Technology is an integral part of our lives today and we cannot imagine our lives being run, staying away from it. However, like every medicine, technology has its side-effects because it provides everyone a platform to do their deeds – good or bad! In today’s world, technology is accessible to kids at an age earlier than they are ready to handle the pitfalls and threats that it poses if not used with right intentions.
What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is one of the fastest growing crime which has its victims at every age, majority being young kids & teenagers. Cyberbullying, by definition, is the use of electronic communication mediums, such as text messages, emails, social media, internet forums or chat rooms to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person. A bully can use harsh, mean, or cruel language on Social media, emails or text to harass someone OR impersonate a victim online to hurt or embarrass another person. Studies suggests that about 1 in 4 teens have been the victims of cyberbullying, and about 1 in 6 admit to having cyberbullied someone.
How to stop Cyberbullying?
First step is to recognize the bullying. If you are a victim, you should stop the communication with the bully immediately as soon as you feel uncomfortable with any of the conversations. As a parent & teacher, you should observe a change in behaviour of the kid or their sudden change in amount of time being spent on internet, as signs. Second, you should keep records of everything. It is easy to keep record of electronic communication and it is important to document it as a proof against the bully. Last & the most important, report to your closest support, a friend, parents and teachers. In majority of cases, bullies are from your real world, people you already know. By reporting and sharing, you can also help save others being a victim to the same bully.
Our government and law is with us to stop this silent crime! Read more: https://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/what-is-it/index.html