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Cyber Bullying

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´╗┐Behind the screens Remember the classic: ?Sticks and stones may break your bones but words will never hurt you?. Now with the help of technology the aged truth has turned reality for many teenagers and kids alike. Bullying, an unfortunate but seemingly unavoidable human activity, which has lingered on through centuries-maybe from the beginning of time-when the first life form began and now to the present day. Sadly, the 21st century has taken a new twist on the act of torture though the wider world of telecommunications with an aid of a text, a wall post on face book or even an email. The term ?cyber bullying? can be defined ?by the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or a group that is intended to harm others.? But in reality bullying demoralizes the victim?s self-esteem; make them so isolated and even in dismay of living. ...read more.


Teenagers or even kids don?t even feel safe in their own beds; not knowing when the silent text will strike. Their are now being constantly tormented with stomach-churning words and obscene images because the access of 24hour unlimited communication; no doubts has its advantages , we can be in contact with people at any time of the day but certain people are taking advantage, leading to dangerous and violent crime that is abusing the beauty of the technology. As black letters of hatred and abuse fill my screen, launching an attack of rumours and insult; as I read the words filled with venom; from the colour of skin to the way my body is, those words hurt; made me wake at night screaming. The words that clearly stated why I don?t belong in this world made me look at my reflection: what if they were telling the truth? Am I really a loser? Worthless? Nothing? I knew I wasn?t going to shed a tear: those skinny jean clad monsters knew that they used would make me frightened, intimidated and distressed. ...read more.


One way to protect yourself is to keep all personal information private and only add people you know personally to your blog or page. However, once it starts it can be hard to stop but what you can do is to never respond to harassing or rude comments, save or print the evidence or Report the problem to your school or local law enforcement if you feel threatened. But most importantly share your problem with your parent/guardian or the school after all a problem shared is a problem halved. Bullying: it?s dangerous. It needs to stop. Before it?s too late. Cyber bullying can take place anytime, anywhere and with anyone. They are misusing the power of technology to make spiteful pages on face book or send them hateful email about the appearance of a person, their colour of their skin, the shape of their body or even portraying the factors that makes them different to the society to the rest of the world, this has lead to many suicides across the world for the past 10 to 20 years; where technology has been its strongest. ...read more.

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