Ah, cyberbullying. Right now, it is a very major issue that is widespread. Occasionally, you might hear some people being arrested due to crimes committed online or some cyberbullying victims committing suicide, going into deep depression or having emotional trauma. But, as most people who have no access to computers, cellphones or other devices, ask, “What is Cyberbullying?” According to the National Crime Prevention Council, cyberbullying is “when the Internet, cell phones or other devices are used to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person. Another definition of cyberbullying came from Stopcyberbullying.org, where cyberbullying is defined as “a situation when a child, tween or teen is repeatedly ‘tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted’ by another child or teenager using text messaging, email, instant messaging or any other type of digital technology.” The victims can be of any age, from small children, to grown-up adults. The method that it is done can be in any form, from “hate letters” to threats posted or sent to somebody online or in text. More often than not, cyberbullies do not use their real names. Instead, they use aliases to prevent being reported. It is a very cowardly act since they hide behind these modern day devices to intimidate, harass, or bully other people rather than confront persons concerned face to face. To counter this major problem, these are some methods that can be applied.
1). Report people who you suspect of being cyberbullies or are cyberbullies.
2). Help and protect other people who are victims.
3). Join in drives and awareness programs to help others become aware of these bullies.
4). Encourage others to help instead of bullying people.
Cyberbullying is an emerging menace in cyberspace, so we all have to do our part to help minimize/eradicate this problem. As users of these said technologies, we all have a responsibility to be prudent in our choice of words and the things that we post online, for these little things could could really make an impact on a person’s life. Hopefully, whatever impact we can have on another person would be a positive one, not something that would cause pain nor embarrassment and prove detrimental to that person. This, my friends, is a RESPONSIBILITY that we should all share in.