What are the causes and effect of cyberbullying?

What are the causes and effect of cyberbullying?

What is Cyberbullying?

Today we all are connected to the internet and new technology; there was a time when we don’t even imagine about talking to a person sitting in a different country, but today we can see a person as well as we can communicate with them easily, the internet has open new opportunities and possibilities as well as new danger. So while scrolling social media suddenly you see a message “GO KILL YOURSELF” you don’t deserve to live on this planet as you are so ugly, these type of embarrassing message posted on social media is known as cyberbullying.

Traditional Bullying vs. Cyberbullying

You may think both are fairly similar, but the difference is like night and day for today’s kids and teen. Although similar to “traditional” bullying in terms of form and technique, cyberbullying plays out in intense ways where victims are defenceless and are exposed to the bullying at home.

Let’s know deep about cyberbullying and how we are involved?

It is a misuse of information technology to harass or harm people online. Here a teen or child is repeatedly hurt, embarrass humiliated by another child or teenager using email, text message, or any type of digital technology. It’s ragging, which occurs online. Cyberbullying is a painful and uncomfortable truth. Nobody wants to talk about this, Nobody even wants to admit that it exists, and this black truth leaves a scar on the victim for a lifetime.

Online threat increased by 96.22%, 106 cases in 2015 to 208 in 2016. Cases of unjust
vexation spiked by 39.39% from 33 in 2015 to 46 in 2016. According to the Hindustan Times survey, you will be shocked to know that India ranks 3 in Cyberbullying after China and Singapore.

The survey indicated that 22% of children reported mean or unfriendly treatment, 29% were made fun of or teased, and 25% were called mean names.
Around 9.2% of 630 adolescents surveyed in the Delhi-National Capital Region had experienced cyberbullying.
22.4% of respondents (aged 13-18 years) who used the internet for longer than three hours a day were vulnerable to online bullying, while up to 28% of respondents who used the internet for more than four hours a day faced cyberbullying,

Cyberbullying Stats

  • Only 38% of cyberbullying victims are willing to admit it to their parents.
  • 34% of kids in the US have experienced cyberbullying at least once.
  • Cyberbullying victims are 1.9 times more likely to commit suicide.
  • 210 out of 1000 victims of bullying are high school girls with different skin color.
  • 68% of children that have gone through online harassment have experienced mental health issues.
  • 42% of LGBT youth have experienced cyberbullying.
  • 33% of teenagers have sent explicit images or text to someone else at least once.
  • 66% of female victims have feelings of powerlessness because of cyberbullying.

Let’s talk about one game a suicide game app was launched thoroughly on the social media platform. The game lasts for 50 days, including daily cruel task. Teens who involve in this game has to give life on the 50th Day task.
Can you guess the name of the app??

Its Bluewhale challenging app.

Now I have a question for you?

  1. Have you ever was called mean names, made fun of, or teased in a hurtful way?
  2. Have people left you out of things on purpose, excluded you from their group of friends, or completely ignored?
  3. Have people told lies or spread false rumors about you and tried to make others dislike you?
  4. Did someone send you mean instant messages, wall postings, emails and text messages, or post to make fun of you?

If, for any of the questions you have answered ‘yes,’ then you are the victim of cyberbullying.

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Most common cyberbullying examples:

Exclusion: It is an instance of leaving someone out on purpose and is one of the most common ways of teen cyberbullying.

Harassment: It involves the bully sending offensive and malicious messages with a intention of doing harm to someone.

Body Shaming: Criticism or Mocking of someone based on the shape, size, or appearance.

Fraping: Somebody logs into your social networking account and impersonates by posting
inappropriate content in their name.

Masquerading: Bully creates a fake profile online with the sole purpose of cyberbullying

Dissing: Spreading cruel information about their target through public posts or private

Tricking: Gaining trust of victim so that they reveal secrets or embarrassing information, which is then shared online.

Cyberstalking: Repeatedly sending messages that include threats of harm or are highly intimidating.

Effects of cyberbullying

Cyberbullying affects people of any age, including children, teens, and adults, who all feel very distressed and alone. Bullied children and young adults often lose out on quality learning, as they are unable to come to school or college in the right state of mind. They are too shy to explain the situation; they can experience depression and anxiety, and feelings of sadness and loneliness changes eating and sleeping pattern changes. These issues may pass into adulthood; many health complaints start occurring and in the worst case, they may go for suicide.

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Kids who bully other kids also engage in violent and other risky behaviour into adulthood; they use drugs and abuse alcohol, they love to fights, destructing properties and they can also be dropped out from school, they may engage in any sexual activity, they may have criminal convictions, after marriage they can be very abusive among their parent’s, partners, friends and children.

Here’s again, a question arose that why BULLYING kids like to hide?

To make things even worse teenagers don’t openly talk to their parents about the problem,
they are very shy and hesitate to speak anything about this, that’s why they keep it to
themselves they also thought that they would be judged ignored and banned from accessing gadgets such as phone laptop-tablet, etc. Bully kids like to work in a group; it keeps them feeling stronger; that’s why it is hard to identify whether kids are bullied or not.

Proposal to stop Cyberbullying

All in all, Cyberbullying is a widespread issue in our society that destroys many students’ lives and futures. If our society continues to ignore this issue without taking action, It may be impossible to stop, and it may never stop due to the advancement of our technology, but with the help of our society, we can slow it down and decrease statistics over time. So what can be the solution for Cyberbullying?

How to Prevent Cyberbullying in 8 Simple Steps

  1. Parent or teacher should consider any such reported incident with seriousness and offer complete support to the victim.
  2. Elders should reinforce positive behaviour if any cases of bullying are observed.
  3. Teacher must provide active awareness about cybersecurity.
  4. Avoid judging children both bully and the victim help them understand the scenario and effect of bullying instead.
  5. Report to an anti-bullying committee in the school as they have authority to warned, suspend or rusticate the bullies.
  6. Ask your child to tighten up the security and privacy setting.
  7. Get law enforcement involved if there are threats, sexually explicit images, etc.
  8. Save the evidence to show someone who can help.

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Cyberbullying is a serious issue, and it can be long term effects on victim as technology will become an increasingly large part of our daily life so it is our duty to recognise the dangers of cyberbullying and proper steps need to be taken to prevent it; we all should work together to make the internet a safe place and a more rewarding online environment can be created for children.

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Sauhard Lashkari
Sauhard is currently pursuing MBA-HR from IIT Kharagpur. He is an HR enthusiastic individual who has a passion for technology and experience that includes e-Commerce Strategy, Digital Marketing, Social Media Strategy, Search Engine Optimisation. He has successfully helped his first organization in digital marketing using SEO, SEM. He has outranked big websites for the high competitive keyword using advanced SEO. A self-motivated, proactive, good listener and social worker working for an NGO and seeking to learn new technology and processes quickly and applying critical thinking and resourcefulness to solve problems and help in business growth
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