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There is one very negative side effect of the internet and that is cyberbullying. Bullying is very bad and can cause real pain and sorrow to the victims. Cyberbullying can even be worse when it just does not stop and people think they can get away with it. We have to stop cyberbullying and we have to prevent it from spreading like a plague. When you are a victim of cyberbullying, there are no easy answers and solutions we can give you, but we can help you to make it stop. And should you be involved in cyberbullying in any way, we only have one simple message for you: STOP!
We will explain why is it important, what does it mean, and what should you do. Are you with us?
The biggest problem with cyberbullying is that it tends to become a group activity and the victims feel that they just can not escape from it. Many victims have told us that they feel it is everywhere and that they just can not get away from it. If one person stops, two others join in, and things like that. In many cases, the ones who start the bullying try to get as many people involved as possible. This gives the victims the feeling that everyone is against them. But it can also be cyberbullying by just one person who does not stop to bother their victim or victims.
The internet makes it very easy to bully people. A lot of fake accounts are made just to molest others. And groups are created just to incite others to join the bullying. That can be by sending the victim offensive and harmful messages, ridiculing the victims on social media, adding hate comments to their posts, and much more. And then others join because they might think is funny or they want to be cool. IT IS NOT! Cyberbullying is neither funny nor cool. When you are involved in cyberbullying others for whatever reason: STOP DOING THAT RIGHT AWAY!
When you are the victim of cyberbullying, you need to understand that your bullies believe that you are too afraid to expose them. So that is where you need to start to defend yourself. Expose them by informing your parents or other adults. You can also inform your teacher when they are from the same school. The most important thing you need to do is break the silence and no longer allow them to bully you without consequences.
Most schools and organizations have specialized counselors who are trained to deal with such situations. Get them involved as soon as possible to help you deal with this. And when it still does not stop, you can also consider involving the police when needed. The most important thing that you must always remember is that nobody has the right to do this to you. Even when they think you did something wrong. Yes, even when you think you have done something wrong. Nobody has the right to cyberbully you or anyone else.
It is not easy to stop cyberbullying and we fully understand that you might have a lot of difficulties dealing with it. You have to be strong and make sure you do the right things to make it stop. Here are some tips for you.
- Silence is not going to solve the problem. Inform your parents or other adults.
- Most schools have special counselors to help you deal with this, reach out to them.
- Nobody has the right to cyberbully you or anyone else.
- Make all your social media profiles private and block the bullies.
- Make screenshots so you can show them to your parents or counselors.
- Do not try to answer by cyberbullying or getting others involved.
- Always remember that you are not alone. Reach out to people you trust!