Cyberbullying: The Evolution

Back then there were simpler times and bullying was a face to face thing. You would mostly get physically hurt and harassed by someone. Nowadays things have changed a bit, living in a world where technology and electronics have taken over, this generation has created a new way of bullying called Cyberbullying.

What is Cyberbullying?

-Cyberbullying is bullying  that takes place using electronic technology, which includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.

Cyberbullying can happen 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, much worse than back then when you were bullied for a few hours but then you would go home and forget about it for a while(not that I’m saying that normal bullying is not as important as cyberbullying). Thanks to all the social media pages we have today, cyberbullying has never been so easy, from starting a rumor, videos, photo-shopped pictures, harassment and insults over text messages and even phone calls. All this can affect someone to the point that they think that suicide is the only escape from all this (fact: Suicide is the No.3 cause of death of teens in the U.S) Now, cyberbullying doesn’t necessarily just happens in school, sometimes in doesn’t even have to be a classmate, it could be a teacher or even a parent or someone you don’t even know using a fake profile made just to target you and others (Catfish)

One the worse things about cyberbullying is that at some point it does take a toll on you, with all the constant harassment it cause you to actually believe in a way that what they’re saying about is true. They create this insecurity in you and you start to feel like you’re worthless or even worse it can cause depression which leads to suicidal thoughts and eventually suicide attempt.

We are living in a generation where everyone has a phone, or a tablet or a laptop, and that’s including kids from 4-10 years old which is an easier target because their mind hasn’t fully grown and matured and this could scar them for life.

Good thing is since cyberbullies use technology to hurt, we can use technology to help all those victims. Right now there’s a lot of websites, foundations and even a hotline to help all those who are being victimized. So I encourage every one of you that if you or someone you know is being cyberbullied please help them. You can be their hope and the one thing that stands between life and death for them. Let’s make this world better one small step at a time.

Cyberbullying Hotline: 1-800-420-1479

For someone who was cyberbullied I know how it feels to be insecure, and to think that death is the only escape but it’s not, you are worth so much more than you think and if someone does this to you is probably because they’re jealous or they see the potential that they’ll never have. Don’t let them win, you are stronger than you think.

Thanks for reading

I hope this helps someone.

 

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