What is Cyber Bullying?
It is the utilization of technology in any of its forms, to harass, intimidate, threaten, or harm an individual with an intention to do so. It can happen in several forms, both small and huge. And the repercussions it has on the lives of its victims can be just as varied.
How does it work?
It can be directly launched, or indirectly carried out. The former involves direct messages and letters or calls to the victim, while the latter involves passive bullying, by involving a proxy or an accomplice. The proxy or the accomplice might be involved either knowingly or unknowingly.
Why do people get into the practice of Cyber Bullying?
The ways of the human mind are many and twisted. Psychologists have researched and tried to explain a great many number of human behaviors. But this is a grey area, and the reasons why human beings engage in any harmful or victimizing activities vary from case to case. And so it is with cyber bullying too.
But like most acts of passive terrorism, cyber bullying is motivated by repressed anger, anxiety, hatred, frustration, and general negativity. There are some cyber bullies who engage in this wrong deed merely because it gives them a sense of power, or turns out to be a form of entertainment. These kinds of people are borderline psychopaths, say psychologists.
However, all said and done, the motive behind each case of cyber bullying is unique, and needs to handled or dealt with on a case to case basis, instead of being considered as a generality. It is one of the important things to remember.
What are the consequences of Cyber Bullying?
It can leave scars that last a lifetime. The victim can be affected in any manner, depending upon their constitution and tolerability. Sometimes, victims are not even aware of how the experience affected them, until the effects surface years, or decades later. Some of the common effects of traditional bullying, on the victim, include –
• Anxiety and depression
• Inability to trust
• Paranoia and other disorders
• Fear of technology
• Self harming
These are just a few prevalent examples. There are several other traumas that cyber bullying could cause.
What can you do to help?
The most effective way anyone can help to stop or reduce traditional bullying is to report any case of this wrong doing, and to raise today’s kids in the right manner.