My hatred for Cyberbullying has triggered me to share my views about the subject. You may also call it Cyber Harassment or online bullying.
Definition – Cyberbullying
Oxford dictionary defined this evil act as the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature. I’d simply state it as an intentional attempt to hurt a person’s self-esteem through the internet.
It could involve posting rumours, threats, revealing someone’s personal information online without his consent. Someone could cyberbully his classmate who excels academically, and a worker could do the same to his co-worker who recently got promoted. You would agree with me that the prominent and most common form of cyberbullying is HATE SPEECH. Sending posts and cruel rumours and falsehoods to damage reputation and friendship.
Last week, I stumbled upon a post on my Facebook timeline; the anonymous lady posted a picture of a man and stated that the young man was “a fraudster, thief, and one who engages in domestic violence.” She then forwarded the post to her friends and groups.
The real-life story above is an excellent example of Cyberbullying as the accused might be innocent and know nothing about the allegation. Even if the poster finally apologizes, not all those who saw the post would see the apology. Hence, it is almost impossible to redeem his name 100%.
It could result in:
- low-self esteem,
- depression, and
- eventually, suicide.
Think of a time when this happened to you or someone very close to you. How was the experience? A lot of people, especially teenagers, have been bullied online. A few years ago, a sixteen-year-old John was cyberbullied on Facebook for some hours. This event was traumatic for John, and it landed him in a psychiatric ward after developing an acute psychotic break. This promising youngster is still yet to recover fully.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if everyone minds their businesses and tries to make the world more livable, rather than causing more problems? Over the years, suicide has been on the increase (my thought, though). What could be responsible for the increase in suicide cases: Relationship, family, or academic failure? Sure, all these are some of the reasons, but I think Cyberbullying is also a great reason.
One Tyler Clementi committed suicide in 2010 after the sexual encounter he had was allegedly video streamed over the internet, without his knowledge. Tyler’s story is similar to that of a high school girl, Jesse, whose nude was posted online by her boyfriend after they broke up. Her schoolmates started harassing her, she started skipping school, and her grades dropped. Her mother eventually found her dead body after she committed suicide.
This issue affects both young and old, and it has sent some people to their early graves. We should also note that cyberbullying would be on the increase as long as technology advances. Recent research showed that youths spend more time with media than any other activity besides sleeping. It’s, therefore, necessary that we think of its causes and possible solutions.
One of the causes that got to my head right now is ”wickedness”. Some offenders might see it as a funny thing or do it in an attempt to incite fear. Two. Revenge. Victims find it hard to get over it and sought to continue the cycle by bullying other people. Or don’t you think it’s possible?
While it’s arguable that some people developed this bad habit due to boredom; for others, the peer group pressure traps them. ”Most people’s lives are a direct reflection of their peer groups.”- Tony Robbins.
However, I suggest that:
Parents and teachers should educate their children on the numerous effects of Cyberbullying and how to use the internet positively. They should also monitor their children’s activities online and teach them societal values they ought to know. Furthermore, youths should never send their nudes to anybody online. Three, everybody should imbibe the spirit of high-self esteem and strive to be the best in whatsoever they do. I hope Cyberbullying, Cyber Harassment, Online bullying, or whatever name you call it, come to an end.