Terminate Cyberbullying: A Widespread Nightmare in the Online Environment
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We are living in a world full of hypocrite, judgmental and ignorant people. Judgmental eyes, deaf ears, and narrow minds are all over the country, not just here in the Philippines, but in the world. One of the most rampant problem now in our society mosty in the online environment is the widespread proliferation of online bullying well known as cyberbullying.
“Cyberbullying” is defined as a young person tormenting, threatening, harassing, or embarrassing another young person using the Internet or other technologies, like cell phones. It is a willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices. The psychological and emotional outcomes of cyberbullying are similar to those of real-life bullying. The difference is, real-life bullying often ends when school ends. For cyberbullying, there is no escape. And, it’s getting worse.
According to Tim Woda Nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online. 1 in 4 has had it happen more than once. 70% of students report seeing frequent bullying online. Over 80% of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most common medium for cyberbullying. 68% of teens agree that cyberbullying is a serious problem. 81% of young people think2 bullying online is easier to get away with than bullying in person. 90% of teens who have seen social-media bullying say they have ignored it. 84% have seen others tell cyberbullies to stop. Only 1 in 10 victims will inform a parent or trusted adult of their abuse. Girls are about twice as likely as boys to be victims and perpetrators of cyberbullying. About 58% of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. More than 4 out 10 say it has happened more than once. Bullying victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider committing suicide. About 75% of students admit they have visited a website bashing another student.
Bullying however, no matter whether it is traditional bullying or cyberbullying, causes significant emotional and psychological distress. In fact, just like any other victim of bullying, cyberbullied kids experience anxiety, fear, depression, and low self-esteem, and struggle academically. Cyberbullying is inevitable and a widespread problem around the globe. Most of the victims are innocent. People who bully someone in social media damages a lot, they don't know what kind of effect it will cause to the person they bully. Just like the things mentioned above, they may also feel overwhelmed for they feel like the entire world knows what is going in their lives. They will also feel vulnerable, powerless, exposed, humiliated, dissatisfied with who they are, disinterested in school and in life, alone, isolated, anxious and depressed. And once you the felt the depression, that's the point where they might think of committing suicide.
Furthermore, cyberbullying really has a huge impact in our lives, most kids who suffer from this can't handle it. With the increasing expansion of Instant Messaging, emails, chat rooms, blogging, and websites, the issue of cyberbullying is growing at a grotesque rate. Cyberbullying chooses no gender, age, nationality, and religion. If we don't put this crime on its end, more and more children, teenagers, and even adults will suffer and endure the pain. Terminating this serious cyberbullying issue in the world will benefit not us only in the present generation, but also those to come and it will make them feel safe.
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