It’s an Issue For All Ages – Cyberbullying
At some point, regardless of age, every teenager will either be subjected to or witness cyberbullying – this is something that is a part of our modern life. These are absolutely mean texts and texts directed at you, your friends, or even others that you’re in close contact with, cyberbullying can sometimes even result in further stalking. It has been a part of our social fabric for years, and no, teenagers, or even children for that matter, are exempt from it.
Those who frequently engage in cyberbullying often don’t seem to care, and they even appear to enjoy it. They seem to think that it’s something that, while awful, is something that shouldn’t be troubling.
This is not the case, however. Cyberbullying is a form of violent action and, from a psychological perspective, it’s very damaging. If I were advising a teenager about it, I would talk to them about what it is, not what they think it is, before getting them involved. I would tell them to think of it as a character defect and to work on changing that. This is a way that you can help them, rather than just turning a blind eye. If you notice that their actions are beginning to get out of control, then the last thing you want to do is allow it to continue.
If you do see that something is being written on someone’s social media that needs to be stopped, get as much information as you can. You don’t want to do something that has the potential to do harm in a similar way to what someone else would. Often you won’t be able to do anything from a distance, but any information you have, like when someone leaves a comment on someone’s profile that may need to be reported or anything else you come across, is absolutely vital.
No matter how casual the situation seems, talking to them is a wise decision, and you can do it even though they won’t like you doing it. It’s always good for someone to support you in these matters, so start putting the word out to your friends or even family. You want to explain to them as much as you can, even when things aren’t that dramatic, to make sure they know that you are aware and to let them know that you are trying to help. This will put them on the same page and make it easier for you to keep a close eye on them.
If you notice that they have started falling victim to cyberbullying, to discuss it with them. Tell them that they should be much less willing to go along with it, and that it’s wrong that they are doing this to themselves. Talk to them about what is happening to their Facebook account, even if it isn’t anything that is offensive and to encourage them to take it down. You want to put a stop to these things and protect them from further harm.
It is absolutely possible that you or another person could be cyberbullied. You can either be the victim or witness, and in either case, it’s very important that you do something about it. Use the information you have to get in touch with someone you trust about it, even if it is just to report it. It may be a ways off in terms of getting a response from the company, but you want to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself at all times.