Bullying is never a fun thing to experience especially if you are on the receiving side of the bullying. Since the age of computers, smartphones, and tablets started to become overly powerful and accessible to everyone with the help of fast internet and telecommunications, another form of bullying came about in the form of cyber bullying.
What is Cyber Bullying?
Cyber bullying is when a person sends hateful, critical, and highly offensive messages in different platforms. This could be via text message, email, or even indirect social media posts. There are very prominent social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter where people posts different hateful messages to the point that they use these platform as a way to “converse” with people because in some ways these social media platforms are more convenient as tools to express your thoughts because no one can see you and no one can tell you not to do so.
How to Stop Cyber Bullying
If you are a victim of cyber bullying or if you know someone who is being bullied via digital means, there are many ways you can stop it without even arriving at extreme measures like a lawsuit or a physical fight.
First thing to do if you are experiencing cyber bullying is to report it to your authorities or adults that can help you settle the cyber bullying. Some adults who are being victimized sometimes do not want to report the cyber bullying because they think it is too embarrassing or some other people might judge them and say they are too weak to handle their own problems.
If you are being cyber bullied, don’t think about being ashamed of your situation. The best thing to do to beat the cyber bully is to immediately report the incident so that it can be controlled before it even goes to the extreme. Some examples of extreme cases could be depression, suicide by the victim, or gun violence because of repressed and hurt feelings.
Second thing to do to fight cyber bullying is to keep the evidence that you were cyber bullied. You may never need to use the evidence, but if the cyber bully does not stop, you can always go to your evidence and report them to the police or get a lawyer and sue the cyber bully for the crime. In this situation, if you didn’t have evidence it could be hard to press charges on your cyber bully so always keep a screen shot or email the message to yourself as proof of the attack or harassment.
Finally, if you are being cyber bullied, do not reply or retaliate because it will only make your cyber bully even more satisfied. Most cyber bullies do what they do because they are looking for attention and want you to reply to them so that can have a means to waste time and engage in a heated conversation where they find satisfaction in debating. So if you want to stop cyber bullying, do not give in to your cyber bully.