The Effects of Cyber Bullying

Written By: Jillian Branham

With the amount of growing technology in the world, cyber bullying has become a more and more used type of bullying for people. Some may know what they are doing and might not care about the consequences. However, some may not know that they are being a cyber bully. This can happen because they might not know exactly what cyber bullying is.

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Cyber bullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Examples of cyber bullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.

There are many ways to prevent cyber bullying from happening. If you are the victim, the one who is being bullied, do not respond or reply to a cyber bully. Ignore the online bully as best as you can. If the harassment continues, make sure to tell a trusted adult before things get out of control. If you are a bystander do not let the harassment continue. Standing up and saying something to a trusted adult or parent does not make you a bad person or friend.

The most important way to prevent bullying is to not do it at all.

Cyber bullying can affect everyone involved. This includes the person being bullied, the bully, those who are witnesses of bullying, and loved ones of the person being bullied. There are no positive effects of cyber bullying.

Some statistics include:

Kids who are bullied can experience negative physical, school, and mental health issues. Kids who are bullied are more likely to experience:

  • Depression and anxiety, increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy. These issues may persist into adulthood.
  • Health complaints
  • Decreased academic achievement—GPA and standardized test scores—and school participation. They are more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school.

 

Cyber bullying is not a joke and it is no less harmful than being bullied face to face. Cyber bullying has harmed many children, teens, adults, and families. The effects that come with cyber bullying are terribly impacting and sometimes even leads to death. When a person is being bullied or cyber bullied they sometimes feel as if nothing will get better and they are led to believe they should no longer live causing them to end their lives.

 

To stop the damage and danger associated with cyber bullying stand up and help make a stop to it. Being a bully is not cool.

 

Below are some helpful sources that you can go to when you need help and do not feel comfortable enough to tell a trusted adult or peer:

 

CyberTipline

800-843-5678

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week

http://www.cybertipline.com

 

National Suicide Hotline

800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

800-442-HOPE (4673)

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week

http://www.hopeline.com

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

800-273-TALK (8255)

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week

http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

 

Crisis Call Center

800-273-8255 or text ANSWER to 839863

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week

http://crisiscallcenter.org/crisisservices.html

 

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