By Kenneth Javellana, Guest Contributor to TechAddiction
NOTE: The views and opinions expressed in guest articles are solely those of the author and are not necessarily the views of TechAddiction and/or Dr. Conrad.
“When you get bullied in school, you can go home and forget about it,” said the older woman. Seated across her was the host of the show.
“But when you are being bullied online it’s almost impossible to avoid,” she continued.
The woman who gave this powerful statement was a child psychologist. She was being interviewed on a lifestyle show regarding cyberbullying. Her strong words immediately gave me goose bumps because there was some truth in it.
Internet access and its role in cyberbullying
The internet is increasingly accessible to the public. Internet-
Offline vs. online bullying
There is no doubt that offline bullying has reached alarming levels. Graphic videos of teenagers and children being bullied by their peers go viral on social networks. Some go as far as making it to the mainstream news headlines, increasing public awareness on the realities of bullying. A fact of real-
Cyberbullies can be reported for abuse in social networks and other online services where the bullying is taking place. However, it takes time before these reports are attended to. Until then, the victim would have to endure continued torment.
When bullies are kicked out of online communities, they can easily join again by creating new accounts under different emails.
The consequences of cyber bullying
Emotional stress can leads to mental problems. Stress caused by cyber bullying can lead to anxiety and depression. A child or teen may display a lack of appetite, sleep disturbances, incessant worrying, irritability, social withdrawal, and other symptoms. Unfortunately, there have also been cases of cyberbullying leading to suicide.
Cyberbullying can lower self-
It may lead to physical assault. If a cyberbully is within the same school or city as a child, it places the victim at risk being confronted or attacked in person. Bullies can use the internet to terrorize their victims with threats, demeaning comments, and name calling at the beginning before confronting them in real-
Victims can be traumatized. Ideally, one can move on from bullying when it has passed. However, this is much easier said than done. Months or years of bullying can lead to emotional and psychological trauma that may deeply impact a person long after the bullying has stopped. In children, it might cause them to carry feelings of vulnerability and hopelessness well into adulthood.
Advice for parents
As a parent in a technology-
Guest Author Bio
This article was written by Kenneth Javellana, an advocate of responsible parenthood in the modern-day setting. At times he also writes about health-related articles that can benefit the family. Ken is an analyst at Broadband Expert, a company that caters to businesses in need of cheap internet.
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