Cyber Bullying And Its Effects

We see Smart phones, tablets, laptops and many other gadgets in the delicate hands of toddlers and small kids these days. That just goes to prove how much social media and technology has taken over our lives.

Cyber Bullying And Its Effects

The online world is so deep and vast just like an ocean with unlimited sites to visit. Our kids can get addicted and lost in the sea of websites, some of which may not be safe. They can become victims of cyber crimes like cyber bullying and cyber stalking.

Definition :

As we all know that cyber bullying is the use of information technology or internet by an individual or a group of people to harass someone. Cyber bullies carry out such online activities with the intention of deliberately humiliating the victim.

Online pranks :

Sometimes a group of friends can playfully gang up online on their peer. But things can take a dangerous turn if the victim is not aware of the pranks being played. What starts out as a game can lead to something serious. Things may take a turn for the worst. Because only the victim knows what he or she is going through mentally. To add to the agony, he or she is not aware of the prank. Online pranks could be dangerous too.

Forms of cyber bullying :

* Some forms of cyber bullying include posting pictures of victims without their consent.

* Tricking people into revealing their personal information.

* Spreading lies and rumours about the victims.

* Ganging up and convincing people to dislike the victim.

* Forming online groups to harass the person.

Many of these crimes go unreported as there is no proper evidence. The flow of data in social media sites are very fast and it’s not constant. So collecting evidence is a major problem.

The victims could also not report the problem if there’s no proper support system. She or he could be traumatized to report it to anyone. The reasons could be endless.

Who would want their children to become victims of such crimes? It’s therefore essential to take precautions at the earliest.

Precautionary steps:

* By keeping a check on the type of online friends they interact with.

* By monitoring the websites they visit.

* By removing people whom they distrust or who pose as threats are few precautionary steps that can be taken.

Schools could also take initiatives to teach their students to use social media responsibly. It should not be used to degrade, demotivate or discourage anyone. It should not be used to demoralize or defame anyone. One should not become an accomplice or support a cyber bully. Cyber media can be used as a platform to share knowledge and to interact in a healthy manner with others.

Cyber bullying is equal to real life bullying and the effects could be lifelong. Victims of cyber bullying may go through low self esteem, behavioral changes, mood swings and distrust of people. According to researchers’ children have even committed suicide after a cyber bullying incident.

Cyber media is a great platform where one can connect with family, friends and people with similar interests within a split of a second. Why not make it a safe haven? Let’s make the online world a safe place for men, women and our children and use its resources for the betterment and change.

I’m Diana Pinto mother of a three-year-old son. I’m a housewife and a blogger. My interests include listening to music, dancing and now of course writing. I’ve developed an interest in writing recently and hope to inspire people and bring a change through it. I blog at Diana’s musings.

  • Juxtatcr

    Cyber bullying, in my opinion, is far more dangerous than normal bullying. More people can participate. And like you mentioned, most of these go unpunished because they are difficult to prove. It is not just kids that are at harm because of this evil. The online world is fast turning into a cruel place. Hope this changes soon!

    • Diana Natasha Pinto

      I totally agree with you. Cyber bullying affects the psyche far more than normal bullying. It invades your personal space and can occur at any given time. We could also equip ourselves with the cyber laws to deal with the problem. Thank you so much for your valuable comment.

  • shilpagarg

    A child who is bullied in the cyber space , chances are that he would be bullied in real world too. Imagine the impact of this double harassment on a child. As parents we must be vigilant and protect our children from such cruel abuse!

    • Diana Natasha Pinto

      With the rising number of cases in India it’s essential to educate our kids regarding this social evil at the earliest. Yes, there are great chances that a child who is a victim of cyber bullying can be bullied in real life too. But I’ve also read that people who have experienced cyber bullying are able to deal with real life bullying much better. The experience also helps them to distinguish between bullies and non bullies.

  • Tweetsmom

    The world is such a big scary place! Great article highlighting a very real and terrifying problem that needs attention and prevention. ♥

    • Diana Natasha Pinto

      It is a serious problem and a growing menace equally among children and adults. We need to take steps to educate ourselves and others as well. Thanks Kathy.

  • Sunita Rajwade

    Isn’t it easy to just stop the bullying by not being part of the “group” anymore?

    • Diana Natasha Pinto

      It may be difficult initially to identify whether it’s a case of bullying, but once it’s confirmed then it’s better to exit a group. Thanks Sunita.

  • Diana Natasha Pinto

    You’ve shared some great points Geeta. We can keep a track of their activities at any early stage and guide them regarding the positive and negative effects of social media.

  • Shilpa Salwan

    I agree to what you have said about cyber bullying. We need to careful when signing up for a group and in case if we find a slightest sign of something being wrong we should not just exit the group however inform others too about the same. Kids do not always feel comfortable sharing these things with their parents however we should keep a close watch and always use parental controls to avoid our kids being involved in any such group mistakenly. We should never hesitate in keeping the doors opened for our kids to answer their questions and lend them a ear.This will automatically help them having confidence in you and will not hesitate in sharing about any ups and downs in their lives