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