Let us put our magnifying glass on one of the biggest threats that people face online – CYBER BULLYING!. How damaging is it? How far-reaching is it? What if your child is a cyber bully? The relationship between depression, suicide and cyber bullying. All these and other issues are discussed here. According to Ditch the Label Organization, “Cyber bullying is the use of digital technologies with an intent to offend, humiliate, threaten, harass or abuse somebody.”
Cyber bullying, is sometimes referred to as cyber harassment. Cyber bullying examples include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites. As well as embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles. Parents and kids can prevent cyber bullying. Together, they can explore safe ways to use technology. It’s a phenomenon that needs to be stopped before it goes too far. Most social sites have a block function – simply block a user who is harassing you in whatever way.
Secondly, if you know the authorities that can ‘tame’ your bully then inform them promptly. Whether it’s a school teacher, work boss or their spouse or parent – inform them and they will surely address them accordingly. If not, there are other platforms like Cyber Crime Organization where you can simply contact relevant authorities and get help. Cyber bullying has caused low self-esteem, depression and sometimes even suicide. It is a scourge that must be stopped before another person is harmed. It eats into the confidence and emotional balance of a person leading to self-destructive actions.
Cyber bullying could also affect you on the flip side. As a parent, guardian, or spouse of a cyber bully you need to call the hotline too to find the best way to deal with your ‘loved’ one. Sometimes it’s just kids fooling around (which is a bad excuse that should be punished) and sometimes it’s a personality disorder. But it needs psychiatric assessment because cyber bullies can easily grow into stalkers, rapists or even serial killers. So, let’s fight cyber bullying together with the families, authorities and society watchdogs like SAPS.