, as it often consists of the prolongation of the effects and spread of a single episode of cyberbullying following the absence of physical and temporal barriers created by technology.

Similarly to traditional bullying, cyberbullying occurs both directly and indirectly: in the first case, there is targeted aggression by the cyberbully on the victim; in the second case, the disparaging actions aim to discredit the victim in her social environment, acting behind her back. The victimization methods most frequently encountered in cyberbullying are text messages, when it occurs through mobile phones, and offenses on social networks, what occurs through the internet, and the perceived severity of cyberbullying differs according to the type of action: for example, calls and photographs are rated to have the greatest impact.

Finally, about the roles of involvement of bullies, it is possible to observe gender differences in cyberbullying. In particular, if traditional bullying is more often male, females resort more frequently to cyberbullying, probably because for girls the offense is not physical but affects reputation and social image.

Furthermore, group action is even more relevant in cyberbullying than in traditional bullying, determining its effectiveness, and is expressed through comments, sharing, and views. Research results seem to agree on the presence both of depression, and decreased self-esteem. About cyberbullying, there is also an increase in risky behaviors such as alcohol and drug abuse in adolescence, but the peculiarity is a proven decrease in school performance, greater absenteeism, and a high probability of academic dropout.

If you suspect your child is being bullied or cyberbullied, please feel free to contact us.

Our investigators will carry out all necessary checks to ascertain your suspicions.

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