Cyber bullying has become a major issue in our society. Studies show that 42% of kids are harassed in some way online. This growing problem can lead to depression, anxiety, various other mental disorders and in some terrible cases, suicide.
“Bullying is killing our kids. Being different is killing our kids and the kids who are bullying are dying inside. We have to save our kids whether they are bullied or they are bullying. They are all in pain”
However, this often can be prevented. Here are some steps that Erik Qualman discusses in his book What Happens on Campus Stays on YouTube.
- Do not communicate with cyberbullies
- Notify the abuser’s online services
- Search online to ensure there are no photos or compromising personal information, which could be used against you
- Think twice before posting anything that could hurt someone’s reputation
- Don’t put anything online that other people may find offensive
- Encourage children to seek help from adults if they feel threatened
- Never share your password
- Log off all online accounts especially those on public computers
- Set your privacy settings
- If you see bullying, tell the offender to stop; hurtful behavior is not acceptable
- Activities that are illegal offline are illegal online
- When you witness bullying and choose to ignore it, your silence implies acceptance. Be an “upstander” not a bystander.
- Do not send messages when you are angry
- Do not cyberbully. Model appropriate behavior
We can help put an end to the epidemic. Many social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Tumblr provide ways to report and stop cyber bullying. Its essential that we use these tools to end the indecency. Standing by only make the matter worse.
It is time for heroes to stand up for the victims of cyber bullying and for the victims to stand up for themselves.
Every human being has value, has dignity and has power to stand up and report bullies.
Remember, you are not deserving of this and you do not need to take it.
“I realize that bullying never has to do with you, it’s the bully who’d insecure.”