Myths and Consequences of Cyberbullying

           Cyber-bullying is the illegality when a child, a teenager is threatened, harassed, mocked, tormented, humiliated by another child, teenager using any technology that can be used to interact online. Cyber-bullying is only applied if on both sides, the offender and the victim, are children or teenagers. In case an adult is involved in these kinds of harassments it’s called cyber-harassment or cyber-stalking.

            The methods of cyber-bullying depend on the child’s imagination and different technologies that are at hand. In a defensive way, children often change places from victims to bullies.

            Parents usually get worried about the lewd language that is used by children in cyber-bullying to harm and embarrass each other. The language used in the messages, between the teenagers, often reach high amplitude and event get to death threats or serious bodily harm.

            There are cases of children who were involved in cyber-bullying that have committed murder or have suicide.

            Cyber-bullying in the most harmful cases can get to legal charges and it may result in charges like juvenile delinquency or, in case of teenagers, could get charges of cyber-harassment. In most cases it doesn’t get that far, although parents ask for lawyer advice and pursue for criminal charges. Usually the outcome of a curt-judgment is the deleting of the ISP or IM accounts. In cases of account theft, depending on the seriousness of the crime, could be trialed as a federal law felony.

            Schools usually try to get involved in the wellbeing of their students and often are sued for exceeding their authority and for violating the children’s free speech. In this law suits the schools often lose. It’s recommended that schools that want to protect children from cyber-bullying to add in the school contract that, for the wellbeing of their students, to have the right to discipline students for the actions off-campus.

    Here are a few myths about cyber-bulling:

1. Cyber-bullying is just kids fooling around.

All forms of abuse from the physical ones to the emotional ones are harmful. More than 97% of the children have been bullied.

2. There are no laws that protect children from being bullied.

In America 47 states accepted the anti-bullying law that oblige the schools to report them when it happens.

3. It is consider bulling only if it’s physical.

Verbal bulling and indirect bulling (cyber-bulling) are as harmful and are affecting children mentally causing them stress, leading to depression.

4. Cyber-bulling is harmless.

Suicides among kids and teenagers are very sad, but also it’s the 3rd leading cause of death for young people, so bulling is not that harmless.

5. Fitting back to stop bullying is the best way to stop it.

Totally not true, this will only provoke bully and create problems for yourself. Try to protect yourself and tell the bully to stop the harassments. In case the bullying doesn’t stop appeal to parents, teacher or school counselors for help.

6. If you try to report a bully you only get in more trouble.

Reporting in time in case you are bullied could stop all the torment, helping you and maybe someone else that has the same problem.

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