Cyberbullying on Social Media

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Victims of Cyberbullying

Have you ever been cyber bully, or are you the cyberbully?  I remembered back in highschool when I first made my Facebook account, and it was exciting to see how many people added you as their facebook friends.  When I added friends from highschool that didn’t worry me at all, however; when the popular kids at school who never recognized you started to add you as their friend on Facebook, that was a whole different kind of feelings.  I would say that I am the typical student who likes to stay away from trouble, be smoke free, alcohol free, and drugs free.  I’ve never imagined myself being in the state of ever getting bully until I signed up my Facebook account. For example,  I remembered posting my favorite Bible verses and got rude comments afterwards such as, “Only stupid, poor, and weak people like you believed that there is a God.”  Or, “If you believed in Jesus, then why don’t you jump off the roof and see if His angels will come save you?” I got locked in the girls restroom with light shut off, to see if my God will come save me, written on my wall on Facebook.  Of course, these are all immature and stupid comments and actions.  I have friends who also got cyberbully as well.  It got so bad to the point where some of them had to transferred into another high school at the end of our freshman year and they had to deleted their Facebook account as well.

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Studies about Cyberbullying: Who are the Victims and the Cyber Bullies?

Cyberbullying can happen to anyone, and at anytime.  However, what is Cyberbully?  In the Merriam Webster dictionary, “Cyberbullying means an electronic posting of mean-spirited messages about a person (as a student) often done anonymously.”  There are about 4,400 young people who commit suicide every year, 100 of them tries committing suicide, 14% of high school students have thought about committed suicide and 7% have committed suicide.  Cyberbullying can happen to anyone, and at anytime.  According to pewinternet.org, “88% of social media-using teens have seen someone be mean or cruel on Facebook.” This is an unimaginable conflict that cyberbullying can lead into the extend of someone killing themselves over bad thoughts and words put onto social media?  The victims of cyberbullying could be anyone who interacts with social media.  Then, who’s likely to be the bully?  The characteristics and personality traits of the bully are those who cannot control their anger and emotions, feel self worth, has a low self-esteem, has no goals in life or are hopelessness.  Majority, “Children who often bully come from parenting that reflects their own manner of communication. Whether there is violence in the household or a lack of respect and discipline, these factors are likely contributors to repeated offender bullies.”

Bullying Statistics: The Ultimate Guide! (March 18, 2017) on NoBullying.com’s Anti-Bullying website. Retrieved from https://nobullying.com/bullying-statistics/

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How to take Precautions of Cyberbullying?

Beware of Cyber Bullying!!!  Cyberbullying can happen to anyone and anywhere online (social media in general) you can be a victim of cyberbullying and not realized, especially; in this modern of age where social media is the big communication system.

https://nobullying.com/six-unforgettable-cyber-bullying-cases/

https://nobullying.com/ways-to-prevent-cyber-bullying/

https://nobullying.com/understanding-the-cyberbullying-victim/

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One thought on “Cyberbullying on Social Media

  1. I am so sorry you went through that in high school. It seems like social media has made bullying worse because all of those rude comments can be broadcast to the masses. It’s awful. I was teased a lot when I was younger and it deeply impacted me, but it was more contained because Facebook didn’t exist when I was in school. I don’t think kids and teens (and even some adults) realize how hurtful their actions are, and I will never understand why people feel the need to tear others down in order to build themselves up.

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