Cyberbullying - A silent killer

Updated: Aug 11, 2020

Whether we like it or not, bullying has been around since ages and unfortunately still exist. It’s always the stronger ones who prey upon the weak, but it has evolved with the rise of technology and taken the form of Cyberbullying.



What is Cyberbullying?


Cyberbullying is the bullying which is done through digital devices such as mobiles, computers/laptops or tablets. Sending, sharing or posting mean, harmful or false information about someone defines bullying. Cyberbullying extends to online gaming, as well.



What are the different types of Cyberbullying?

Cyber-bullying can be broadly categorised as follows:

i) Flaming: Using inappropriate or vulgar language to attack someone

ii) Harassing: Repeatedly sending inappropriate, hateful, and hurtful messages

iii) Outing: Sharing a victim’s secret or personal information in a public forum

iv) Exclusion: Intentionally and publicly excluding a victim from a group and tormenting him/her/them after exclusion

v) Impersonation: Posing as someone for the purposes of damaging someone’s reputation, inviting attack, or sharing real or fabricated information about him/her/ them

vi) Stalking: When someone following anyone electronically and sending targeted messages with the intention of scaring, harming, or intimidating him/her/them


Facts and types of cyber bullying
Cyber Bullies kill people’s soul.

if you observe restlessness, sleep disorder, Considerable increase or decrease in your child’s usage of gadgets like mobile, tablet or laptop, deleting old social media account opening new one, seems depressed or lost, hiding of the device screen when others are close by, then it is about time that you exercise caution and monitor your child’s online activities. Cyberbullying impacts sleeping habits, Being connected to peers and family helps reduce cyberbullying

It is rightly said, “ words scar, rumours destroy and bullies kill.” Cyberbullying can hurt feelings, give the victim anxiety, frustration, trust issues, and poor academic performance. Some other effects of cyberbullying are anger, depression, shame, fear, low self-esteem, and suicidal tendencies. The victim can also, develop a habit to cyberbully others in this period of time in which they are cyberbullied.


Let’s now discuss why is cyberbullying so hurtful?


The insults sent or posted by the bully can be seen again and again so the harm that is done is re-Inflicted over and overall again. The size of the audience also plays a huge role in this, as the more the number of people watching that post the more humiliating it’s going to be for the victim. Now as you know these kinds of insulting posts go viral after a day or so; and many people who watched that post would be of their own school so all of the people with whom they had a connection with is going to be so embarrassed to have a friend like them along with your family members and finally…they!!! According to a study 1 in 20 of these teenagers suicide or do self-harm.Do you know 7 in 10 young people experience cyberbullying before they reach the age of 18?

New Report Shows Indian Kids are the Most Cyberbullied in the World followed by Brazil and USA.

Long lasting effect of cyberbullying
It only takes one click to ruin a kid’s life. So think before such an action.

How to deal with Cyberbullying?


Now let’s not get distracted by these jaw-dropping facts and continue towards possible check and balances.

1. THINK before posting/commenting anything online as whatever you post or comment are read by real people. Here by THINK I mean ( Is it True? Is it Helpful? Is it Inspiring? Is it Necessary? Is it Kind? )

2. Anything you post/write on the web is public, so be careful posting any personal/unnecessary information. Do not share your deep concerns or private life with online friends as this can be used to make fun of you, or embarrass you. Your teachers or future employers or even relatives can make a perception about you based on what you posts.

3. Never ever share your password, name, address or other credential with anyone as they can figure out who you are based on these information. Keep your real identity private to maximise your account security.

4. Must use two-factor authentication to secure your account

5. Parents must be patient to earn the trust and respect of their kids so that they can feel open to share their feelings without hesitation..

6. Teach and Practice Netiquette

7. Try to be connected with child’s real and online friends so that you can have a sense of what is going on in their lives

8. You may use software to monitor your child’s activity if he is a minor

9. Most important always LISTEN to your child and listen well

STAY HEALTHY, STAY SAFE


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