Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying is now one of the most common form of bullying, in today’s world of various electronic devices. Research proves that people who are cyberbullied have lower self-esteem, and are more likely to commit suicide than people who haven’t. Cyberbullying happens when somebody is mean or rude to somebody else, via texting, email, or social media. If you are being cyberbullied. In 2013, a spate of suicides was reported to be linked to the social media site ask.fm after being cyberbullied. A young boy named John was very healthy until his junior year of high school, when he became sick. Due to medication, he experienced significant weight gain, and as a result, bore the brunt of the bullying from people online that knew him in real life. Even the teachers could tell that  he was being bullied online, because he was bearing one of the biggest symptoms of cyberbullying, which is depression. Looking for symptoms is one of the simplest ways to tell if somebody you know is being cyber bullied. Some of the main ones are anxiety, decreased appetite, insomnia, academic troubles, and acting out. If you or somebody you know is thinking about suicide, contact Kids Help Phone immediately. If you are under 16 and are being cyberbullied, you need to tell your parents. They can help you block the user. If you are afraid of them taking the internet away from you because you were being cyber bullied and didn’t tell anyone. Your parents will almost always be reasonable about things like that, as it is not your fault. The next step is to save the tweet, text, or email by any means possible. This can include taking a screenshot, saving the tweet, or even taking a picture from another device. After that, you want to block the user. If you do not know how to block a user, you can call the cell phone company if they are texting you, the email provider if they are emailing you, or the owner of the social media site that you are being bullied on. If you are still having trouble, it may be time to willingly give up your phone, or log off of social media for a period of time. The amount of time is yours to choose, but it can really help to clear your head. If you do not want to sign off, you should definitely change your information. If you have been hacked, change your password. You can change your username, or your phone number. Either way, changing your information should do the trick. If somebody creates a profile pretending to be you, contact the owner of the social media site and tell them what is happening. A lot of people who are cyberbullied feel very victimized. They will tell somebody who doesn’t know them, such as a constable, that the bully is over 18, they are younger (10-12), and will report creepy photos, or being called by the bully. If you are cyberbullying, you need to stop right now. In some states, you can be sued or even go to jail for cyberbullying, as it is very serious. If you are not being cyber bullied, you should at least know how to protect yourself. Always use a strong password, that is hard to guess. Use a different password for everything you register for, and always keep track of your passwords, in a notebook or in your personal device. A good example of a password is 1f;4’.2[e/2.4’. Although it can be hard to remember, it is also very hard to guess, giving you the strongest protection against hacking and therefore most forms of cyberbullying. Secondly, you should make your instant messaging and social media accounts private. This means that you have to approve people before they can contact you in any way, or see any of their posts. If you are not sure how to make your account private, the best option for you is to google it. If you are worried about a friend or somebody you know being cyber bullied, you should tell somebody that can help them, and that you trust. If you are not sure, you should look for some signs. Some of the biggest ones are hostility that is blatantly out of character, frequent use of negative emojis, such as the crying or the frowning emoji, losing interest in activities they used to enjoy, and being careless. Some examples of being careless include driving recklessly, or increased substance use. That’s all for today, everybody. I hope you enjoyed, and that you will take some of my advice if you need it. Bye!cyberbullying-blog-post-1

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