So if I have to answer it ion yes or no, then yes it’s a very serious problem.
Harassment doesn’t stop being harassment when it’s done digitally. In fact, it’s an unfortunate thing that people have been dealing with harassment through whatever channels people use to communicate long before the invention of the internet. People have had to deal with letters being sent to them, and phone calls – even faxes! – that were all intended for the simple purpose of harassing them.
All the internet has done is facilitate bullying to make it much easier for the bully to harass the victim.
Words hurt. They have an effect no matter how many times we say, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” If we’re subjected to abusive language, we feel hurt – it’s simple human nature.
If someone said to your face, “You’re a stupid waste of space”, you’d feel bad. So, if you read that about yourself online, you’re still going to feel as bad as you would if the bully had spoken to you face to face.
Cyberbullying is real, and is just as serious an issue as in real life bullying is. We should be able to spot the signs of cyberbullying and know how to deal with them as well as we can with bullying.
As people continue to spend more time on the internet and social media, there has been an increase in cyberbullying. Whether the majority of people are aware of it or not, it’s a serious issue that has affected the lives of many people – particularly our youth.
Here are some statistics about cyberbullying that illustrate its prevalence, and what makes it a cause for concern:
I. 43% of today’s kids have been bullied online.
II. Only 1 in 10 victims of cyberbullying will inform a parent or trusted adult that they are being bullied.
III. Victims of cyberbullying are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider committing suicide.
IV. Over 16% of students when dealing with cyberbullying will fight back.
V. Over 15% of these students will avoid school.
VI. Over 5% of students who are victims of cyberbullying will physically fight a bully.
The numbers show that the issue of cyberbullying isn’t something we should take lightly. Even if people over the age of 18 can shrug off minor offenses like name-calling online, the reality is that young people can take these insults to heart. If adults turn away from cyberbullying without acknowledging its repercussions, they are allowing emotional abuse to continue. Look at these stats:
How to tackle a cyber bully who is threatening me?
Here are some tips to save yourself from being a victim of cyberbullying:
- Do not to respond to any cyberbullying threats or comments online. However, do not delete any of the messages. Instead, print out all the messages, including the email addresses or online screen names of the cyberbully. You will need the messages to verify and prove there is cyber bullying.
- For your family , especially with young child ,set rules on usage of internet and social media website. Example: time period for which he can be online, which website he will register, ensure that the age limits are followed diligently.
- Keep the computer in a public part of your home, such as the living room, so that you can check on what your child is doing online and how much time he is spending there.
- In serious case of cyberbullying, take help of local authorities or contact the support team of the website.
- In case of kids, don’t overreact by blaming your children. If they are being bullied, be supportive and understanding. Don’t threaten to take away your children’s computers if they come to you with a problem. This only forces kids to be more secretive.
- Protect the accounts very carefully with the passwords and other information. By protecting the accounts carefully, it will keep the bullies from gaining access to them.
LET US KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY EXPERIENCES OF IT AND HOW YOU TACKLED IT.