Whether we accept it or not, it is said that exploitation, oppression, intimidation and intimidation have been around us since the beginning of human civilization. If there is no change in them in these past years, it has not come even though it is still prevalent in society in different forms. Rather, it can be said that this has increased with technological development. It is not an exaggeration to say that it is a social cancer.
A new form of bullying, or cyberbullying, has become a growing problem in countries around the world today. If seen, the difference in cyberbullying is that it is online. The children most affected by this are children. It affects not only physically but mentally as well. As a result, suicide, mental stress and many different problems arise.
Social networks, including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter, are the most common places for online harassment. The following cyberbullying figures show how serious this problem is, and there is a dire need for an effective solution –
- The most common cause (form) of online harassment: Average comments are around (22.5%).
- 35% of people send screenshots of someone’s photo to others for laughs and jokes.
- 61% are teenagers who report being bullied. And this is mainly related to how they dress, how they look different from a popular belief (their, texture, beauty, etc.).
- About 56% of online harassment victims report that they were harassed on Facebook.
- 7 out of 10, youngsters experience cyberbullying by the time they reach the age of 18.
What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is a variety of things like harassing, threatening, intimidating, or embarrassing anyone else online. Typically, these comments, on average, are made through online rumors and even sexual abuse comments.
They are mainly associated with appearance, dress, intelligence, sex, sex, etc. of a person.
Essentially, anything posted online is intended to hurt or harass another person, regardless of the subject, is considered cyberbullying.
The most common methods of online harassment
Apart from posting comments online, spreading rumors, and posting sexual comments, etc. In a cyber attack, individuals commonly use offensive and violent words, threats, profile hacking, and photo sharing without consent.
64% of victims who receive offensive messages say they know the perpetrator personally.
When criminals know their victims in person, they often harass, embarrassing them online, mostly making fun of their photos or updates in their group chats.
Casteism and sex discrimination are prevalent in society today, as well as due to their financial difficulties and religion, some have to become a joke.
Who is the victim of cyber attack-
Although cyberbullying is mostly associated with school children, many adults are also victims of cyberbullying. The most common children are young adults (especially girls), students, and members of the LGBTQ community.
LGBT cyberbullying figures show that LGBT teenagers suffer more harassment than heterosexual adolescents. More than 14% of adolescents in the LGBT community have reported cyber harassment, with many not able to react to it for social reasons. In which 58% hateful things and 35% online exploitation related cases.
As far as criminals are concerned, they belong to all areas. Studies show that children suffering from poor parental care, depression, or anxiety exhibit harassing behaviors, but nothing can be said concretely.
Effects of cyberbullying
It has a great impact on the mental health of the victim and their overall quality of life. Statistics say that as a matter of fact, some harassers become more aggressive online because their actions have hardly any real-world consequences.
Cyberbullying victims have often been found to experience very low self-esteem, high social anxiety, depression, and many suicidal thoughts.
Cyberbullying also causes alcohol and drug abuse, neglect to eat and drink, poor school performance, etc. Cyber harassment is the cause of more suicides than ever before.
A global problem
This is indeed a global issue. The top 3 countries where cyberbullying is most prevalent are India, Brazil, and the United States. But it is a common occurrence in every country. Social media cyber bullying figures show that – over 65% of parents worldwide view cyberbullying on social media as their children’s biggest fear.
While many countries are trying to implement anti-cyberbullying law, yet an effective solution is needed. Today cyber awareness is at a good level, which is calling for governments around the world to take measures to prevent it.
All of this serves to show how harmful cyberbullying is and how important it is to stop it.
Policies to protect children and young people from cyberbullying are essential. A national helpline should be established to support children and youth. Responsibility should also be considered in relation to the collection, information, and management of data, especially the ethical standards of social network companies. There is a need to talk about and make aware of the online crimes of children and youth. Training teachers and parents to prevent and respond to cyberbullying, especially for weaker sections. Awareness is an effective way to get rid of this problem.