Cyberbullying is a problem that people of all ages can experience, it’s not just limited to happening to teenagers and young adults. It can consist of aggressive behavior and multiple threatening acts meant to hurt people through social media platforms. Usually people that engage in cyberbullying are successful at it because they can hide behind a social media network account and not be held accountable for their abusive behavior. The truth is that it has become so common, that a study showed that 20-40 percent of teenagers have reported having been victims of this kind of bullying.
This issue can result in serious problems, that can be difficult to solve and can be irreversible. People who experience cyberbullying are at an increased risk of developing anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. Bullying has also been related to many other physical health problems like stomachaches, sleep problems, headaches, tension, bed-wetting, fatigue, and poor appetite. People who experience this tend to suffer through this silently, some don’t know where or how to get help while others take very drastic measures to stop the social media abuse. For example, as a result of cyberbullying someone can become depressed to the point where they think that there is no other way out, but to commit suicide. That is the case for a lot of people going through this problem. having low self esteem due to this can affect every aspect of a persons life. Just like depression it can prevent someone from going to work or school and achieving goals in their life. Additionally, depressed individuals with low self esteem are at a higher risk of substance abuse and violent behavior.
One good way to stand up against cyberbullying is to set boundaries with the people that you choose to communicate with, Specially the ones that you don’t know personally, because more than likely those will be the people that will easily try to exert power over you and bully you through social media. Be very cautious about profiles that don’t have too many photos or information and the ones that don’t have a profile picture at all. A profile that doesn’t have a main picture is a big red flag and if you have any users like that as your friends on any social media platform, I would recommend you delete/block them. Don’t be afraid to use your voice and protect your feelings from any hurtful words people might tell you, its not true and you should not take it personally.
What are other ways to fight back against cyberbullying that don’t result in a person having to use hurtful words to reply back? Let me know!
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