Thursday, June 26, 2014

Cyber Bullying Has No Age Limit

We live in awesome times.  With the explosion in computer technology, the world seems smaller. The internet is a fantastic way to make friends all across the world, but with these cool advantages come big disadvantages. One of the most disturbing disadvantages is cyber bullying.

Bullying can happen to people at any age, and in this technologically advanced time, locker rooms and elementary school playgrounds aren't the most common places for this behavior anymore.

In case you don't know what cyber bullying is, take a look at this definition from www.about.com:

Cyber bullying involves being intentionally hurtful of other people through electronic communication. It can take place through a variety of digital means. The goal of cyber bullies is generally to intimidate the victim or damage her reputation.
Cyber bullies may instigate or escalate arguments by text message or chat. They can send harassing emails. Some cyber bullies spread gossip or rumors on social networking sites or other websites.

Hmmm...sound familiar?  If you use any kind of social networking, you've probably witnessed it. Almost every time I log onto a social media account, I see a tweet or a post in my newsfeed with some kind of silly gossip berating another person or attempting to ruin someone's reputation. It's disappointing that not every adult left that kind of behavior behind when they were handed their high school diplomas.

Different tactics are used to cyber bully.  Instead of coming right out and mentioning names, many bullies just use initials or links to blog posts to start a witch hunt.  Maybe this makes the poster feel less like a bully, or maybe it eases their conscious. Either way it's wrong, and it is a form of abuse no matter which way you cut it.

My whole point in writing this is to hopefully make people stop and think. Before sending out a message or making a post that is demeaning to another person, take a moment and ask yourself if you would want somebody to do it to you.  I'd say the answer would be no. 

In a perfect world, everybody is happy and nobody makes mistakes. I'd love to live in a place where nobody ever got hurt. Wouldn't you?  Until then, let's act like grown-ups.

**Bullies beware: There are legal repercussions for your actions**

Have you been a victim of adult cyber bullying? You can fight back! For more information visit: http://www.ehow.com/how_5270535_fight-adult-cyberbullying.html
   

















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