Cyberbullying, when you hear this word, what comes to your mind?
It’s bullying in another form, right? Bullying someone specifically on social media or the online world. Here’s the definition of the word from WordWeb.
Use of internet and mobile technologies to bully, esp. amongst children and teenagers.
Let’s talk about ‘bullying’ first since it is basically the same as ‘cyberbullying’ in most parts and I want to share my personal experience, too. Bullying has been widespread over the years. I, for one, experienced this when I was in my early years of childhood. Being the youngest in a family of 5, I always get a lot of bullying encounters. I cannot forget those bullying I’ve experienced even if that was more than 2 decades ago. I can’t tell you the exact memory because I don’t want to make this a very long blog post. At that time, I’m really hurt and I recalled wondering if I’m adopted or not. When I was 9 years old, I was diagnosed with a sickness. In undergoing such medications, one of the side effects is that you will lose your hair. I was so bullied by the kids around my neighborhood because I forgot to wear a hat. What the neighborhood kids did hurts me that I don’t go out and play anymore. I just stayed at home, watched TV shows or read books.
These are just a few of my bullying experiences while growing up. The effect it has on me is quite different. Why? Yes, I may feel hurt by these experiences before but these things contributed to me being a stronger person I am today. Maybe it’s a good thing that I’m an optimistic kind of person because it helped me a lot to be positive in my life even if I experienced bad situations.
You see, it may sound fun to bully other people but honestly, it’s not. If you’re in the shoes of the bullied person, it’s difficult. It will somehow affect the bullied person, one way or another. Some may overcome it, others don’t. If you read the news, some commit suicide so that they won’t undergo bullying anymore. All the more in the social media world, right? With the internet and gadgets, it is easier to bully someone today. People can easily hide their true identity to make harsh comments online. They even make troll accounts to the extent of cyberbullying others. It makes you wonder why they invest so much time to bully and hurt other people. Cyberbullying is a new and high-level form of bullying, indeed.
Cyberbullying has been around when social media came into the picture. This was years ago but people haven’t taken it seriously. Recently, there are more people who take part to educate people about it. There are laws on cyberbullying. There are groups, organizations, even companies that are taking part in spreading information and sharing ways how to avoid or cope with cyberbullying.
Because of this, Globe Telecom, as one of the leading companies here in our country, came out with a cybersecurity and cyberwellness campaign to educate consumers about online threats. They want to ensure that our society remains safe from the cyberbullying threats through the internet. Through this concern, it gave birth to the #makeITsafePH campaign under CyberPinoy cyber wellness program. The campaign teaches the public proper online etiquette so that they would not become a source of bad behavior.
All of us must know the effects of cyberbullying on the victims. Thankfully, there are people and companies making campaigns for awareness and prevention on cyberbullying. I really hope that the next generation will know that cyberbullying or bullying, in general, is a bad thing and shouldn’t be tolerated. I hope that they will also learn how to be safe online and be responsible for whatever they post on their social media accounts.
There are a lot of cyberbullying happening in the internet world. Everyone, let’s be responsible!