What is cyberbullying?

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What is cyberbullying?

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What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is the practice of repeatedly insulting or threatening a person online. Anyone can become a victim of cyberbullying, but it does tend to be children and teenagers who are most often subjected to it. In the worst cases, it can have serious consequences, with a number of suicides attributed to cyberbullying in recent years.  

For some kids, school has always been synonymous with harassment, often for simply being different. For example, they could be targeted due to their religion, gender identity, nationality, or disability. So when the school bell rang to mark the end of the school day, kids could at least find peace at home.

The problem for victims is that since the 2000s and the advent of social media, harassment is no longer limited to the playground. Everybody is online all the time, whether it be on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter or Facebook.

Cyberbullying can take the form of creating fake profiles, spreading rumors, sending insulting messages, or sharing photos in private and public groups. In the digital age, a message can reach thousands of people within a matter of seconds.

The social and psychological consequences of cyberbullying are potentially terrible. The self-esteem of young victims can take a real hit, with several high-profile cases of suicide. In 2012, Amanda Todd was just 17 years old when she ended her life. Shortly before committing suicide, the Canadian published a Youtube video explaining how she had been a victim of bullying for years. Todd used post its to explain just what a horrible impact the ordeal had had on her life.

NGO Ditch the Label published a report claiming one in 10 bullying victims ends up attempting suicide.

 

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What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is the practice of repeatedly insulting or threatening a person online. Anyone can become a victim of cyberbullying, but it does tend to be children and teenagers who are most often subjected to it. In the worst cases, it can have serious consequences, with a number of suicides attributed to cyberbullying in recent years.  

For some kids, school has always been synonymous with harassment, often for simply being different. For example, they could be targeted due to their religion, gender identity, nationality, or disability. So when the school bell rang to mark the end of the school day, kids could at least find peace at home.

The problem for victims is that since the 2000s and the advent of social media, harassment is no longer limited to the playground. Everybody is online all the time, whether it be on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter or Facebook.

Cyberbullying can take the form of creating fake profiles, spreading rumors, sending insulting messages, or sharing photos in private and public groups. In the digital age, a message can reach thousands of people within a matter of seconds.

The social and psychological consequences of cyberbullying are potentially terrible. The self-esteem of young victims can take a real hit, with several high-profile cases of suicide. In 2012, Amanda Todd was just 17 years old when she ended her life. Shortly before committing suicide, the Canadian published a Youtube video explaining how she had been a victim of bullying for years. Todd used post its to explain just what a horrible impact the ordeal had had on her life.

NGO Ditch the Label published a report claiming one in 10 bullying victims ends up attempting suicide.

 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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