by: Ovi Muniz
What is Cyberbullying?
Electronic communication used to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.
What is cyberbully to me?
Electronic communication used to harass a person because that person (he or she) does not have the nerve to confront face-to-face. That particular person who dreams about being tough or bad-ass cannot communicate effectively to address issues directly. Therefore, that person hides behind a monitor and types away non-sense to feel better about themself and not have the decency of the other's feelings.
Cyberbully is a severe problem because it is traumatizing than traditional forms of bullying. Through social media and mobile communications, the result is painful for the victims. As a result, the embarrassment, shame, and other more severe consequences of bullying can become even more critical.
A 12-year-old girl in New Jersey was found hanging in her bedroom closet. She was cyberbullied for at least nine months. The young child was dedicated to cheerleading and gymnastics.
And as we heard in the Wrestling Community, Hana Kimura committed suicide and was only 22 years old. WWE Superstar Kairi Sane saw her last tweet and informed Stardom Wrestler Jungle Kyona. By the time Kyona showed up at the house, it was too late.
In the United States, each state have laws to govern cyberbullying. Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Washington D.C. and Wyoming, do not have criminal sanction for cyberbullying or electronic harassment, according to cyberbully.org.
How can you defeat cyberbully?
There are many resources online to learn about cyberbully and how to stop cyberbully. As parents, we must stay engaged with our kids and know what they do online or on the phones. For kids, they can contact the teacher, school counselor, the principal, superintendent. Parents should have their kids establish comfort by having their kids open up to them by discussing about cyberbullies.
Adults, I encourage every workplace to take the time and talk about cyberbullies. As I mentioned earlier, there was a 12, 18, and 22 year old young people that took their own lives. Anyone can be traumatized by cyberbullies. I read them most of the time on Facebook and Twitter. We are never too old to learn and adjust changes around the world.
For more information on cyberbully, click here --> Stop Cyberbully
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)