What is Cyberbullying? How it Effects and How to Stop It

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Sometimes it’s hard to tell if someone is just joking or trying to hurt you, especially online.

But if you feel hurt but other people laugh at you instead of joking, then the joke is considered an act of bullying or intimidation.

When bullying occurs online, it is called cyberbullying . So, what is cyberbullying?

Reported by UNICEF , Thursday (11/18/2021), Cyberbullying is intimidation with the use of digital technology, such as on social media, gaming platforms , and mobile phones. This is repetitive behavior, intended to frighten, anger or humiliate those who are being targeted.

Face-to-face bullying and cyberbullying often occur together. But cyberbullying leaves a digital footprint or a record that can be useful and provide evidence to help stop the abuse of online media .

Cyberbullying Effect

When bullying occurs online , you can feel attacked everywhere, even within your own home. This can have lasting effects and affect a person, such as:

• Mental: feeling annoyed and even angry

• Emotional: feeling embarrassed or losing interest in things you enjoy

• Physical: feeling tired, or experiencing symptoms such as stomach aches and headaches

In extreme cases, cyberbullying can even lead to people taking their own lives.

Although cyberbullying can affect us in many ways, it can be overcome and people can regain their confidence and health.

How to Stop Cyberbullying

When you are cyberbullied, you may want to delete certain apps or stay offline for a while to have time to recuperate. But getting off the internet is not a long term solution.

If you want cyberbullying to stop, one of the best things to do is to report cyberbullying . However, laws on bullying , particularly regarding cyberbullying , are relatively new and still do not exist in all countries.

This is why many countries rely on other relevant laws, such as laws against harassment, to punish cyberbullies .

In countries that have specific laws on cyberbullying , online behavior that intentionally causes serious emotional distress is considered a crime.

Even in certain countries, victims of cyberbullying can seek protection, such as banning communications from certain people and limiting the use of electronic devices used by that person for cyberbullying , temporarily or permanently.

Think Before Sharing to the Online World

However, it is important to remember that punishment is not always the most effective way to change a bully’s behavior. We need to think about what we share or say that might hurt others.

In addition, we also need to be kind to each other, both online and in real life.

Because stopping cyberbullying is n’t just about calling out bullies, it’s also about acknowledging that everyone deserves respect, both online and in real life.

Author: Vania Dinda Marella

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