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Cyberbully = iPredator

Nov 14, 2013 by

 

Cyberbullying Equals iPredator Typology | Education News

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Cyberbully = iPredator

Cyberbullying is defined as a minor’s use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to attack one or more other children verbally or physically, who are unable or unwilling to deescalate the engagement. Given that the vast majority of this abuse occurs in cyberspace, the factors, drives and motivations for cyberbullying are extremely complex. Provided below is a brief introduction to cyberbullying and the Information Age Forensics construct definition, iPredator.

Regarding this writer’s construct of iPredator, cyberbullying falls within the iPredator definition when the aggressor(s) is fully aware of his/her intent, but continues in his/her abusive pattern despite being fully aware that he/she are causing the target child significant distress. In order to classify a child as an iPredator, they must know their behaviors are causing anguish in a target child.

The actual percentage of cyberbullying that occurs without the aggressor’s knowledge of causing target child anguish would be very difficult to compile with high certainty. Many children do inadvertently insult and deprecate other children online without knowing they are doing so thinking they are being humorous and clever. All present estimates on a child’s modus operandi for bullying another child has been derived through interviews and self-report with no accurate way of confirming their honesty. Of those children who are not aware of their abusive actions, they are not included as iPredators or defined using Dark Psychology tenets.

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CYBERBULLY TRIAD

Included in this writer’s two concepts of Dark Psychology and iPredator are those children that are fully aware of their abusive behaviors, but continue to target the victim. There are two sub-groups of children, that iPredator and Dark Psychology addresses as they meet each concept’s criteria. As part of this writer’s pediatric cyberbullying construct, Cyberbully Triad, these two groups are called Righteous Cyberbully & Narcissistic Cyberbully.

The first group of cyberbullies, Righteous Cyberbully, is aware of their actions, understands they are causing the target child distress, understand their actions are wrong, but continues to do so because they believe the target child deserves their assaults. The Righteous Cyberbully feels warranted in his/her actions for reasons including:

I. The target child offended or abused the aggressor in the past from bullying or an isolated aggressive event.

II. The target child offended or abused a peer or loved one close to the aggressor in the past from bullying or an isolated aggressive event.

III. The target child offended the aggressor’s belief system due to their race, religious affiliation, physical presentation, socio economic status, sexuality and any other aspects the aggressor deems offensive, immoral or unjust.

Of all types of cyberbullies, the most concerning and potentially dangerous segment are those children engaged in cyberbullying with full knowledge of their actions, understand the distress they are causing the target child and continue their assaults motivated by sheer malevolent intent. This segment in the Cyberbully Triad is called the Narcissistic Cyberbully. Unlike the group just described, motivations for this group, by blaming the target child or feeling justified based on the target child’s genetic and cultural make up, are not experienced.

These children may verbalize to their peers they are inflicting their wrath upon the victim for reasons described above, but in reality, they are not motivated by these reasons, but by sheer enjoyment of inflicting abuse upon others. Of the total population of cyberbullies, this segment of children are the smallest, but most dangerous to society. Children within this group are the future sociopaths, criminals and psychopaths, which victimize and inflict pain on others as adults, devoid of remorse.

Society will never mandate all children to be evaluated for antisocial and narcissistic personality disorder tendencies, nor is this writer encouraging mandatory assessments for all children. What this writer is pointing out is that cyberbullying is an immoral and destructive behavior that causes the target child serious distress and psychological wounds that can last the rest of their lives. Whether the aggressor is ignorant to their cyberbullying, feels justified by their distorted belief systems, or at the beginning stages of being a future narcissist or sociopath, society must treat all children as having the same potential both as aggressor and as victim.

It is for this reason of never knowing the impact cyberbullying will have upon the aggressor, victim and the community, that consistent and regular education cannot be encouraged enough. The vast majority of children who are cyberbullying and being cyberbullied rarely disclose this information to parents or teachers. As this writer, along with all citizens of the world thrive at the beginning of the Information Age, answers to the questions of the societal impact of cyberbullying will be addressed by future generations. Although briefly discussed above, the definitions of iPredator, iPredator Bridge, Cyberstealth and Dark Psychology are as follows:

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IPREDATOR

iPredator: A person, group, or nation who, directly or indirectly, engages in exploitation, victimization, coercion, stalking, theft, or disparagement of others using Information and Communications Technology (ICT). iPredators are driven by deviant fantasies, desires for power and control, retribution, religious fanaticism, political reprisal, psychiatric illness, perceptual distortions, peer acceptance or personal and financial gain. iPredators can be any age or gender and are not bound by economic status, race, religion, or national heritage.

iPredator is a global term used to distinguish anyone who engages in criminal, coercive, deviant, or abusive behaviors using ICT. Central to the construct is the premise that Information Age criminals, deviants and the violently disturbed are psychopathological classifications new to humanity. Whether the offender is a cyberbully, cyberstalker, cyber harasser, cybercriminal, online sexual predator, cyber terrorist or engaged in internet defamation or nefarious cyber deception, they fall within the scope of iPredator. The three criteria used to define an iPredator include:

I. A self-awareness of causing harm to others, directly or indirectly, using ICT.

II. The use of ICT to obtain, tamper with, exchange and deliver harmful information.

III. A general understanding of Cyberstealth used to engage in criminal or deviant activities or to profile, identify, locate, stalk and engage a target.

If a child aggressor, cyberbully,  meets these three criteria, they fit the iPredator profile. Further confirming the child’s iPredator status is if they are adept at engaging in Cyberstealth briefly defines below.

Unlike human predators prior to the Information Age, iPredators rely on the multitude of benefits offered by Information and Communications Technology (ICT). These assistances include exchange of information over long distances, rapidity of information exchanged and the seemingly infinite access to data available. Malevolent in intent, iPredators rely on their capacity to deceive others using ICT in the abstract and artificial electronic universe known as cyberspace. Therefore, as the internet naturally offers all ICT users anonymity, if they decide, iPredators actively design online profiles and diversionary tactics to remain undetected and untraceable.

Cyberstealth, a sub-tenet of iPredator, is a covert method by which iPredators attempt to establish and sustain complete anonymity while they engage in ICT activities planning their next assault, investigating innovative surveillance technologies or researching the social profiles of their next target. Concurrent with the concept of Cyberstealth is iPredator Victim Intuition (IVI). An iPredators IVI is their aptitude to sense a target’s ODDOR (Offline Distress Dictates Online Response), online & offline vulnerabilities, psychological weaknesses, technological limitations, increasing their success of a cyber-attack with minimal ramifications.

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“Malevolent in intent, iPredators rely on their capacity to deceive others using information technology in the abstract and artificial electronic universe known as cyberspace. Therefore, as the internet naturally offers all ICT users anonymity, if they decide, iPredators actively design online profiles and diversionary tactics to remain undetected and untraceable.” Michael Nuccitelli Psy.D. C.F.C., iPredator Inc. (2013)

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