Social Media And Cyber Bullying

Social Media And Cyber Bullying

Bullying has been in existence for many years now. However, children always felt safe within the four walls of their house. Due to the growth of smartphones and the rapid increase in social media platforms, online platforms have now become the place where bullying happens. 

Children no longer feel safe within the four walls of their home due to cyberbullying which occurs on various social media platforms

What Is Cyberbullying

The terminology used is ‘CyberBullying’, also known as online bullying. Cyberbullying is harassment using electronic means. It can occur over social media platforms, chat rooms, gaming platforms, etc. Moreover, it has become increasingly common among teenagers nowadays due to their exposure to the digital sphere from an early age. Around 10 per cent adolescent internet users were subjected to cyber-bullying and one out of the two among them reported such incidents; a recent study by Child Rights and You, an NGO, found. 

Different Types Of Cyberbullying On Social Media:

As a result of technology improvement, different types of social media platforms emerged. Additionally, there are now different types of cyberbullying.

Harassment On Social Media:

The use of text messages, emails, etc to harass, embarrass someone. Harassment online is a common form of cyberbullying. Many engage in social media wars by spamming the ‘report’ button of the target’s page to remove the page. Moreover, bullies tend to text attack a victim by spamming them with horrid texts. As a result of such attacks, it will cause emotional distress to the victim as they realized that they no longer can run away from their bullies.

Impersonating Someone On Social Media:

Stealing someone’s identity has always been considered a crime. However, impersonating someone and using their identity to send out hateful remarks is legally as well as morally wrong.

People tend to impersonate someone online to lure someone into a relationship. Admittedly, some even post pictures of the victim so as to make the profile look authentic. Some use fake identities to befriend people on the internet. First, they gain their trust and encourage them to share private details. Later, they will request them to come and meet them and when they finally do meet; it is not the same person as the victim thought them to be.

Creating Websites Or Polls:

Creating websites or polls specifically targeted to spread rumors or hate messages at one person is also a form of cyberbullying. Bullies will put up photographs to slut-shame girls or to ridicule them. Polls such as ‘who is more ugly?’ or ‘who is fatter?’ are held.

Engaging In Subtweeting:

This is a form of cyberbullying where the bully doesn’t use the victim’s name. However, the posts, tweets, etc will have a subtle inclination towards who the bully is referring to which will be understood by the victim as well the other viewers. Many people assume that since the name of the victim wasn’t mentioned, it isn’t considered cyberbullying. They are incorrect on this assumption.

Conclusion:

Cyberbully involves the use of smartphones, social media platforms, etc. These are just weapons, the real problem is the people. People have a choice. Restricting someone’s access to the digital world will not protect them from cyberbullying. Someone will just create a ‘fake account’ and impersonate them online.

In conclusion, one should educate themselves and their children about cyberbullying and being responsible when they are on social media. Talk about the risks of cyberbullying and how it is important to make smart decisions online. Importantly, remember to be kind to one another. If you think this blog has been helpful, visit our website for more blogs on various topics.

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