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Beware Of Cyberbullying

Dr Debarati Halder, Expert, Dr Debarati Halder

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place online. Devices such as cell phones, computers, and tablets, and tools of communication such as social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites make up the platform for this.

A few examples of cyberbullying are mean text messages or emails, rumours sent by email or posted on social networking sites, embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, fake profiles, uploading morphed pictures etc. Cyberbullying can become a cybercrime as well.

Cyberbullying is much scarier than normal bullying because the spread of information is rather fast using an online platform. Children who are cyberbullied may be bullied in person as well and this just intensifies the gravity of the situation. This makes the children go through extreme trauma and humiliation.

“Cyber victimization will continue to grow in the future, due in no small part to the increase in smartphone use, the sustained presence of bullying and a backlash against the tools used to fight online victimization,” read an excerpt from the article ‘Why Is Cyber Victimization Likely to Increase in the Future?’ by Jacob Andrew, which was published in Tech in our Everyday Life.

Cyberbullying can’t be stopped by strong walls. It can happen to anyone, anytime, day or night. Anonymous posting of messages and images by cyber bullies can be distributed quickly to a very wide audience. It can be difficult and sometimes impossible to trace the source. And, it will be hard to erase the data shared completely.

Want to know how you can save your children from cyberbullying? Flip through the ClipBook “Beware Of Cyberbullying.”

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