What is Cyber Bullying

What is cyberbullyingCyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology and platforms.  Electronic technology platforms includes smart phones, tablets, computers and platforms may include social media and chatrooms like Facebook, Instagram, Snap Chat, etc. 

Examples of cyberbullying include:

  • Mean Text Messages or Emails
  • Rumors sent by email or posted on social media sites
  • Embarrassing pictures, videos, websites
  • Fake Social Profiles

Why Cyberbullying is Different:

Kids who are being cyberbullied are often bullied in person as well.  Additionally, kids who are cyberbullied have a harder time getting away from the behavior. 

Cyberbullying can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  It can happen any time of the day or night. 

  • Cyberbullying messages and images can be posted anonymously and distributed quickly to a very wide audience.  IT can be difficult and sometimes impossible to trace the source. 
  • Deleting inappropriate or harassing messages, texts, and pictures is extremely difficult after they have been posted or sent. 

Effects of Cyberbullying

Cell phones and computers themselves are no to blame for cyberbullying

Social meda sites can be used for positive activites, like connecting kids with friends and family, helping students with school and for entertainment. 

But...

These tools can also be used to hurt other people. Whether done in person or through technology, the effects of bullying are similar.  Kids who are cyberbullied are more likely to: 

  • Receive Poor Grades
  • Skip School
  • Have Lower Self-Esteem
  • Experience In-Person Bullying
  • Have More Health Issues
  • Use Drugs and Alcohol

If you're a victim of cyberbullying or know anyone who is one, don't remain silent but seek for help from a trusted counselor

Somnath Sikdar
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