Cyberbullying is the act of harassing and threatening someone over the internet. It can occur via social sites, posts, emails, chats etc. Cyberbullies or rather cybercriminals can get misunderstood information spread across thousands of people. And it is just a matter of minutes when this information is circulated.
Kids could believe everything and anything that they read. But nowadays cyberbullying is not just limited to kids but teens and adults are also falling into its trap. It is possible that the bully won’t be caught when they cyberbully the victim if the latter remains quite regarding the harassment. It is also possible that bully can call other people to join in harassing the victim leading to dire consequences.
Consequences of bullying depend upon the nature of the bullying. Some common consequences are depression, unwillingness to go to school, insomnia and even suicidal tendencies in extreme cases. Cyberbullying can cause disaster in the life of the victim. Research presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting revealed the number of children admitted to hospitals for attempted suicide or expressing suicidal thoughts doubled between 2008 and 2015. Much of the rise is linked to an increase in cyberbullying.
One of the famous cases that appeared in a famous online bullying forum- A 15-year-old immigrant, Phoebe Prince committed suicide by hanging herself as she was cyberbullied. The sources reported that she could not handle the harassment and took this severe step of ending her life.
Parents and teachers play a crucial role in the upbringing of a child. Therefore, the first need is to educate yourself. If parents and teachers have up-to-date information about what cyberbullying is, how and where it occurs, and what type of experiences people have.
When it comes to children, both parents and teachers at school must educate them regarding cyberbullying & the ill effects. Some of the tactics to stop cyberbullying are:
With these effective ways to stop cyberbullying, you can prevent your children from cyberbullies.
This blog has been updated with latest stats and facts.