A trip down the rabbit hole of cyber-bullying leaves one hanging with more questions rather than answers. It is indeed a grotesque world out there.
Cyber-bullying can be any form of threat from one person to the other through electronic communication. Also, internet provides the best platform to accommodate such practices. In the gizmo-world and the internet of things, there is a tendency to overlook such bullying or it remains out of sight. What is known is nothing but a few myths that are devoid of a busting!
Myths On Cyber-bullying
In a study by Center for Innovative Public Health Research, some prevailing myths on the cyber-harassment are debunked. Firstly, there’s a widespread assumption that youth are likely to go through the ordeal online than offline. Reportedly, youth are bullied almost twice in person than through online. In other words, face-to-face harassment dominates the number of online incidents.
Speaking of social media, it goes hand in hand with the bullying. Due to the flimsy privacy standards on the social media, bullies see an opportunity there. The report begs to differ, however. As much as it’s rampant on the social media, platforms like email and IMs have equal stakes here, turns out.
Another myth out there is that the youth who are frequently online are likelier to go through cyber-bullying. In contrast to that, report suggests that six out of seven youth don’t undergo such sordid experience. Surprisingly, most online bullies are the victims themselves. Ones who are bullied offline go through the nightmare even online.
— AntiBullyingAlliance (@ABAonline) January 23, 2017
Anonymity is another crucial factor to consider while addressing cyber-harassment, of course. General public is of an opinion that most of these cases have an anonymous person behind it. Lose those opinions, as it turns out, most bullies aren’t anonymous, but acquaintances. Only 12 percent of youth bullied at schools aren’t aware of their bullies’ identity.
As traumatizing as these harassment online can get, it can culminate to suicide too. In rare suicide cases relating to cyber-harassment, there is often another player like depression, for example. Due to the vastness of the internet and flexible laws, cyber-harassment and bullying is a common occurrence today. More common than most would admit.