Bullying that happens through the utilization of digital technologies such as smartphones, desktops, and tablets is known as cyberbullying. Cyberbullying may occur through SMS, text, and app messages, as well as online on social networks, forums, and video games where individuals can watch, participate, or leave comments. Cyberbullying, like face-to-face bullying, can present itself in a range of actions.
As per multiple recent studies, an alarming 40 percent of school bullying remains unreported. We must act to correct the issue, whether it is due to a lack of awareness of the issue, the normalization of rituals in our culture, or just an unwillingness to perceive it.
Because of the capacity to connect with nearly anybody at any moment, a new kind of bullying termed cyberbullying has emerged. This may happen in a diverse range of ways, all of which are not malevolent, but each of them exploits existing technologies in some manner.
Cyberbullying can be committed in a variety of ways, including:
Message sent via text:
Every day, the average American adolescent sends and receives hundreds of text messages. Recently, a small number of smartphones gained the ability to block a specific number. Even after graduating from high school, if the bully has your contact information, the harasser may continue to disturb you with lewd messages. This intrusion into what might be your safe space and time magnifies the emotional impact of bullying.
Posting insulting remarks on somebody’s web or social media webpage, or through messaging apps, email messages, and chat rooms, are said to be on fire. This usually occurs during online clashes, and chatting is usually characterized by rage and foul language.
Harassment. Harassment is defined as the continuous transmission of hostile, abusive, or threatening letters to people or organizations via the internet. This can happen to the victim either officially or unofficially.
Catfishing is when someone impersonates someone who is not you and impersonates someone else online, including the identity of the victim.
It is the action of criticizing a person using online posts or gossiping online.
Developing a team or occasion to remove someone not tagging or welcoming anybody in the photo, as well as removing one from online chats, is an example of isolation.
Call for Action:
Since the consequences of online harassment can be very severe (for both bullies and victims), teachers, parents, and even other students must work collaboratively to help stop cyberbullying and initiate a call for an action plan.
Separate strategies for Teachers, Parents, and Students have been devised and are as follows:
Ultimately, every state has a law that requires schools to deal with bullying. As cyberbullying becomes more prevalent due to the use of technology, many states have included cyberbullying in their laws and mentioned cyberbullying crimes. Schools may take action, as required by law, or by local or school policies, and may take disciplinary action or other action. In some states, there are also regulations to combat bullying if it affects school performance. Even when you’re trying to deal with cyberbullying, you’ll be intimately acquainted with every state’s laws and policies.