DON'T BE A BULLY, BE AN ALLY
DON'T BE A BULLY, BE AN ALLY
Why this petition matters
Cyber bullying is the act of harassing, threatening, or intimidating someone online using chat rooms, instant messaging, email, cell phones, or social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Children are frequently the perpetrators of cyber bullying because they have access to these technologies at an earlier and earlier age. The issue is made worse by the fact that a bully can conceal their true identity by using a pseudonymous user name. Due to the secrecy, bullies are encouraged to act more aggressively than they might in a situation where they were identified by the public, which makes it challenging to identify the source. Many jurisdictions are considering cyber bullying laws because the use of mobile and online communications has increased so quickly and the crime is still relatively new. However, the crime is protected by current laws against harassment and personal threats. In some circumstances, it might be wise to notify the local police force or seek legal counsel. It is not advised that you respond in kind, as this could escalate the conflict or result in legal or criminal charges being brought against you. Cyber bullying can affect anybody but is most common in young people due to the rate at which they use social media. It often consists of posting hateful content either directly or indirectly to a certain individual. This usually causes the victim to experience psychological, emotional and physical stress.
The reason why we come up with the title “Don’t be a Bully, Be an Ally” is because we want to create a friendly community where children will not be scared of showing their true emotions. This campaign is to raise awareness of the health implications cyber bullying can have on young people, but also to provide them with support and guide them in the right direction.
When you are addicted to the internet, it affects your life in all areas. It affects your personal and financial life as well as your family, occupation, and academic life. Persons who suffer from internet addiction often seclude themselves from real people, which often leads to socialization issues, or they are referred to as being "socially awkward." Research has proven that many people who attempt to quit their internet use experience withdrawal symptoms including anger, depression, relief, mood swings, anxiety, fear, irritability, sadness, loneliness, boredom, restlessness, procrastination, and even an upset stomach.
Tips on how to prevent cyber bullying and internet addiction.
- Don't respond or retaliate.
As for retaliating, getting back at a bully turns you into one and can turn one near-act into a chain reaction.
- Save evidence.
The only good news about bullying online or on phones is that it can usually be captured, saved, and shown to someone who can help.
- Reach out for help.
You deserve backup. See if there's someone who can listen, help you process what's going on, and work through it—a friend, a relative, or maybe an adult you trust.
- Keep your count safe.
Don't share your password with anyone, even your close friends, who may not be close forever.