Frequently Asked Questions…

Q: What is compassion?

A virtue – one in which the emotional capacities of empathy and sympathy (for the suffering of others) are regarded as a part of love itself and a cornerstone of greater social interconnection and humanism.

Q: What is cyber-bullying?

A: Being cruel to others by sending or posting harmful material using technological means; an individual or group that uses information and communication involving electronic technologies to facilitate deliberate and repeated harassment or threat to an individual or group. Also known as: ‘electronic bullying’ and ‘online social cruelty’.

Q: Where does cyber-bullying occur?

A: Cyber-bullying occurs through but is not limited to email, cell phones, texting, instant messaging, defamatory personal websites, defamatory online personal polling websites, chat rooms.

Q: What are some different characteristics of cyber-bullying:

A: “Flaming” – online fights using electronic messages with angry and vulgar language.

“Harassment” – Repeatedly sending offensive, rude, and insulting messages.

“Cyber stalking” – Repeatedly sending messages that include threats of harm or are highly intimidating. Engaging in other online activities that make a person afraid for his or her own safety.

“Denigration” – Dissing someone online. Sending or posting cruel or gossip or rumours about a person to damage her or his reputation or friendships.

“Impersonation” – Pretending to be someone else and sending or posting material online that makes that person look bad, gets that person in trouble or danger, or damages that person’s reputation or friendships.

“Outing and Trickery” – Sharing someone’s secret or embarrassing information online. Tricking someone into revealing secrets or embarrassing information which is then shared online.

“Exclusion” – Intentionally excluding someone from an online group.