With all the new technology, it's so easy to hide behind a computer screen and make someone feel bad about themselves. Even worse, its getting easier and easier to do it anonymously.
25% of students claim to have been a victim of cyber-bullying, and these numbers just keep getting higher. Too many people, especially from the older generation, believe this is not a serious problem. When people speak up about their cyber-bullying they hear things like just turn your phone off, or stay off that website. The fact is, in this decade, technology is a huge part of our lives. Especially the teenagers, who just so happen to most likely be the victim. They are addicted to all of the social platforms that are out there today: twitter, instagram, tumblr, facebook... the list goes on. Telling them to just stay off them is going to go in one ear and out the other. Instead, we should be teaching them how to handle it.
What To Do:
1. If the bullying isnt happening anonymously, you can always block the bully/bullies.
2. Speak up, if you know who the bully is and you're still in school - take it to the administration and they can handle it so it stops.
3. Don't react. Many times, all bullies want is for the victim to get worked up.
4. If the bully is anonymous, turn the anonymous setting off on your account. *This mainly applies to tumblr, as there is a setting to turn anonymous messages off. And if it still continues, turn your messages off in general*
The sad truth is that cyber-bullying often has life threatening consequences. Cyber-bullying is even worse than bullying that happens in person sometimes, because its so hard to get away from. It follows the victim home because its on their computers or cell phones. Victims of cyber-bullying are 10% more likely to commit suicide. Victims often struggle with depression, anxiety, or unhealthy coping methods such as self harm or eating disorders.
Unfortunately, there is so much cyber-bullying going on and not enough to protect against it, so victims have to speak up from themselves and feel they have to go through the bullying alone. There are more and more resources becoming available to victims though, so they finally dont have to go through it alone.
and so many other websites are out there for tips and support.