What is cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is the use of digital-communication tools (such as the Internet and cell phones) to make another person feel angry, sad, or scared, usually again and again. (Learn about the different roles kids play in a cyberbullying situation.)
Examples of cyberbullying include sending hurtful texts or instant messages, posting embarrassing photos or videos on social media, and spreading mean rumors online or with cell phones.
If you’re trying to figure out whether your kid is being cyberbullied, think about whether the offender is being hurtful intentionally and repeatedly. If the answer is no, the offender might simply need to learn better online behavior. If the answer is yes, take it seriously.
Reasons why people cyber bully
Anonymity—Cyberbullying allows bullies to avoid facing their victims, so it requires less courage and provides the illusion that bullies won’t get caught.
Ignorance of the consequences—The National Council on Crime Prevention reports that in a survey of teenagers, 81% said they believe others cyberbully because they think it’s funny. Because they don’t see their victims’ reactions in person, cyberbullies may not realize how much damage they are doing.
Social pressure—Some cyberbullies may think their behavior is normal and socially acceptable, especially when friends egg them on.
Tips to overcome cyber bullying
- Never Respond- Do not reply to anything that has been said or retaliate by doing the same thing back. Saying something nasty back or posting something humiliating in revenge may make matters worse or even get you into trouble.
- Screenshot- If you can, take a screenshot of anything that you think could be cyberbullying and keep a record of it on your computer.
- Block and report-Most online platforms have this function, make sure you block and report the offending users to the appropriate social media platform.
- Talk about it-You may not feel it at the time, but cyberbullying affects you in many different ways. You are not alone. Talking to somebody about bullying not only helps you seek support but it documents evidence and will take a huge weight from your shoulders.
- Sympathize- Always remember that happy and secure people do not bully others. People who bully are going through a difficult time themselves and will often need a lot of help and support.
Written by: Unnati Shekhar, Srihitha Suryadevara
Idea’s by: Ayaan Ali Syed