Cyber bullying is a bullying in which happens through text messages or emails online. This is where someone posts rumors on social site such as face book, Twitter and others .one will attempt to conceal the identity of his/her self by making fake profiles or websites and share pictures having defamatory messages and even share private information which embarrasses the person being bullied. Bullying will be done through teasing, talking to make someone to get hurt, and spread rumors. The person being bullied will feel Alone, powerless, different, unpopular, sad, feel sick or may even make the bullied to bully others too. This can happen any where depending on the surrounding environment, learning institutions, towns, cities, suburbs or rural towns. Groups such as youth, bisexual persons, lesbians, gays, disable people and socially isolated persons are mostly subjected to this kind of bullying. Bullying can also affect those who witness as it is linked to negative outcomes such as mental health, drug abuse and even cause suicide. It’s more important to know the effect of cyber-bullying and take precaution prevent occurrences. Noticing signs is the first step in taking action against it.
The person being bullied will be noticed when one appears to be angry, depressed or get frustrated after using electronic device or computer. The person gets to be uneasy about going to social places or events, avoids discussions about what he or she is doing, may even withdraw abnormally from usual friends or family members. Either unexpectedly stops using computer or other electronic devices.
What you should do when you notice such behavior, is to assess how the bullying is impacting on the person and seek therapeutic and emergency help. Talk to the person affected about steps he or she can take to protect him or herself both physically and emotionally. Communicate and explain that he or she is not to take blame and that they are being loved. Involve police if the bullying is criminal or you suspect it might become. Criminal activities can be; threats, extortion, harassing text messages or phone calls, child pornography, sexual exploitation, stalking or taking a photo image of someone in private places. It’s good to encourage that person not to respond to cyber-bullying. Save the messages or photos as evidence. Try to find the identity of who might be the bully. If the bully is anonymous, seek help from the internet service provider if possible. report the bullying to the relevant authorities .officials may intervene to prevent and bring culprits to the book. Use your best judgment and approach the situation with caution. You may even contact an attorney in extreme cases. Encourage the person to take part in extracurricular activities that highlights his or her strengths