There are several different types of bullying, but cyber-bullying is one of the worst kinds. Recently, cyber-bullying has led to several highly publicized suicides. Young people who were emotionally harassed by one or more persons and felt that the harassment was too unbearable. The harassment was so awful that these young people took their own lives. It is very important to start a discussion on bullying that helps people to spot the signs and stop bullying in its tracks.
Cyber-bullying can include spreading embarrassing videos, posting embarrassing pictures, spreading rumors, turning friends against past members of the group, posting threatening messages online, or harassing someone because of their sexual orientation, religion or even their weight. Sometimes individuals are even harassed because they are not cool enough.
The school is not the only place that cyber-bullies exist. There have also been instances of cyber-bullying in the workplace. Co-workers who send out derogatory e-mails about others at work or text back and forth about a particular person are also cyber-bullies. Anti-bullying orientation offered to all new employees can be a great preventative measure.
Almost anyone can end up being the victim or a target of a cyber-bully. Cyber-bullying can spread far and wide because you don’t even have to know a person to be the victim of a cyber-bully. They can pick a profile online and launch a virtual campaign of harassing that person. Anyone can see someone’s profile on a social networking site and target them as their victim.
The sad thing is that cyber-bullies usually have low self-esteem themselves. Because of their low self esteem, it gives them some type of confidence to pick on someone they see as being weaker than themselves. Bullies often use bullying as a way to mask their own insecurities and to make themselves look better in their group of peers.
Anti-bullying programs in school will help bring more of a discussion to the schools. Programs at school open up the discussion so that students can be aware of what their own actions mean and what the effect of their actions may be. Teachers and caregivers also need to learn to recognize the signs of bullying and find ways to intervene.
Solutions are needed and the discussion needs to be extended from schools to churches and other youth venues. Someone may not feel comfortable talking about bullying to someone at school, but they may feel comfortable talking to someone at church. Sports teams are another place the students may need to explore the bullying discussion to curb some of the initiations that may occur in that arena.
Parents should be involved and conscious about their children’s online activities. Bullying may not seem like a problem to a parent whose child has never been bullied, but they should make sure that their child is not bullying anyone else. Every parent should start a conversation with their child about bullying because that child may identify someone that needs help. The parent should then share what their child shared under strict confidentiality with school counselors. Anyone interested in anti-bullying techniques or help can find it online at www.bullying.org.