I grew up in a passive lifestyle where if somebody was threatening me, I’d walk away and look like the bigger man (mostly because I’m a horrible fighter). Thankfully, that trait has carried on with me onto the Internet world and I’ve always resisted the need to feed a troll or respond to harsh comments. For some people though, that choice is not an option and they find themselves stressed out on a daily basis due to cyber-bullying. It might sound easy to just tell the people being bullied to get off Facebook or block the bully but in a way, that’s still falling prey to the cyber-bullying. People really do take two sides of the fence on this important issue: Those who think that cyber-bullying is a punishable offense that ruins lives or others who say that it’s not an important issue at all.
What Is Cyber-Bullying
Cyber-Bullying is the use of technical gadgets to harass or intimidate somebody else. These tactics can include sending threatening messages over Facebook, creating fake profiles with false information about somebody, repeated text messages of cruel nature and other harmful acts. Many times the result of cyber-bullying will throw students into a downward spiral and they’ll become more persistently withdrawn from classmates and their family. In extreme cases, the victim of cyber bullying will often see no way out and will either take their own life or exact revenge on those responsible.
Is Cyber-Bullying Real?
If the question is whether or not cyber-bullying actually exists than it’s definitely a yes. Bullying has probably been around since a weaker, skinnier caveman was left behind to make fruit salad while the “alpha males” went out and hunted bison. Today the anonymity of the Internet has escalated the bullying into unprecedented levels. Bullies themselves have some obvious internal issues and many of them don’t have the guts to stand up to somebody in person. Now, those bullies can execute their passions in the comfort of their own home under the cloak of the web. How much cyber-bullying effects a person is kind of what’s up for debate. It’s hard to justify a mean Facebook message as something that would cause somebody turmoil but everybody’s makeup is a little different. Cyber-bullying stories exist and there are millions of them.
Why Do People Fall Prey To Cyber Bullying
It’s easy for anybody to say that cyber-bullying isn’t real, especially if they’ve never experienced it. The truth is it’s easy for adults to forget how cruel high school could be. Everybody felt left out of a party invitation or felt self-conscious about an outfit at one time. I even cried in front of the whole gymnasium just for fouling out of a basketball game in junior high school. Young adults have a lot of issues going on in their bodies with hormones and changes and even Brad Pitt or Kate Upton probably went through that awkward stage. It’s easy to have low self-esteem in high school or junior high and if a bully sense that, they’ll pounce on it. We all know now that things will get better but when you’re in the moment, the future seems light years away.
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Is Cyber Bullying Only Against Young People?
Cyber-bullying statistics show that this terror is ageless so absolutely not. In fact I’d go so far as to say adults are just as responsible for this ‘epidemic’ as the whipper-snappers. The thing is, as adults we might be more inclined to consider something an office prank rather than cyber-bullying. Would Dwight Schrute be considered a cyber-bullying victim at the hands of Jim Halpert on The Office? Still there are plenty of cases of people creating fake profiles for online dating or manipulating adults in other ways.
How To Deal With Cyber Bullying
If you feel like you’re being cyber-bullied, the best thing to do is block the bully from everything including Facebook, Twitter, cell-phones, blogs, and more. Sometimes when the troll isn’t fed, it goes elsewhere for food and will leave you alone. If the bully persists, then perhaps it’s time to tell somebody, whether it be your parents, police, a supervisor, a teacher. Remember to document the harassing texts and messages so that you have evidence of the cyber bullying. Some people feel that ‘tattling’ will only provoke the intimidator but cyber-bullying isn’t taken lightly in this day and age.
The Other Side Of The Fence
Proponents of the cyber-bullying era say it’s simply a part of growing up. They say that it’s a natural progression in a young person and if people don’t like it they should just delete their Facebook. That’s like saying if somebody you work with is being a jerk you should just succumb and quit your job. Another number thrown out there is that only about 15% of Internet users have experienced cyber-bullying but is that still too many? Jerks are going to be jerks, whether on the Internet or in space or in our home towns.
No matter what your stance on cyber-bullying, I think everybody should have the opportunity to go online in peace without being stressed out on a daily basis due to the actions of others. You should also be allowed to cry while fouling out at a basketball without it being posted to YouTube. If you are being cyber bullied, remember that it won’t last forever and someday you’ll find a way to monetize that embarrassing YouTube video.
Source: Bullying Statistics