why Cyberbullying Is Such A Big Problem On Social Media

why Cyberbullying Is Such A Big Problem On Social Media

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Why Cyberbullying Is Such A Big Problem On Social Media

Social media is the place where we present our perfectly edited views of ourselves to the world – the perfect vacation photos (preferably the one showing that your tan AND a view of the ocean at the same time), the perfect party selfies, and the latest updates on our remarkable lives.

The problem of the online cyberbully
If you’ve ever experienced an online troll – someone who trashes your work, calls you names and tries to pick a fight with you online – you have a pretty good idea of what could go wrong anytime you post something online. In some cases, people have left social media entirely when the threats and the name-calling became too much.

And the problem is perhaps even worse among teens, where social acceptance is such an important part of the adolescent experience. According to TeenSafe.com, which publishes statistics and facts about teen cyberbullying, a whopping 87 percent of teens have witnessed some form of cyberbullying during adolescence and 34 percent of teens have been the actual victims of cyberbullying. It’s no wonder First Lady Melania Trump has said that one of her first priorities within the Trump administration will be dealing with this cyberbullying problem.

The problem becomes even worse when it leads to teen depression. In other words, a pattern of verbal or emotional abuse on social media can lead teens down a dark, slippery path. Imagine arriving at school each day, only to find your friends and acquaintances gossiping about what mean things were said about you on social media last night. Over a long enough period of time, that has the potential for some seriously adverse results. 30 percent of children who have been bullied online have suicidal thoughts.

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior.

 

Reference: https://socialmediahq.com/cyberbullying-big-problem-social-media/

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