Rise of Cyber Bullying in America
Technology has brought many changes to the world, and for the most part made life more efficient and enjoyable. Unfortunately there have also been many drawbacks to the rise of technology, it has lead to a phenomenon called cyber bullying in America. Cyber bullying is like traditional bullying where a person is picked on by someone else, but it happens online. The causes are pretty much the same as traditional bullying but the results can definitely cause a permanent rift in the life of those being bullied and those doing the bullying.
Why People Bully
When a person feels powerless, often then project their behavior onto someone else. Traditionally it was the socially different or weaker people that the bullies would single out, and the bullying would take place around their interactions around school, on the bus or in between classes. This bullying hurt people and was a significant cry for help, but it was often left unheard and the bullies and the victims of bullying suffered significantly. When someone went home they were free from bullying and it didn’t follow them throughout their lives.
Today Bullying is Constant
With the advent of cyber bullying there is no break or safe haven for those being bullied. It can occur constantly throughout the day and follow a person constantly. There have been cases of cyber bullying where the person doing the bullying went to the extreme of following the person to another town. Online bullying can take place over great distances and can hurt a person’s reputation for a long time to come.
Often times, cyber bullying provides a bit of anonymity to the bully so they feel like they can say things that they would never consider saying to anyone face to face. However with no face to face confrontation involved there can be many things said which are very hurtful. There have been instances where the cyber bullying has gotten so bad that it led to suicide. The bullies do not get off without repercussions, because they are clearly in need of help, and feel powerless in their lives, but no help can reach them.
Bullying is an age old problem and can destroy lives. Cyber bullying has added the use of technology to the mix. This has made it much more difficult to combat the bullying and also much more difficult to help address the issues that cause bullying. All adults agree that any bullying is wrong and should be eliminated but without the proper supervision by all parents it is unlikely to stop. Real damage can be done and is being done each and every day.
Cyber bullying is a bullying in which happens through text messages or emails online. This is where someone posts rumors on social site such as face book, Twitter and others .one will attempt to conceal the identity of his/her self by making fake profiles or websites and share pictures having defamatory messages and even share private information which embarrasses the person being bullied. Bullying will be done through teasing, talking to make someone to get hurt, and spread rumors. The person being bullied will feel Alone, powerless, different, unpopular, sad, feel sick or may even make the bullied to bully others too. This can happen any where depending on the surrounding environment, learning institutions, towns, cities, suburbs or rural towns. Groups such as youth, bisexual persons, lesbians, gays, disable people and socially isolated persons are mostly subjected to this kind of bullying. Bullying can also affect those who witness as it is linked to negative outcomes such as mental health, drug abuse and even cause suicide. It’s more important to know the effect of cyber-bullying and take precaution prevent occurrences. Noticing signs is the first step in taking action against it.
The person being bullied will be noticed when one appears to be angry, depressed or get frustrated after using electronic device or computer. The person gets to be uneasy about going to social places or events, avoids discussions about what he or she is doing, may even withdraw abnormally from usual friends or family members. Either unexpectedly stops using computer or other electronic devices.
What you should do when you notice such behavior, is to assess how the bullying is impacting on the person and seek therapeutic and emergency help. Talk to the person affected about steps he or she can take to protect him or herself both physically and emotionally. Communicate and explain that he or she is not to take blame and that they are being loved. Involve police if the bullying is criminal or you suspect it might become. Criminal activities can be; threats, extortion, harassing text messages or phone calls, child pornography, sexual exploitation, stalking or taking a photo image of someone in private places. It’s good to encourage that person not to respond to cyber-bullying. Save the messages or photos as evidence. Try to find the identity of who might be the bully. If the bully is anonymous, seek help from the internet service provider if possible. report the bullying to the relevant authorities .officials may intervene to prevent and bring culprits to the book. Use your best judgment and approach the situation with caution. You may even contact an attorney in extreme cases. Encourage the person to take part in extracurricular activities that highlights his or her strengths