Written by Jiya Rajput, a grade 10 student of Sumermal Jain Public School.
Once an issue called “bullying” only lived in the schoolyard or colleges. But today cyberbullying became one of the most important issues that kids and adults face these days – mainly due to social media.
Cyberbullying takes place when a teenager or a younger child uses any computing device to threaten, tease and humiliate a peer. Cyberbullies try to hurt their victims visually without getting caught. And because this act is not done physically it’s difficult to catch the bully.
Cyberbullying can be done with any person of any sex. As far as males are concerned, they threaten other males yet harass other females with sexual advances made through text. And females, on the other hand, may expose someone, lie about someone or spread rumours about someone, thus making their life miserable.
People abuse each other virtually, pass mean comments, and hurt them in many more ways intentionally to get some perverse satisfaction, but they don’t know damaging this can be for the victims. They never think of its consequences before bullying anyone.
The effects of bullying do not have any limits. Some people deal with it normally and let it go, whereas some aren’t able to do that and get mentally disturbed. This type of bullying directly leads the victim into trauma, and depression or makes him/ her anxious about themselves.
Cyberbullying has so many channels out there. For example, a small text can be spread via email leading the victim into trouble or an embarrassing photo can be sent to other people through social media.
What you can do
If you are the victim of this you should take up a fight against this. You should first talk to someone you trust the most, your father or mother, or any close family member or any trusted adult. You can also seek help from counsellors in your school or take therapies if required.
If you are not able to seek help from anyone by talking you should block and report the bully. Social media companies ensure that their users are safe. If any of your known friend or close relative is facing cyberbullying be a good supporter and help them get out of this easily.
Remember, if you are quiet, it will only encourage the bully more!
To all the cyberbullies out there,” pulling down will never make you reach the top.” Strict actions should be taken against cyber bullies and it’s necessary for every victim of it to raise their voice against this.
Jiya Rajput is a grade 10 student at Sumermal Jain Public School. She is very passionate about writing and loves to write poems and articles based on everyday things and teenage life.
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