Stop Cyberbullying Act
 

Cyberbullying

If you can see it, you can stop it.

 

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Cyberbullying: a growing social issue

 
 
 

50%

of teenagers have been victims of cyberbullying.

25%

of teenagers have been bullied online multiple times.

50%

of teenagers do not tell their parents when bullied online.

4500

teenagers commit suicide each year because of cyberbullying.

 
 

Yet, 95% of teenagers that witnessed bullying on social media report that others, like them, have ignored the behaviour.

 
 

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Cyberbullying can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 
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Bullying in the internet era

The world is more connected than it has ever been. Skype, email, Facebook, Twitter. We can snap a picture on our phones, post a thought or share a joke with thousands of other people - all within a matter of seconds. Today’s teens, having never known a world without the Internet, are especially adept at picking up new technology and use electronic communication to create vital social networks. Problems arise when the technology that is supposed to bring people together is used instead to abuse others, pushing peers out of their social network into a world that is filled with loneliness, embarrassment, fear or shame. 

Unlike other forms of bullying, the harassment, humiliation, intimidation and threatening of others through cyberbullying occurs 24 hours a day. It is relentless and aggressive, reaching kids at the dinner table while sitting with their parents, or in the privacy of their bedroom. There is no safe zone. 

 

The impact of Cyberbullying

Kids who bully others through electronic means are able to hide behind the technology, remaining anonymous if they choose. Kids who cyberbully don’t immediately see the reaction of their words or taunts, which might otherwise spark some empathy for the pain they have caused. Not witnessing the reaction of others makes it easier to become more aggressive and vicious. 

Kids who witness cyberbullying by receiving messages or forwarding them to others don’t consider themselves as being part of the problem. Forwarding hurtful messages or content can increase the number of people who witness the bullying of another by thousands, instantly. “Liking” a message or passing it on tells the person who is cyberbullying that his or her behaviour is okay, and makes it easier for that person to become more aggressive and vicious.    

Kids who are cyberbullied feel an intense sense of isolation, fear, loneliness and despair. Their desperation can sometimes lead to acts of self-harm or tragically, even suicide.

 
 
 

 

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