Hey guys! I just wanted to post a quick post on the blog before I head off out for the day. So, let’s talk about the age old ‘Cyberbullying’. This is a serious problem among teens, which can do lasting harm to us as young people. I remember my early years in secondary school when I used to get bullied online, it was a horrible and dark time for me! I felt completely alone and helpless, I wanted to come home and scroll through my feeds though instead I would be bombarded with nasty messages from people who didn’t even know me? Weird right.
So let’s get down into some facts, and what we can do to help ourselves, or others we may know who are getting bullied online. We need to spread love and not hate, reach out to others and be kind.
- Cyberbullying affects many adolescents and teens on a daily basis, all over the world. According to the I-SAFE foundation,
- Just over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online,
- more than 1 in 3 people have experienced cyber threats,
- And with all of this occurring well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyberbullying occurs. I remember being too scared of telling my mum or dad, in case they got the school involved and the bullying would escalate even further!
Cyberbullying can be very damaging to us as human beings, it can lead to anxiety, depression and even suicide. Also, once things are circulated on the internet, they may never disappear, resurfacing at later times. It’s important that if we notice someone getting bullied online that we should step in and offer our support and help, even if you’re worried that they may target you. The more people that see you helping out others and proving a helping hand, the more people who will join you, they may feel scared and anxious as well and join in with the bullies to save themselves from getting bullied.
Many cyberbullies think that bullying others online is funny, cyberbullies may not even realise the consequences of their actions and how damaging one thing that they say or do can affect that one person. We need to stand against this and report them to the family member you trust, a close friend, or even the school. There are serious consequences for cyberbullies online, and whatever they post now, may reflect badly on them later when they apply for a college or a job! There’s always a digital footprint of what we say and do, and employers can SEE this. We can even take legal charges and both cyberbullies and parents will face this. There are many ways to track someone who is cyber bullying someone online.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
- STEP UP – stand up for yourself.
- STEP IN – Help others in need!
- Keep messages as proof, screenshots! anything!
- Blocking the cyber bullies
- Never share anything personal through text or instant messaging that may come back and haunt you.
- Stay off technology for a couple of hours, take a nice walk, breathe in the fresh air.
Peace out guys!