Deepfakes are digitally altered images or videos that appear to be real or legitimate. They can be lighthearted or funny in memes, but also have the potential to harm if used to misrepresent or incriminate someone. A mom was recently accused of creating and sharing deepfakes of her daughter’s cheer squad showing the team “falsely drinking, vaping, or posing nude.” This appears to have been an apparent attempt to get them kicked off of the squad. The images were sent… Read More →
Social media is not the only place where online harassment happens. Pew Research Center recently shared an article listing other locations where cyberbullying often occurs: Social Media, Forum or discussion sites, texting or messaging apps, Online gaming platforms, Personal Email accounts, and online dating sites or apps.
According to a study by L1GHT, cyberbullying has increased by 70% since the start of COVID-19. We have mentioned the uptick in cases of online harassment throughout the pandemic, but 70% is still staggering.
The man accused of cyberbullying Amanda Todd appeared in court on February 12th, facing five charges related to online harassment. The charges include extortion, possession of child pornography, communication with a young person to commit a sexual offense, and criminal harassment (according to BC Prosecution Service). His next court appearance is set for April 12. Todd died by suicide in 2012 after her private photos were posted online.
1 in 4 children says that cyberbullying has worsened in lockdown. With more screen time comes more opportunities to encounter bullying or harassment online.