First of all What is Bullying?
It is a form of aggressive behaviour in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort. Bullying can take the form of physical contact, words or more subtle actions. I don’t understand what do people get out of this? This usually happens when you are a teenager, in school, college, etc. The bullied individual typically has trouble defending him or herself and does nothing to ’cause’ the bullying. Without even knowing the person just passing harsh comments on them or hurting them, pushing or touching, etc. How is causing trouble or harassing a person mentally or physically making you happy?
Now, at present we find a new kinda bullying, that is CYBER BULLYING. A Cyber Bully is the person who harasses you not physically but mentally by commenting, posting, etc. about you on the Social Media sites. I always thought it was made so that people can always stay connected but never thought of hurting someone so much that they start facing health issues, depression, mental illness, etc. Bullies have always there but technology now gives them a whole new platform for their actions. The old “sticks and stones” saying is no longer true — both real-world and online name-calling can have serious emotional consequences for people. People have apps that keep them constantly connected to the Internet. Many are logged on to Facebook or Tumblr and chatting or texting all day (I’m no different). Basically Cyber bullying is the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person. By definition, it occurs among young people. When an adult is involved, it may meet the definition of cyber-harassment or cyber-stalking, a crime that can have legal consequences and involve jail time.
Sometimes cyber bullying can be easy to spot — for example, if you show a text, tweet, or response to a status update on Facebook that is harsh, mean, or cruel (and you must share with someone instead of hiding). Other acts are less obvious, like impersonating a victim online or posting personal information, photos, or videos designed to hurt or embarrass another person. Some people report that a fake account, webpage, or online persona has been created with the sole intention to harass and bully which is true. I have seen fake accounts. Somebody once used my photo and all and created a fake account and did rubbish. But one of my friend saw then informed me then me and my other friends reported that account and it was blocked. It may also can happen accidentally. The impersonal nature of text messages, IMs, and emails make it very hard to detect the sender’s tone — one person’s joke could be another’s hurtful insult. Nevertheless, a repeated pattern of emails, texts, and online posts is rarely accidental. Adults know how to face it or overcome but because many kids are reluctant to report being bullied, even to their parents, it’s impossible to know just how many are affected. But recent studies about cyber bullying rates have found that about 1 in 4 teens have been the victims of , and about 1 in 6 admit to having cyber bullied someone. In some studies, more than half of the teens surveyed said that they’ve experienced abuse through social and digital media.
Severe, long-term, or frequent cyber bullying can leave both victims and bullies at greater risk for anxiety, depression, and other stress-related disorders. In some rare but highly publicised cases, some kids have turned to suicide. Experts say that kids who are bullied — and the bullies themselves — are at a higher risk for suicidal thoughts, attempts, and completed suicides. The punishment for cyberbullies can include being suspended from school or kicked off of sports teams. Certain types of cyber bullying can be considered crimes.
You can help improving conditions and helping out people who face them and to help them you need to know what are the signs a person shows during being bullied because most of the teens who are cyber bullied don’t want to tell a teacher or parent, often because they feel ashamed of the social stigma or fear that their computer privileges will be taken away at home.
- Being very secretive or protective of one’s digital life
- Changes in mood, behaviour, sleep, or appetite
- Being nervous or jumpy when getting an instant message, text, or email
- Being emotionally upset during or after using the Internet or the phone
- Avoiding school or group gatherings
- Avoiding discussions about computer or cellphone activities
Slipping grades and “acting out” in anger at home
- Withdrawal from family members, friends, and activities
- Wanting to stop using the computer or cellphone
Don’t know what else can be the symptoms so that’s it. And yes also if you see someone bullying then make them realise that they are wrong. It’s important to address the problem head on and not wait for it to go away.Talk to the bully firmly and calmly about his or her actions and explain the negative impact it has on others. Joking and teasing might seem harmless to one person, but it can be hurtful to another. Bullying —in any form — is unacceptable; there can be serious (and sometimes permanent) consequences at home, school, and in the community if it continues.To get to the heart of the matter, talking to teachers, guidance counsellors, and other school officials can help identify situations that lead a person to bully others. If a person you know has trouble managing anger, talk to a therapist about helping them learn to cope with anger, hurt, frustration, and other strong emotions in a healthy way. Professional counselling also can help improve people confidence and social skills, which in turn can reduce the risk of bullying.
And don’t forget to set a good example yourself — model good online habits to help the people around you understand the benefits and the dangers of life in the digital world. It is very important to care about others and their feelings even if you don’t know that person or that person doesn’t matter to you. If you see someone get bullied then stand with them, if you see someone bully then help them because they need it more than the person getting bullied and if you are a bully then it’s never late. Start your self improvement strategy now by accepting the fact and talking to someone about it.
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