What is Cyber Bullying?

Bullying is an unwanted act of harming people in a deliberate way. It is common with school aged children. Both kids who are bullied and who bullies may have serious unceasing problems. Bullies may use their physical strength or the secret embarrassing information’s to hurt people for e.g.: teasing, taunting, spreading rumors, embarrassing somebody in public, hitting, fighting or being mean to them etc.


What is Cyber Bullying?

With the rise in technology, Bullying gave birth to a new kind of it. The cyber bullying is a kind of bullying which takes place using electronic medium. This may include the use of computers, cell phones, internet, social media sites and text messages.

Sending mean messages, emails, spreading rumors in social networking sites, posting embarrassing pictures or videos in public, making fake profiles and defaming come under cyber bullying.

The usual bullying can happen in schools or playgrounds but cyber bullying can happen at any time of day and night making it even more dangerous. Moreover the bullying can be done anonymously and if the embarrassing picture is posted, it will get spread quickly to a large audience, making it even harder for the person who is bullied.

Who are bullied?

Those who are perceived as different, overweight kids, underweight kids, bespectacled ones, who belongs to different race, new to school, poor kids, wallflowers and who are not so “cool” are being bullied.

Effects of Bullying

Bullying has negative physical and mental impacts on the kids. They become depressed and sad. They lose interest in everything they liked, health goes down, studies are deeply affected and these problems may continue to their adulthood. This results into becoming door mats and loss of self-esteem.
It is found that the convicts of shooting cases in USA in 1990’s have bullying histories.
The kids who bully others too are unsafe and may develop a violent streak in them. They get easily around drugs, involve in fights, become abusive and have prospects of becoming delinquents.
The risk of suicide hovers around, as few may be weak and cannot weigh the burden of being bullied.


A survey in USA has reported quite shocking percentages of bullying among kids in grades 4-8.

  •  42% of kids have been bullied while online.
  •  35% of kids have been threatened online.
  •  21% of kids have received mean or threatening e-mails or other messages.
  • 58% of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online.
  • 58% have not told their parents or an adult about something mean or hurtful that happened to them online.

Preventing Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying can be prevented with the help of parents only. If parents administer their children and their online activities, cyber bullying would be much easier to be traced and reported. The understanding between the parents and their offspring must be good such that the kids share if something bad had happened.
The use of technology has to be kept in limits and proper monitoring of the activities will surely help in reducing cyber bullying levels. However, everyone should be strong in life. Fight with the problems and beat it down.



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