These days everybody is on the Internet. But is it good for us? I believe technology is great but cyber-bullying is WRONG!
Self-Esteem-These days social-networks are like a swarm of bees a few 100 join then it's a few 1000 and before you know it it's out of control. You might be happily putting others down on social networking sites such as snap-chat or Facebook but I bet you didn't know that cyber bullying is proven to cause low self-esteem. People don't realise that it has a greater impact on their personality and even worse their lives.People will feel neglected, alone and hurt, they will believe everything the bully or bullies are saying and will be sucked into their lies. Did you know that many people a year commit suicide because of low self-esteem and cyber bullying?
What do people achieve by hurting others? I don't understand and neither do the 3 billion people around the world protesting against it! So I think it's time to face the facts. Literally. 95% of social media using teens who have witnessed cruel on line behaviour before have simply ignored it, here's a quote to go along with that shocking piece of truth "Hiding behind a pretty screen doesn't make it better, words speak louder than actions" Think that's bad, hear this, nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online. 1 in 4 have had it happen more than once but only 1 out of 10 will tell someone about it. Terrifying information but the only way to change it is to change the way we ALL act on line.
So where are we going wrong? How did cyber bullying start? And how can we stop it once and for all? When people send you a mean text or message they are only doing it for one reason, to get a reaction if you respond saying "I hate u 2!" Then it has worked and believe it or not YOU have just started your own fight and it will only gradually get worse to the point where a group of people will trap you on the Internet and it's only because you fired them up. Sometimes the person who is the bully is somebody you don't even know but that still doesn't give you permission to respond in a mean way because that makes you just as bad. How do we stop it? That is a tough question but the only way is easy stop sending mean messages you bullies and if you don't respond sign out or off so you can't see or hear anything they say about you, remove yourself from the situation completely then you won't feel depressed and the bully's "plan" didn't work. You win.
Before you send that mean message, THINK. What are the consequences? Who will you hurt? How can you change them by one mean comment? If you're a cyber-bully then the Internet is not for YOU!
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