Internet and social media platforms are a commonality that is bringing generations together. We are in constant touch with our loved ones. Other advantage of such a vast web of the internet is the amount of information available. We can look for anything and everything we need or want. The search engines are available in almost all countries and in various languages. The information, too, is available in various languages which makes it accessible to millions of people.
But unfortunately, social media platforms can also be misused by people. They consider these platforms as their personal space for expressing their thoughts, which to an extent is great, but it used to write or post something negative about something or someone.
Cyber bullying is defined as “The electronic posting of mean-spirited messages about a person (as a student) often done anonymously.”
Cyber bullying is the use of cell phones, instant messaging, e-mail, chat rooms and other social media platforms to harass, threaten or intimidate someone. Cyber bullying can include such acts as making threats, sending provocative insults or racial or ethnic slurs, gay bashing, attempting to infect the victim’s computer with a virus and flooding an e-mail inbox with messages.
Cyber bullying is often done by children to their peers, who have an easy and early access to these technologies. The problem is compounded by the fact that a bully can hide behind a user name, disguising his or her true identity. This secrecy makes it difficult to trace the source and encourages bullies to behave more aggressively than they might in a situation where they were identified.
Their parents, both the victim’s and the bully’s are usually unaware of the situation, as neither of them want to admit to what has been happening with them. Pre-teens and teens having a mentality to follow a leader, the bully seems to get away with a lot, online or otherwise, because of their popularity or anonymity; thus, there is little scope for improvement or punishment.
Although today cyber bullying is a punishable offence, not many are willing to admit that they have been victimized. Lastly, however small the incident, this leaves a mark on the child or the person being bullied. These are the effects of Cyber bullying are as follow:
IRIANS – The Neuroscience Institute