Stand Up to CyberBullying
Do the right thing!
What is CyberBullying?
According to www.merriam-webster.com, cyberbullying is "The electronic posting of mean-spirited messages about a person (as a student) often done anonymously." A cyberbully, or internet "troll" uses technology to torment and/or humiliate others. This can include texts, e-mails, photoshop, and simply pictures and videos. Technology should be used to make life easier, not to create more problems and stress for people. These actions are completely unacceptable and should be immediately delt with if you or someone else has experienced something like this.
CyberBullying is a serious threat to adolescents
Satistics shown on www.bullyingstatistics.org, over half of today's youths have experienced cyberbullying at least once in their lifetime. Additionally, about 2 in 3 teens have witnessed threats online from anonymous users of the internet. Plus, only 1 in 10 victims of cyberbullying ever tell their parents! In an article on www.usnews.com, a cyberbully expert, Parry Aftab, says that teens "don't want to call it bullying because they think it makes them look weak." If you or anyone you know is being bullied, stand up for what's right. Being a cyberbully victim does not make you weak.
Whatever it is that you do, make sure it is with respect and courtesy to others. If someone drops their books in the hall, or is in need of any help at all, go over to them. Give them a helping hand. If someone is in need of a a friend during a hard situation, listen to them, and try to give them some advice. Finally, if someone is sad or crying about something, cheer them up. If you do any of these things, or anything else that makes someone feel good, maybe that person will do the same to someone else, and the good that you did will be then be spread to others.
A common way to cyberbully is using text messages.
To many, the emotional pain that cyberbullying causes is equally as, if not more harmful than physical abuse.
These are some of the shocking statistics on cyberbullying.
Cyberbullying As Fast As Possible
This is a video explaining what cyberbullying is and different instances of it.
Cyberbullying: there is a way out!
Here is another video describing how to deal with a cyberbully and what to do if you are a cyberbully victim.