Fighting Back against Cyberbullying
Bullying has long been a fact of life. This hurtful behavior used to be limited to schools and playgrounds. In recent years, however, a new form of it has emerged: cyberbullying. Young people are connected twenty-four hours a day through text messages, e-mails, and social media. As a result, bullying can now happen anywhere and anytime.
There are many examples of cyberbullying. Someone might use another person’s Facebook account and post personal pictures of that person. It could also involve spreading rumors online or sending threatening messages. In many cases, cyberbullies keep their identities hidden, so you may not know who is bullying you. No matter how it’s done, cyberbullying can leave people feeling hurt or depressed.
For this reason, it’s important to know what to do if you or someone you care about is bullied online. One tip is to avoid responding. Bullies often feed off people’s reactions. Another helpful step is to take a picture of your phone or computer screen as proof. That way, cyberbullies won’t be able to deny their actions later.