Back in February, technology journalist and Internet safety advocate Larry Magid wrote that it’s “time to take the ‘cyber’ out of cyberbullying.” (CNET original article)
In that article, Magid asserted that bullying is bullying, regardless of where and how it happens. We don't call it "pencil bullying" when someone uses a wooden stick with lead inside to write someone a threatening note. When a person shakes her fist in front of someone's face, we don't call it "fist bullying." And when kids don't let other kids sit at their lunch table, we don't call it "table bullying."
The topic must be at the forefront of Magid’s mind – he revisits it in his most recent post on www.safekids.com. “even if you add the word “cyber” to bullying, it’s still bullying. Bullying isn’t caused by technology and it’s not cured by it either. It’s about relationships.
While the media gushes over the increasingly pervasive influence of the Internet in today’s world, Magid’s view serves as a refreshing reminder—behind all of the apps, networks, and devices, people are still people. Bullying didn't begin with the proliferation of the Internet, it simply adopted new forms. The effective fight against cyberbullying is not a fight against the technologies; it's a fight against bullying attitudes.