Cyberbullied – From The Playground To The Web [INFOGRAPHIC]

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I’ll let you into a little secret. When I was at school, I was bullied very badly. Mainly because I was one of the few people in class serious about doing any work, plus wearing geeky looking prescription glasses didn’t help. But I always took solace in the fact while they were bashing the hell out of me and taking my lunch money, that when I went home at 3.15pm, they couldn’t touch me anymore. At least not until the next morning anyway.

That was back in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, long before the Internet and mobile phones arrived.  But now that we are all wired up online and all carrying phones in our pocket, bullying has taken an ugly turn, in the form of cyberbullying. Now bullies aren’t content to make peoples lives a misery on the playground and in the classroom. They now have to continue the taunts and torments after school via Facebook, other social media such as Twitter, text messaging, instant messaging, and email. For some very determined bullies, there really is no hiding place for their victims anymore, and this inevitably leads to a spike in suicide attempts and successful suicides.

Our infographic today concerns this very subject and it is a subject that we should all be aware about, especially if you have children who are online. Are they really talking to their friends online or are they being tormented by a school bully, who suddenly finds courage hiding behind a computer screen?

Let us know in the comments what you think of this form of bullying. Have you been (or are you at the moment) a victim of cyberbullying? If so, how did you cope or how are you coping right now?  I doubt I will get anyone to have the guts to admit this but are you someone actually engaging in cyberbullying? If so, why are you doing it? Wherever you stand in this issue – victim, tormenter, parent, or just interested onlooker – let us know in the comments what you think of this very sensitive issue.

Click on the infographic to view a larger version

Infographic Source: www.onlinecollege.org
Image Source: kid-josh

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Comments (17)
  • randy

    That infographics is very good . I was bully online by 100peoples and I didn’t know them . So , I left and went underground . Now , I went with different tune . I refuse to have people around me and onlines . I no longer accept their request , block , and have them spam . I am much happier now, I rather want to be left alone and to be alone.
    Thank you , Inforgraphic

  • Scutterman

    I was bullied at school, before cyber-bullying really became a thing and before I had any social network accounts. It’s about a lack of respect, but I’ve never been able to come up with a solution to enable that respect.
    In a similar matter, I was, a year or so ago, part of a group which tried to bridge the gap of respect between adults and young people. It didn’t work out. Even within a group of young people who were striving for acceptance and respect, I felt I wasn’t respected simply because I wasn’t understood and I wasn’t “normal”.

    Something has to be done about cyber-bullying, because I find it unimaginable that what I went through for 6 hours a day other people are suffering through day and night, but I haven’t heard of anything that seems like it will actually work. Any decent scheme targets or attracts the wrong people.

    • Saikat Basu

      Thanks so much for you valuable and insightful; feedback.

  • Spencer Vincent

    I think with sites like Facebook etc THEY should pay for this. When you see disgusting content weather it be bullying or an inappropriate post by anyone, reporting it does absolutely nothing! They also need to raise the age for these social networks back to 16 or maybe 18 and as with gambling websites, use some sort of ID to gain access. They are just too easy.

  • TonyC

    Nice infographic, but can I respectfully ask, what’s the point? Will it make any difference to this horrendous problem? Sure, you can make the problem more public, but I don’t think it will make any difference at all.

    BTW, my personal opinion is that all bullies should be lined up and skittled with a giant wrecking-ball. Bully that, you scumbags!

    • Mark O’Neill

      Of course there is a point. More public awareness is always good but mainly, parents need to be aware of this problem and look out for warning signs that their child is being bullied and is emotionally fragile as a result.

      Schools have it in their best interests not to publicise any bullying coming from their classrooms so it is up to the parents to make sure their children are safe.

    • D.J. Zebbie

      Point. But like I said above, it is a greater issue (about the size of that paragraph — I got it sorted out) that has a lot to do with the deeply embedded stereotypes that are unfortunately still pervasive within our culture.

      Take a look at Japan, for instance, versus the U.S. They are notoriously stringent when it comes to life expectations for the nation’s youth, and those who can’t meet the high-pressure threshold are considered failures and all but abandoned by society.

      Their parents lose social status because the culture of ancestral adherence creates accusations of bad parenting — people have even lost their jobs or been demoted because their kids didn’t get into the top engineering schools.

      As a result, a cultural phenomenon has emerged, known as Hikikomori (sp?), translated as literally “pulling inward, being confined” and compared to the Western definitions of agoraphobia, social anxiety or autistic withdrawal. But some people regard this as a quiet rebellion by the youth against the absolutist pass/fail standards of old — the standards the U.S. wants to replicate with the No Child Left Behind mess that has resulted with tons of kids being left behind because they just didn’t meet the paradigm.

      I think in order to strike at the heart of bullying, we as a *society* need to take a good, hard look at ourselves and the standards we impose upon people and our tooth-and-nail grip upon the old ways of the past. Maybe some kid doesn’t play well with others but can build you an app. Or maybe s/he just doesn’t get one bit of, or care two road-apples about the so-called STEM disciplines but has a remarkable personality and is a gifted artist or comic or musician, dancer, writer, etc. And maybe some kid isn’t going to prom with an opposite-sex date — is that any reason why society, be it school, parents, peers — should cast them off, or worse, torture them to the point of suicide? Of course not. :-(

      Simply put, we all need to become more tolerant. That’s not a weakening of moral fabric or letting the inmates run the asylum / the kiddos coup d’etat the daycare, despite what people in positions of authority (usually of a more right-leaning persuasion) might think. That’s just called being human. And maybe the reason why so much bullying is happening is because there’s an increased awareness, and people who bully are going to amp it up even more because they don’t want to accept that finally, people are calling them out for what they’re doing that’s wrong.

      Doesn’t mean we don’t need to continue fighting the good fight. :-)

    • Saikat Basu

      Stereotyping is prevalent in all societies. Even the most developed ones. It is a peculiar human condition and I would go as far as to say – a disease. It starts right from kindergarten (e.g.. fat kids are often not called out to play), and goes on to the gravestones. Parents encourage it by comparing their kids to someone who is doing well. It has deep physiological effects and is more often not the difference between a confident kid (and man) and an under-confident one. Thanks for your insights.

  • Kelly Buchanan

    Well done infographic. A great starting point for discussions. I will pass it along. Thanks for sharing.

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