Seriousness of Cyber Bullying

By Anji Lee

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What is Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying is a form of bullying in which kids use the internet or mobile devices to harass or embarrass someone. Because of the technology's growth, most of the people have smart phones and their own laptops. This effects on students connecting their school life to their online life and keep bullying even though they are not in the same place. It causes a lot of problems which is making a lot of victims.

Why it is so serious problem?

Cyber bullying is at an all-time high and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Bullies who used to be in the schoolyard threatening to beat up someone if they didn’t give them their lunch money, are now online posing as anyone they want to in order to avoid being caught. And bullies usually not put their real personal information so that other people can't know him. It makes hard to find who bullied.

Why bullies do it?

While some bullies are motivated by anger, most do it for fun or to be seen as "cool." Popular kids or teens may bully because they see it as a way to stay popular and hurting others makes them feel powerful. They think it is not a big deal, and that there are not any consequences. But kids or teens who are less socially successful may bully because it helps them cope with their own low self-esteemor they think it will help them fit in with their peers.

What kind of effect does it cause?

Cyber bullying can consist of threats of violence, hate speech, harassment, peer pressure, bribery, psychological abuse and extortion committed by an individual or group to another individual or group. And it results in kids dropping out of school, suffering from depression or mental health problems, and even committing suicide.
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How to stop bullying

First, attempt to identify the cause. Some bully starts from the people you know well. If you can, try to talk and ask him or her to stop. Second, block the bully and change you account settings. Bully may not be able to find a way to continue harassing you. And third, get the outside help. Don't wait too long to ask for help and talk to our parents, teachers, principal and school counselor.
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