Cyber Bullying

written By Amber Ali, and Eva MacKenzie

You may think that bullying and cyber-bullying evaporates as soon as you leave the classroom behind. This is not the case. Bullying is still so prevalent in today’s society, despite the counteracting claims that millennials are unbearably politically correct and “too accepting”.

Bullying does not have an age rage and it seems the older you are, the less likely you are to speak up. An adult being bullied? Never. Bullying can happen to anyone. It might happen to you, your friend or someone online. Bullying can rear its ugly head in many ways.

The most common in colleges and high schools is social bullying; which is leaving someone out on purpose, telling other individuals not to be friends with someone and spreading rumours about someone.

There is also physical bullying, which involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. The third type is verbal bullying, where bullies say or write cruel things about their victim.

Bullying doesn’t just reveal itself through your little boy’s bruises or workplace bitching anymore. It has escalated to a plane where there is no respite; the internet.

Cyber bullying is hurting someone using technology. This form of bullying can affect those of all ages, not just children. For example, 19 year old Jessica Cleland committed suicide in 2014 after being targeted by her two ‘friends’ online.

Her Facebook was flooded by messages from the two boys calling her names such as a “f***ing sook”, etc. She had no history of depression or mental illness, which just goes to show how much these comments on a screen can affect a person.

Another recent case of horrific bullying is from 10 year old Seven Bridges.

The young boy hanged himself to escape the relentless bullying he suffered, which was due to the fact he had a colostomy bag. His mother said,
“His death is an example of what can happen when we choose not to take the issue of bullying seriously.”

Despite the fact that there have been various high profile anti-bullying campaigns people are still unable to deal with these behaviours correctly. In many schools, colleges and workplace settings people often follow the crowd and join the ringleaders.

They fail to call out their peers on their conduct. This can lead to a form of bullying called mobbing. This is effectively where a group of people take part in the targeted isolation, picking on and adversarial interaction of a person.

The result of bullying lasts longer than the bullying itself. This is show in studies done by Diana Award winner’s antibullyingpro.com. These studies show that those who have been bullied have twice as much difficulty in keeping a job and 83% of victims reported that being bullied had a major effect on their self-esteem.

Don’t stand by; if you feel as though you or anyone around has been experiencing this – speak up. Don’t make them feel like a leper! And if you don’t, you are just as bad as the bullies.

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