Cyber Bullying

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Cyber Bullying
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Cyber Bullying
Cyber bullying basically refers to the utilization of technology or electronic mediums by
groups of people or an individual to consistently and advertently upset and humiliate someone
else. The practice may have adverse consequences on the victim and in most cases it impacts
negatively on the victim’s self-esteem, self-confidence, as well as metal health. In worst case
scenarios, cyber bullying may lead to self-harm, in addition to suicide on the part of the victim. It
is worth noting that cyber bullying assumes multiple forms which include threats, intimidation,
impersonation, harassment, stalking, vilification, defamation, peer rejection, as well as ostracism.
In some instances, cyber bullying is a continuation of physical bullying, with electronic media
providing an appropriate avenue to extend the physical bullying or retaliate for the same. There
are multiple reasons why individuals find it fit to cyberbully others. Some of reasons include,
family, personal or social issues, boredom, early childhood experiences, dislike for someone
else, provocation, retaliation, lack of empathy, poor self-esteem, as well as a craving for
attention. Today, cyberbullying is at an all-time high with most of the victims being adolescent
girls. In addition, the criminal prosecution of perpetrators is often difficult since most of them
cyberbully anonymously and conceal their locations.
In the past, I have witnessed someone being bullied over the internet. The victim in this
case was an adolescent girl who was being trolled on Facebook after someone else had shared
nude photos of her without her consent. The individual who had uploaded the images retained an
anonymous identity and as a result, it was difficult to identify him/her. In addition, most of the
individuals were making mean comments about the images while a few of them tried to console
the disenchanted victim. When I first came across the online bullying, I pleaded with the
anonymous individual who had uploaded to the photos to pull down the post as soon as possible.
Nonetheless, my plea fell on deaf ears and the perpetrator advanced his/her humiliation
campaign by encouraging others to continue bashing the victim.
There are several things that made me realize that the victim was being bullied. First, the
cyberbullying victim did not appear particularly pleased by the breach of privacy on her part.
This was evident from her reaction and comments which showed that she was clearly disturbed
and unhappy. Second, the comments that were trickling in on the perpetrators post were
particularly mean and humiliating with intonations of thinly-veiled mockery. Third, the photos
were swiftly reposted, shared and recirculated online with little regard to the victim’s feelings.
Moreover, other online bullies seemed to be enthralled by the constant circulation of the photos
and the harsh comments they attracted. This only served to lower the girl’s self confidence and
self-esteem, a clear proof that cyberbullying was taking place. Four, the perpetrator retained an
anonymous identity throughout the trolling to avoid being identified or prosecuted. Lastly, I
realized the events taking place were reminiscent of cyberbullying since the perpetrator seemed
to be familiar with the victim and the bullying itself was largely intentional.

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