Every couple of years thing stagnate a bit and if it’s good we think it can’t get any better and when it’s bad we think it can’t get any worse. Well, lucky for us and unfortunately for us both are not true, because we can always do better and unfortunately we can always do worse, according to some we have sunk to a new low. That new low is cyberbullying and its incredible expansion. Couple of years back nobody knew about cyberbullying, now kids are committing suicide and there has been the first official conviction for cyberbullying.
The first conviction that came from charges for cyberbullying was in Britain, where a certain 18 year old pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 3 months in a young offenders’ institution and also got a 5 year ban from approaching the person that was cyberbullied. There has been a big move in this direction and we all feel like it started suddenly, we are asking ourselves where did this came from? The fact is that it was here for quite some time we just pretended we didn’t notice or that it wasn’t that big of a deal. Well, we all changed our opinions when first teen took his life because he couldn’t take it anymore.
We have officially sunk to a new low; we can’t even protect our children from internet predators. Well, some will say that but we know that is not the case.
Most of those so call predators, in fact more than 90%, are teenagers from school where the cyberbullied kid goes. The fact is that over 70% of those teens that practice cyberbullying have never showed any form of violent behavior in school and they were always quiet. When you think about it, internet gives anonymity, or so it seems, so any kid without control or supervision could stray from the path. That is the fault of teachers and parents for not paying attention to what their kids are doing online.
That is the only solution, care, awareness and prevention. Many kids are getting all kinds of cell phone messages and social site mails suggesting bad things, that didn’t come out of nowhere. The most frightening thing is that kids think it’s fun, this has become some popular trend with teens and most of them don’t see any wrong in this. They still don’t see the serious side and the consequences this kind of behavior may cause others. So parents and teachers should stay alert and prohibit any similar form of online behavior. Friends should discourage others to involve themselves in such type of behavior and we should all avoid any form of abusing, insulting, provoking and of course threatening online and in real life.