CYBERBULLYING: A NEW THREAT

By: Anchal Gupta

Introduction

Cyberbullying means insulting, threatening, insulting or intentionally harassing other people using modern means of communication, often for a long time.Cyberbullying occurs online (e.g. by email, instant messenger, social networks, videos on various tapes) or by phone (e.g. via WhatsApp or annoying calls). Most of the time, the gangster, called a “bully”, acts anonymously, so that the victim does not know who the attack is from.

Especially in cyberbullying between children and young people, victims and perpetrators also know each other in the “real” world. Victims are likely to always suspect who may be the cause of the attack. Internet cyberbullying starts largely in people nearby: school, residence, village or community. Cases involving strangers are rare.

A story where, a 15 year old girl who discovered a entire web page designed specifically to insult and threaten her (cyber bullies 2003). Other news sources report victimization using E-mail, chat rooms, as well as cell phones. One bully taunted his victim by snapping a cell phone picture of the overweight teen in the locker room and then sending a mass email to their schoolmates (Black 2003). Although these instances do not take place in face to face interactions, they can be socially and personally damaging for the victims. Cyberbullying continues to grow as more.

CYBERBULLYING: WHAT IS IT?

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “cyberbullying” came into use in 1998 and has been described as “the e-mailing of a person (as a student) who is often anonymous.” But as time has passed and the internet has changed, so has the definition of cyber bullying.

StopBullying.gov describes cyberbullying as “cyberbullying, such as cell phones, computers, and tablets,” and the Cyberbullying Research Center defines it as “intentional and repetitive damage to computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.” In fact, the use of electronic media is an imitation of how one can be victimized in real life, by sending scary or terrifying nature messages.

Cyberbullying is exploitation that occurs on digital devices such as mobile phones, computers and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur via SMS, Text, and apps, or online social media, forums, or games where people can watch, participate, or share content. Cyberbullying involves sending, posting, or sharing content that is inappropriate, harmful, false, or intentional with another person. It may involve sharing personal or confidential information about someone who is embarrassing or embarrassing. Some cyberbullying may be illegal or criminal.

Examples of cyberbullying 

With the advent of technology in the last 20 years, cyberbullying has become even more serious. The growing popularity of smartphones, instant messaging apps, and the rise of social media has opened up a growing number of cyberbullies.

Different types of cyberbullying often occur, and the bully may choose to use or combine multiple tactics to thwart his goal. For example, they may share private information about someone after gaining access to their account.

In addition, all these types of cyberbullying can occur on different devices, social networking websites, forums, text messages, or mobile applications. Someone may not realize that they are abusing someone, or that they are being abused.

1.Harassment

Similar to offline bullying, cyberbullying involves sending abusive or offensive messages to an individual or group. Abuse requires a lot of effort by the victim to injure the victim. Moreover, it is intentional, repetitive, and so on. The victim will often not be found in the victim. Especially at certain times, these messages can have a detrimental effect on the victim’s self-esteem or self-esteem.

2.Cyberstalking

Cyberstalking is a form of harassment. These messages are often no longer irritating or disrespectful, but are very threatening to the environment. Messages can go up threatening the victim’s physical safety. Cyberstalking can quickly lead to human trauma or follow-up.

3.Release

Isolation is the act of deliberately evicting a victim. This may include excluding them from social media, chat rooms, messages, events, or activities. It could mean intentionally having conversations on social media or apps that the victim has access to, or that they are aware of but cannot join. The group may continue to say harsh or disrespectful things about the person behind them.

4.Getting out

Opt-out is when the bully publicly shares private messages, photos, or other information about the victim online. This is done without the victim’s knowledge or consent and is intended to embarrass, humiliate, or humiliate them. Information may be trivial or very private and may be bad, but in any case, it is a way to go.

LAWS AND SANCTIONS

All provinces have laws that require schools to respond to bullying. With cyberbullying so prevalent in technology, many states are now embroiled in cybercrime, or cyberbullying, under these laws. Some states have provisions for dealing with bullying when it affects school performance. You can learn about laws and policies in each government, including whether to cover cyberbullying.

EFFECTS OF CYBERBULLYING

Children have almost universal access to their devices, so cyberbullying is difficult to avoid. Children and adolescents may feel overwhelmed by the pressures of life and feel overwhelmed by the pressures of life.

Serious, long-lasting, or recurring cyberbullying online can cause anxiety, depression, and other stress-related disorders for victims and bullies. In rare cases, some children have attempted or even committed suicide.

Cyberbullies can also be suspended or expelled from school or expelled from sports teams

HOW PARENTS CAN HELP?

Provide comfort and support. Talking about any abuse you may have experienced in your childhood can help your child to feel less lonely.

Let your child know that it is not their fault. Harassment means more to the bully than to the victim. Commend your child for doing the right thing by talking to you about it. Remind your child that you are still together. Assure your child that you will know what to do.

Inform the school. Tell the principal, school nurse, or counselor or teacher about the situation. 

Encourage your child not to respond to cyberbullying. Doing so only adds fuel to the fire.

Keep records. Keep a shot of threatening messages, photos and text. This can be used as evidence for the bully’s parents, at school, for the employer or for the police.

Get help. If your son or daughter agrees, a consultation with a therapist can help. A counselor or school counselor may work with your child alone or with a bully.

Other things that can prevent future cyber bullying is “Stop the bully.” Most devices have settings that allow you to block emails, messages, or texts from certain people.

Limit access to technology. As sad as it is, many abused children cannot resist the temptation to look at websites or phones to see if there are new messages. Keep the computer in a public area of ​​the house and restrict the use of cell phones and games. You may be able to turn off messaging services from time to time, and many websites, apps, and smartphones include parental control options that give parents access to their children’s messaging and online health.

Monitor communication usage. Many apps and apps can look at teen social media accounts and warn parents about any inappropriate language or images. 

Know which sites your child is using. This is an opportunity to encourage children and young people to teach you something they know very well – technology! This shows your child that you are interested in how they spend their time online, while helping you understand how to monitor their online safety.

Be part of the online world for your kids. Ask your friend to “friend” or “follow” you on social media, but do not abuse this right by commenting or posting anything on your child’s profile. Check out their posts and the sites the kids visit, and find out how they spend their time online.

Write it down. Write down your children’s smartphone and communication contracts that you intend to enforce.

REASONS PEOPLE CHOOSE TO CYBERBULLY?

 Research has found that less than half of teens who are victims of cyberbullying know who the perpetrator is. This seemingly unknown factor contributes to the extent to which cyberbullying occurs.

For some cybercriminals, the face-to-face absence allows them to avoid at least some of the related issues. They are not able to see the emotional reactions of their victims, and thus they avoid seeing the immediate harm caused by their actions. Cyberbullying allows them to be emotionally and physically isolated.

And some choose to bully online simply because they are bored. They see it as a form of entertainment. Technology has put us in the details of our information, and expectations for ongoing entertainment are increasing. When youths are dissatisfied with online entertainment, they may look to create their own. There is a danger of being overprotected on social media. With negative social media contact, over time, people can become sensitive to cyberbullying. Because of the frequency with which it occurs, cyberbullying threatens to become a social phenomenon for some.

HOW CAN SOMEONE DEAL OR AVOID CYBERBULLYING

 Tips on how to deal with cyberbullying include:

1. Calling the police zero three times (000) if you feel unsafe.

2. Call the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 for help and advice.

3. Talking to someone you trust – a relative, school counselor, friend or coworker

negligence and non-response.

4.’Block’ or ‘dislike bullying’ and change your privacy settings.

5. Sharing your login details only with people you trust.

6. Store cell phone messages, emails or social networking conversations the way you would like to receive proof.

7.Do not transfer or share. It’s better to leave a group or discussion and not participate in it.

CONCLUSION:

Cyberbullying is a problem in societies that are advanced enough to have online communication skills and are not easily remedied. Cyberbullying can affect anyone but is especially prevalent in today’s youth. If we can get rid of these bad habits early in life, there is little chance that they will continue to do so. Unfortunately this is not an easy task. This will require schools, and especially parents to know the problem and work on it. Eliminating internet harassment will take a concerted effort and will not be eliminated overnight. If the government is willing to accept that cyberbullying is a problem, laws may be enacted to help prevent such harassment. However, parents and schools should eliminate and stop this behavior now, so rules should not be required. So schools and parents, be aware of what kids are doing online with their phones, and act when they do something that shouldn’t be.

REFRENCES:

  1. Cyberbullying | healthdirect
  2. What Is Cyberbullying | StopBullying.gov
  3. What is Cyberbullying? | How to Prevent Cyber Bullying? (nuedusec.com)
  4. Cyberbullying Laws in India (legalbites.in)

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