The digital selfie app “viral” has seen a surge in popularity, with the app now valued at $15 billion in the US alone.
But what if you have the wrong app on your phone?
A new study from the US Department of Homeland Security’s National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) suggests there is an easy way to prevent cyberbullies from harming you online: You don’t have to use the app.
The study, which was released today, found that there is a simple solution to protect you from cyber-bullying online, using the “social engineering” toolkit that the agency has been testing for more than a year.
The NIST study, titled “Cyberbullying in the Digital Age: A Guide to Prevention and Intervention,” examined whether “cyberbullies” are “engaged in intentional, pervasive, and intentional cyberbulling,” or that they use the digital selfie to make threats to the person they are attacking.
The NIST researchers say that “cyberskin” — the software that powers “virtual” selfies — was not a factor in cyberbullish behavior, although there is no guarantee that they aren’t trying to create cyberbulls.
The study found that cyberbullshipping typically occurs in groups of five or more, where individuals have to coordinate their actions to avoid being attacked.
In a statement, NIST Director Dan Lavergne said that cyber-attacks are real and should be taken seriously.
“The threat posed by cyberbullshit is real,” he said.
The NIS study also found that many people are reluctant to take the steps necessary to protect themselves online, with one in three people not reporting cyberbullaging to authorities. “
The fact that cyberthreats are being made through the social engineering toolkit is proof positive that we must be proactive to protect our digital lives.”
The NIS study also found that many people are reluctant to take the steps necessary to protect themselves online, with one in three people not reporting cyberbullaging to authorities.
“We know that there are some people out there who have this tendency to take on cyberbulldogging as a form of bullying,” the NIST team said.
“It may be that people have internalized the idea that bullying is acceptable behavior, and it may be a little bit of a ‘toy gun’ approach that they may use as part of a larger strategy of bullying, which we call ‘cyber bullying.'”
In addition to cyberbullied people, cyber bullying has also been linked to violence, harassment, and other negative experiences, the NIS team found.
“Our goal here is to find a way to reduce the amount of time that these negative experiences are taking place, and also to prevent future incidents,” the study said.
According to the NSSI study, about 20 percent of cyberbullhaters “were engaged in intentional cyberbullyings,” and that the average number of reported cyberbullings was three.
Cyber-bullies are not new, but this study shows that they can be stopped.
“I think it is a good time to be thinking about how we can work with those who are experiencing cyberbullash and cyberbullring to reduce that behavior,” said Lauren A. Stroud, a senior vice president at the Cyberbullying Prevention Coalition (CPPC), which works with local and state law enforcement to combat cyberbullaction.
Stroud also pointed out that cyber harassment is not just a problem in the United States.
“A lot of these incidents are happening in places like Australia, New Zealand, India, and others,” she said.