What is Cyberbullying and How to respond?


Cyberbullying is bullying someone by using an electronic medium such as social media, SMS, messaging app or email to harass or intimidate a victim. Cyberbullying is more frequent in children, but some high school or even college kids experience it. Easy access to anonymous messaging apps also influence teenagers to bully someone without identifying himself, and it makes it very difficult for victim to identify who is doing it.

How to protect yourself from Cyberbullying?

Cyber bully may have begun for many reasons, but as a victim, you may not know why and how it started. It could be from hatred, jealousy or maybe for reasons you may never expect. Some people get mad for small things, and those minor things can turn into something major. To protect yourself from cyberbullying, you treat others just like how you want to be treated. When you see bullying, help the victim by being kind and be able to stand up for that person just like you hope others to do the same if you become a victim of cyber bully.

Bullying with disguised identity

As kids getting older, they become increasingly tech-savvy and smarter at disguising their identity and harass someone without knowing the consequences. It is extremely easy for someone to hide their identity, but extremely difficult for a victim to find the culprit. The anonymous messaging apps do contribute to the growth of cyberbully, and the government authorities can't do much about it. It is unfortunate to see anonymous messaging apps, and social media sites such as the facebook and twitter became the platform for bullying people.

The fact that anyone can disguise themselves and craft hateful messages to distress and aggravate the victims without any accountability is mind-boggling. Hiding behind a scene with anonymity to send hurtful messages is a loser, but young adults don't often realize such cowardly action is a crime.

What can you do about Cyber Bully?

As a victim of a cyberbully, you may be frustrated, angered and even discouraged at things you do. If you express those behaviors, you're helping the culprit as that's what the person bullying you want to see. There are many who suffer from Cyberbully, and you're not alone. It is easier to be said than done, but the following should be responses to cyberbully.

  • Ignore the bully and DO NOT respond. By responding to their bully, you're helping them achieve their intentions.
  • Get Help from adults or authorities. Reach out to your parents, teachers, and authorities to let them know what you're going through and get help from the people who can help you.
  • Keep a record of all messages received. If you need help from adults or authorities, you'll need a record of what you received, when it was received and how it was delivered. If you can capture screen or photos posted, it will be helpful to investigate (if needed).
  • Block phone numbers, emails, and social media posts if you know the culprit. Or, you may even stop using Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Don't let cyber bully affect your lifestyle. The person who is bullying you may be jealous, envious or even admire you but they are bullying you because they don't have the wonderful traits you have. The person bullying you is the one with the problem, not you so there is no reason to be down. Instead of dealing with hiding haters, enjoy your life with someone you trust and love.

Conclusion

Cyberbullying is one of the biggest problems we see in youth and young adults, and many have committed suicide from suffering cyber bully. The lawful legislation doesn't provide enough protection to victims, and victims by themselves cannot combat against cyberbullying. As a member of the cyber community, we all have to get involved in eliminating cyber bully and make the Internet better place to hang out.

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